I don’t know if you are into the whole “Bullet Journal” craze (if not, I highly recommend it!) I won’t go into detail about them, but I will show you my three favorite pages in mine: the maps!
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If you haven’t seen these beautiful maps on Pinterest already, you probably have seen cool scratch-off maps for your room (they’re also pretty cute!) These maps are pretty, artsy, and a nice little reminder (and inspiration) to start, or continue, traveling around the world.
People from my university get curious about my bullet journal (since I use it for everything) and I always receive comments on these three pages — I absolutely LOVE them.
Anyway, I didn’t get the idea myself. I was inspired by Krafty Owl’s bullet journal spreads (check them out for journal inspiration).
She started her U.S. map because she had a bucketlist of traveling to all 50 states. Since I haven’t been to too many states, but I’ve travelled to a good amount of countries, I decided to add two more maps: The Americas and Europe.
Map of the Americas
Isn’t it cute?!
Map of Europe
(I also squeezed a teeny tiny bit of Africa in there!)
Hopefully soon I can add a map of Asia to my journal as well!
How to Make the Maps
Well if these pictures have you ready to go, pen in hand, let me tell you how to make them:
**NOTE: it takes some time, and might hurt your hand — but it’s totally worth it!
- Find a nice outlined map on google of whichever continent, country, city, etc.
- Print out the map
- Flip the print-out over and trace the lines of the map onto the back of the page with pencil (make sure the lines are dark)
- Place the map on top of whatever surface you want it on (in this case, a bullet journal). Fit it so it is placed exactly where you would like the map to be drawn with the traced side facing down
- Secure the paper onto the journal or surface with tape (optional but recommended)
- Trace the map again, this time pushing hard to transfer the pencil from the first trace onto the bullet journal
- When done tracing, remove the print-out and voilà!
- If needed, re-trace the lines on the bullet journal itself to make them more solid… or even better… with pen!
You are now ready to color in and see your travel progress!
Bullet Journaling Tools
In case you are wondering, I use the following for my bullet journal, but feel free to use what you like best!
I hope this post has inspired you to keep track of your travels in a cute way, or to even start a bullet journal! You can even have a cool digital version of your travels like the one I have here — it all depends on your preferences.
Have another cool travel-tracker idea? Comment them down below or send me pictures of your travel maps! I’m absolutely obsessed with them and how others make them look. Happy travels!
Let me know if you’d like to see a step-by-step video or picture tutorial of the process!