I have a deep fascination with maps. As a child, I spent hours looking through atlases and dreaming of far away places. Globes were spun and studied. Classroom maps couldn’t escape my attention either. Old-school Rand McNally paper maps were removed from my parents’ cars and refolded beyond recognition. Once I became a homeowner, I began collecting vintage globes. Names and borders of countries changed, but my obsession with the world did not.
For me, maps don’t just represent geography. They are visual representations of my past. Spotting China brings back memories of walking along the Great Wall, and the sight of Italy makes my mouth water for Tuscan wine and carbonara. Seeing the familiar shape of Texas makes my heart full, while France makes me think to the future. Like art, maps mean different things to different people, evoking emotions based on personal experiences. I appreciate that as time passes and trips are taken, my perceptions continue to evolve, making my experiences with maps evergreen.
I don’t do giveaways often, but given my love for maps, I just couldn’t say no to Ankita. In her Etsy shop, Textured Ink, Ankita sells a variety of custom travel maps. I’m obsessed with having one of my own, but I don’t think it’s conducive for my move to Paris. Thus, I’m giving you an opportunity to win a Textured Ink creation.
Up for grabs is a 24 x 36 world map. Mounted on moisture-resistant high-end black foam, the map comes with mounting hooks and a box of 100 colored pins to mark your travels. Over thirty different colors are available to choose from, and personalized text can also be added. Valued at $154, this is a great treat for yourself or the travel lover in your life. Shipping is also included, but only to addresses in the USA.
This giveaway runs from Monday, March 9 through Monday, March 23, 2015. For your chance to win, tell me in the comments which destination you’re longing to pin; visit Textured Ink on Facebook; and for an extra chance to win, tweet about the giveaway. The winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter and contacted via email.
Check out all the other products from Textured Ink. Make sure to use the code LEAH15 for 15% off of your order.