But I Can’t Draw

“I can’t draw to save my life” “I credit myself with zero artistic ability“ “I simply cannot draw“ These are all comments left by *you*, my readers, when I’ve been waxing lyrical about the fun and benefits of creating storymaps for recording holiday travel memories, rather than taking what has, to date, been the more traditional route of […]

The Laid Back Travel Journal Layout – How to Story-Map Your Day

This post forms part of my series How to Travel Journal Like a Mapmaker… In the previous three posts about creating story-maps I’ve covered: How to Make the Most of Line Types to Express Your Travels How to Create the Illusion of Movement with Arrows And the Use of Pictogram Symbols  for pictorially communicating your trips Now, how […]

Do You Realize How Often You Already Use Pictogram Symbols?

This post is part of my series How to Travel Journal Like a Mapmaker… Here, I illustrate my hand drawn sheets of pictogram symbols. Seeing the World in Symbols Pictograms are the type of symbol we see frequently on our travels and without even thinking what their meaning is, we comprehend them no matter what language we speak. Along with […]

How to Travel Journal like a Map-Maker

Why do you treasure your travel journals? For their marvelous memories, of course! Memories of faraway places… exotic locations… & experiences often never to be repeated So, how do you capture your adventures? By words? Pages and pages of descriptive writing? By sketches? Whimsical lines and blobs of colour expressing an essence? By scrapbooking? Collating […]

How Do You Capture Moments That Your Camera Misses?

How to Capture Missed Moments It was the most perfect of days – A sky of pale cerulean blue across the horizon rising through wispy white clouds to a deep azure above. And a turquoise sea, which when looking into the sun shimmered and sparkled as though a canopy of diamonds was laid across its […]

Why Not Tell Your Story with Doodle Drawings… as Well as Words?

Storytelling in Pictures When introduced to story telling as a child we ‘read’ picture books not through the words on each page, but via the [gorgeous] illustrations that bring the story to life. When we enter primary school we naturally express ourselves and share ideas (however silly) through drawings – But once we hit High School, we’re increasingly ‘taught’ to […]

Travel Journal Ideas – Why Write When You Can Have a Travel Story-Map?

When I shared one of my travel journal ideas of a Story-Map Journal I’d kept last year in Europe, there was a buzz of excitement and interest. Certainly, for me, it’s been the most successful travel journal I’ve ever kept. A mere glance at any page brings my travel memories vividly, and instantly, back to life without having […]