They Draw and Travel is a clever website created by Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell curating maps designed by artists from around the world. The term map is used loosely in this instance; your sat nav wont be giving up its day job any time soon. Indeed, if you followed the map of Europe (above) you would be looking for the Loch Ness Monster in Norfolk, rather than Scotland. Instead they are wonderful illustrations by artists giving a flavour of their favourite sites and activities from a place where they live or have visited. In the words of They Draw and Travel, 'Each map is one-of-a-kind, highlighting off-the-beaten path sites and activities that are local favourites. You won't find anything like this in a guidebook!'
There is alternative Orlando, 'for those who don't want to see the Mouse by Jenipher Lyn. Two maps that immediately made me want to go to Texas: Active Austin by Caitlin B. Alexander which includes a plea to 'Keep Austin Weird' and identifies the Armadillo World Headquarters. Another Texas one maps a run in Northway Park, Orange by Catherine Fontenot which alerts you to chihuahua poop and an old man in short, shorts.
Mia Pizutto has charted the musical legacy of Seattle, home to Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain.
As residents of Scotland we laughed at the comment provoked by the Mary Queen of Scots map by Lisa Graves. Goat Lady commented: 'I believe I would be happy in this place in spite of the poison, death and insanity.'
By James Orndorf, Durango, Colorado, the 'Napa Valley of Beer'
Istanbul by Meltem Sozer
Fashionable Paris by Luong Linh, Vietnam.
All the maps can be printed from They Draw and Travel site. Books with collected illustrations are available to buy from their shop.