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 travel 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 bullet journal pictures on Pinterest (have a look for more inspiration!)
Since I haven’t been to too many states, but I’ve traveled to a good amount of countries, I decided to not only make a U.S. map but to also 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!
Bullet Journaling Tools
You can use whichever tools you prefer, but just in case you are wondering, I use the following for my bullet journal:
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:
- Find a nice outlined map on google of whichever continent, country, city, etc. I recommend the following:
- Print out the map(s) you want to use
- Lay a sheet of graphite paper on a set of blank pages in your bullet journal
- Lay the printed map on top of the graphite paper, and secure both to the bujo (bullet journal) if you’d like (optional but recommended)
- Start tracing the map outline with a graphite pencil (and some pressure, to transfer the lines over). Here is a quick video on how to use graphite transfer paper
- Detach the printout and graphite paper
- Retrace the drawn lines with pen
If you have don’t have any graphite paper and have some time on your hands, there is still a way for you to draw the maps. Be sure to have the maps printed already and just follow the steps below:
**NOTE: it takes some time, and might hurt your hand — but it’s totally worth it!
- 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 a pen!
You are now ready to color in and see your travel progress!
I hope this post has inspired you to keep track of your travels 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. Happy travels!
Let me know if you’d like to see a step-by-step video or picture tutorial of the process.