Last week, during my travels in the blogosphere I stumbled upon a beautiful concept; using a map as a journal. The idea is the brainchild of Linda Fairbairn from Journey Jottings, who have a gorgeous range of map journals, an exquisite collection of Australian travel stationary on which you can “jot your journey”. Linda’s love of maps got me thinking about how important maps and charts are to travellers, explorers and adventurers, not just as a means of finding our way, but also of finding our way back, through our memories.
It turned out that the chart had been used by Peter in his round the world sailing adventures back in the 1970s. He must have used hundreds of charts on this trip so what were the chances that the only one on board charted waters that were so familiar to me? It still had the navigation work penciled in, including marked waypoints and browned moisture marks. It really struck me that maps and charts can connect strangers in a unique way. Peter and I had not met until this point but were now able to have a chat about the beautiful coastline and our experiences of it. We would never both be in that same place at the same time yet we’d both been there. All seasoned travellers who swap trip notes can relate to this, yet the map or chart somehow enriches that shared experience that little bit more. Peter gave me the chart to take away, a nice reminder of home.
I think framed maps and charts make beautiful artwork, even more so if they have a personal story to tell. They are also a daily reminder of our often latent adventurous spirit and provide the ever present seed for your next adventure.