Why I make travel maps…
About 8 years ago, I needed a birthday gift for one of my closest friends. After really thinking about it (for too many days), I thought about how much she likes to travel. So, I went to the barn, found and good sized piece of wood, and began the creation process.
When I gave the travel map to her, she was excited and told me that “this” is what I should add to my Etsy shop. You guys, I didn’t have the opportunity to travel as a child, or a young adult, or even while our kids were young. My husband and I just didn’t grow up as kids who traveled and we never knew what we were missing out on. I was clueless to the fact that people loved to travel and also, people didn’t go to Myrtle Beach every year, they actually like to see new places. What?! I just didn’t know.
Even though I was unsure how this new product would fit into my shop, I listed it anyway. It took a loooong 6 months before I got my first sale, but then they kind of took off! I couldn’t believe it! Over the years I have hand lettered thousands of maps for people all over the USA and the world, too!
This new income allowed our family an opportunity to travel and begin to see some new places and let our boys experience new adventures. I am hooked now and I hope I get to travel for many, many more years! There’s so much to see and do! I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list!