Map On My Wall

Jan 17, 2015 by

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Mumbai, India

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Ely, England

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Yosemite, USA

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Iceland

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St. Petersburg, Russia

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Martha’s Vineyard, USA

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Fonte da Telha, Portugal

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Vancouver, Canada

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Chitwan, Nepal

 

I put a map on my wall this past week. It was going to cost $249 to have it framed, so I taped it. I then put little red stickers to mark off where I’ve been. Some cities and places weren’t listed so I had to guess. I stepped back and looked at those little dots. After more than ten years of travel and over 40 countries visited (some of them more than once), my map looked kind of empty.

People always tell me I’ve travelled so much. It’s true, I have. Yet, it’s insatiable.

This isn’t a glass/map half full or half empty scenario. It’s a fact – there is much of the world I’ve yet to see, so much I still crave.

I looked at that map, at the little red dots and see all the places I still need to see.

That left me with only one question…

Where will I go next?

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Where do you think I will go next? 

Where will you go next?

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14 Comments

  1. I love the idea of having a map to record everywhere I’ve been. My mum tracked my brother’s round the world trip in this way when he went traveling and it looks amazing on his bedroom wall. One day, when I have a wall to put it on, I’m definitely going to do this. Oh, and where I’m going next in Thailand, in three days!!

    • Colleen

      Yes, I put my map on the wall opposite my bed, and I still haven’t decided if this was a good decision or not. I just keep looking at it and thinking “I have to go there. And there. And there and there and there…”
      Have a ball in Thailand! x

  2. $249 to frame the map!!?? Yikes.

    I feel the same way. We’ve made travel a priority and have done it whenever we can, but I feel there is still so much to see! I think top of our list are places like Japan, Iran, Tanzania, Russia and New Zealand. Oh and I want to go to Hawaii too to see the behemoth Mauna Loa and eat macadamia nuts like they are going out of style.

    • Colleen

      The lady in the store said “That’ll be two forty-nine.” And I was like, “As in two *hundred* and forty nine dollars?” And she goes, “Yes, framing in expensive.” And I was like, “That’s a flight somewhere. Bye.” Taped it for free ninety-nine.
      Can we go to Iran together? I’m going to tag along, ok thanks.

  3. I recently filled in the Matador travel map and felt the same way. There’s still so much I want to see! Next up is probably some local travel within Latvia and then Belgium. I’ve been before, but there was a cheap direct flight from Riga, and waffles 🙂

  4. Emy

    We should go to Jordan together!

  5. Check out thrift shops! When I framed my map I searched tons of shops and measured tons of frames before finding one that was the right size. But once I did, it was only $3!

    • Colleen

      That’s a really great idea… I think my map might be a pretty wonky/unusual size, but I will keep my eyes peeled whenever I make it into thrift shops.

  6. Rob

    We are returning home in August, but we will be buying a big map to remind us of everywhere we still need to go. Might not frame it though!

    • Colleen

      Ha, yeah the frames are goofy expensive. If I have to choose between a frame for my map and a flight somewhere, I think the choice is clear.

  7. I think that is always the hardest question to answer! There are just so many places 🙂

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