If you love jetting off on new adventures, or know someone who does, this Travel Memory Map DIY is for you! Travelling is a great way to learn about different cultures, taste amazing food, spend time with friends and family or to meet new people along the way. Many of us enjoy documenting our experiences so we can look back and reminisce. Let’s face it, with Facebook and Instagram at our fingertips, it’s never been easier to just check in at that hidden coffee shop in Paris or to take a quick snap of your favourite gelato in Florence. By the time you’ve arrived back home, you’ve taken a trillion photos and posted nearly all of them on social media. You may print a few and place them in a photo book that you will probably never look at again. But what if you had a creative and tangible way to document it all? That’s where the memory map comes in and since I’ve started one I’ve never looked back. Here in this one place, I have photos and postcards and little snippets of my travels. Hanging over my desk, it’s a joyful reminder of all the places I’ve seen and fun memories I have – perfect for perking up any Monday morning. What’s more, it’s super easy to create and personalise. So just follow the guide below to create your own travel memory map!
Materials & Steps
First things first, you need a map! You can opt for a traditional world map or, if your travels are focused in one area, a single country or continent map. For example, perhaps you aim to visit all the US states or want to plot out an Interrail trip in Europe.
Some people paste a world map poster onto foam-board or on a corkboard. If so, make sure the board is cut to the size of your map. Then lay your board down flat and spay with an adhesive spray and place your map on your board. Carefully smooth out any wrinkles and let dry.
Me I like canvas, so I have a world map canvas stretched over a wooden frame.
What To Add To Your Map:
Postcards & Photos
I love taking photos when travelling and have a few special ones that I print. To avoid cluttering my map with too many big photos, I often print them smaller or grouped together on a postcard with the ultimate saying or quote to sum up the trip. You can include postcards you’ve bought while on holiday – I even post a few back to myself with snippets of that day’s adventures scribbled on the back. Or buy some vintage travel postcards after you get home.
Labels & Stickers
With a pin, I add little labels to the cities or countries I’ve visited. Or to avoid using too many pins, simply print some stickers to stick on to all your locations. You could customise your stickers on Zazzle with the year of the trip or even a tiny photo of who joined you.
If you’re sentimental and hang on to little bits and pieces, pin those up too! For example, maybe you have business cards or receipts from favourite restaurants or tickets to a museum or attraction.
Yarn or Ribbon
If you want to mark a special journey like a road trip or round the world adventure, I’ve seen people stitch or mark out their route.
As well as past adventures, you can use your map to plan your next adventure. Perhaps pin a colour-coded label or sticker for all those places on your bucket list. Then you can replace it when you make it there.
The best part of all is that it’s never finished! You can continue to build your map and memories trip by trip for years to come. How would you make your own travel memory map – or do you record your travels in another creative way?