This is a product that I’m so excited to review! I mean, how cool is this? I’ve been looking for something like it for ages with little luck, at least at this price point and heard from several of you that have as well. Mike and Brenda at have created the perfect travel map.
They offer several different varieties of handmade U.S. and world maps on their website. The one I will be reviewing is the Earth Tone World Map with a brown frame, but there are many colors and frame options to choose from.
I received my map in no time and it was extremely well packed and arrived in perfect condition.
The maps are mounted on foam board then framed without glass (the pins don’t work too well through glass), so in spite of it’s large size (27.5” by 39.5” framed) it’s actually surprisingly light, which makes for much easier shipping and wall mounting.
Speaking of wall mounting, the push pin travel map comes with everything you need out of the box. The back arrives wired for hanging and they even include a nail and the little hook picture hangey thing (that’s the technical name for it right?). It took about 3 seconds to pop it on the wall, and about a week to finally clean off my bookcase enough to be photograph worthy for the general internet (yes, sadly that is the cleaner version). I think it looks amazing (the map, not my bookcase). It will be quite the conversation piece as soon as I get the rest of the house clean enough to have people over. So at a rate of one bookcase per week, that means I’ll be having a BBQ sometime early next year.
Then comes the fun part, using the push pins!
Everything is so nicely packaged! Each map comes with 100 pins in red, white, and black, but there are extras and more colors available on the site.
It’s a tactile reminder that I need to go more places. I’ve officially making it my goal to have to re-order new pins.
Aside from it’s obvious use of measuring my shortcomings and prompting me to book more flights, it’s also a great gift.
I’m at an age where everyone I know is getting married and this is what they are all getting. It even comes with a plaque you can have engraved with 3 lines of text. It’s literally the perfect wedding gift, even if it’s from a guest that resents spending her time and money there instead of working to fill in her own map. They don’t need to know that.
I love my push pin travel map, and hopefully it’s place of prominence in my home will inspire me to travel more and keep the place clean enough for entertaining.
For the sake of full disclosure, I’ll tell you that I did receive compensation or free products in exchange for an honest review. Of course as always, all opinions are entirely my own.