Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been?
When I try to think about all the places I’ve been and those that I haven’t yet encountered, my thoughts get all jumbled. I’m a visual person. I need to see things to remember them.
You see, a few years back I made a goal for myself that I would step foot in each and every US state before I’m no longer able to travel. How close am I to reaching my goal? Ugh, I don’t know!! In my head, it feels like I’ve been almost everywhere but when I sit down and mark out my destinations I realize I am far from it!
This also ties into where I want to go next. I need to SEE it in order to consider it.
Seriously, TEXAS! How could I forget to visit Texas??
So, in order to help stay organized in my thoughts and help me remember the adventures I’ve already had, I decided to create this travel tracking wall map. I love that it works on so many levels: a nice display piece for my living room wall and a daily reminder to book that next trip!
Where to next??
I’m happy to report that creating this travel tracking wall map was super easy and I love the way it turned out! I’ll share how I did it and leave links to what I purchased below!
Tracking Travel Map Art Idea
I absolutely adore that this project is both a daily reminder of where I’ve been and an inspirational piece to keep me going. Let’s talk quickly about what I bought in order to create it.
What I Used:
How I Created My Travel Wall Art Map:
After all of the materials arrived, I was able to create my wall art map in minutes. Here’s how I put it all together.
- Remove the back of the frame and the “glass”. Set the “glass” aside – I didn’t use this in the project.
- Use the back of the frame to trim the cork board to the right size.
- Assemble the wall art using the laminated map first, then cork, and finally replace the back of the frame.
- Hang it on the wall and add a pin to each place on the map as it is visited.
TIP: If you have kids in the home or don’t want to use pins/tacks, another good option would be to use star stickers to mark your destinations!
I decided to give myself a standard for when to mark off a destination; when I’ve made a specific trip to visit a destination it gets marked (driving through doesn’t count). I think it’s good to think about what counts before getting started.
Now all that’s left to do is sit back and think about where to go next or remember that one time when I visited the Palm Beaches. . . it was sunny there. 🙂 I sure do miss the sun. . .