How To: Make Maps in Your Bullet Journal

How To: Make Maps in Your Bullet Journal

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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Travel Maps

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

Map of the Americas in Bullet Journal | Bad with Directions | Blog

Isn’t it cute?!

Map of Europe

(I also squeezed a teeny tiny bit of Africa in there!)

European Map in Bullet Journal | Bad with Directions | Blog

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!

  1. Find a nice outlined map on google of whichever continent, country, city, etc.
  2. Print out the map
  3. 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)
  4. 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
  5. Secure the paper onto the journal or surface with tape (optional but recommended)
  6. Trace the map again, this time pushing hard to transfer the pencil from the first trace onto the bullet journal
  7. When done tracing, remove the print-out and wallah!
  8. 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!

Moleskine Classic Dotted Notebook, Soft Cover (3.5 x5.5)

Pigma Micron Fine Line Pen (in different tip sizes)

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!


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  1. July 13, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    What a cool idea! I would love to start doing something like this!

  2. July 13, 2017 / 7:26 pm

    I’ve recently fallen in love with bullet journaling and I LOVE this! I haven’t been out of the U.S. but I can definitely track where I’ve already been here (I’m a California girl, too!) One day, I’d LOVE to travel the world, so I’ll put a map (or two) in my journal and treat it as a vision board. 🙂

    This was great because I love learning about new, creative ways to use my bujo!

    • July 13, 2017 / 7:52 pm

      Woo! California love! YES, definitely put in a map (or two) it will be great inspiration for your next trip! I hope you can travel internationally soon — even though the U.S. itself is HUGE so there’s a lot to see as well 🙂

  3. Desi @ A Northern Girl
    July 13, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    I want to put a map in my bujo so badly, but I’m so uncoordinated even in tracing something, haha!

    • July 13, 2017 / 7:40 pm

      Haha, it can be a bit difficult yes. Another way is to print out a map and paste it to your bujo. Let me know if you decide to put a map in! 🙂

  4. July 11, 2017 / 9:41 pm

    Hi, Nicole! I just found your blog and LOVE it! I am an American from PA but moved to Copenhagen a year ago. I LOVE living abroad! I have visited beautiful Spain 2 times since moving. Your blog is so cute and helpful. Love your bullet journal idea! Good luck with blogging 🙂

    Madison from

    • July 12, 2017 / 12:30 am

      Hi Madison! Thank you so much for the kind words! I’m glad there are other people who feel the same way about living abroad. It’s so much fun — and a MUST for everyone! Let me know when you visit Spain again, would be nice to meet fellow bloggers! 🙂

  5. July 11, 2017 / 11:40 am

    Love this! You have been to so many cool places! I really like looking at bullet journal pages and I would love to start one myself but I just do not have the patience to put so much work and effort in it. Yours looks so beautiful! 🙂

    • July 11, 2017 / 4:24 pm

      Thank you! I completely get the patience part. It takes a long time and it’s super easy to mess up. Let me know if you ever do end up making one! 🙂

  6. Preeti Tammineedi
    July 11, 2017 / 1:11 am

    Congrats Nicole!! This looks wonderful!! I’m so proud of you!! Muah!!

  7. July 9, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    Oh my goodness, I just LOVE bullet journals! I love how you can make it your own -and some people are so creative! I suck at drawing and coming up with cool ideas, but I was interested in starting a bullet journal at some point before I just threw it out the window because I thought I would be awful at it.
    This makes me want to try again!!
    x Jordan

    • July 9, 2017 / 9:07 pm

      I understand the feeling! Seeing all the cool pages people come up with makes you super inspired but intimidated at the same time. Don’t give up yet! Give it a try and let me know how it goes 🙂

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