Scratch off Map

If you’ve decided to go travelling or know someone who is going travelling you need a Scratch off Map! These personalized world maps have a foiled surface which you can scratch off as you visit each country to reveal vibrant colors underneath. You can see why we called it a Scratch off Map now can’t you?! The perfect travel keepsake, ours Scratch Map® posters give you something to look forward to when the post holiday blues kick in on the flight home – uncovering the next country!

Record your travels with a Scratch off Map

They also serve as a great tool for reminiscing about past trips – you’ll never forget that little boat trip in Santorini again.
Whether you like a kick-back on the beach type of vacation or are up at the crack of dawn in the Swiss Alps, catching the first lift up the mountain, we have got a Scratch off Map to suit every type of traveller. Ranging from Scratch Map® Capitals travel map, which allows you to scratch off countries AND capital cities once they have been visited (perfect for the avid city breaker) to the Adventure Map that features over 280 ‘must do’ bucket list experiences to be scratched off as completed (perfect for the adrenalin junkie), there is a travel map for everyone.

Scratch off Map Original

It all started back in 2009 with our Scratch Map® Original poster and since then, our scratch off maps range has grown considerably. So go on, have a little scroll through and you’re bound to find a travel gift perfect for that friend who is off gallivanting around South East Asia. Psssst! We invented the Scratch off Map® poster concept so don’t get tricked into buying a copy, recreation or fake version of the Scratch Map® map!

The Original Scratch off Map

Scratch off Map Travel edition

The Scratch off Map travel edition is a small, compact yet highly details Scratch off Map that features a gold top foil layer that can be scratch ed off to reveal a new, bright colorful map with geographical detail. As you scratch away, countries, Oceans, states, cities, capitals, towns and landmarks are revealed. A highly quality map that you can take on holiday and record your travels as you go. Features travel information and trivia including gradients. Turn the map over and you will find a travel planner allowing you to plan your travel itinerary.

Scratch off map travel edition

Scratch off Map World XL Edition

Display your travel, holidays and globetrotting adventures with the the largest Scratch off Map in the collection. This large map of the World is huge! A giant map that can be pinned on any wall in the home or office or even framed. Scratch off where you’ve been to create your personalized travel record in it’s largest form. Features highly detailed cartography with countries, states, Oceans, Islands, capitals and so much more. Scratch off the foil and watch this incredible map come to life.

Large scratch off map of the World

The importance of maps

Standing in the dining room of one of my friends’ houses I found myself looking at a beautiful world map that they had framed and hanging on their wall. It was different from normal, not in that it had different countries or cities, it was that it was covered in an attractive gold foil. In a number of places it had been scratched off to reveal more of the country underneath. When we chatted about it (maps tend to do that don’t they? Spark conversation), I discovered that they were all places that he and his wife had visited together. He said that the presence of this map both reminded them of great trips but also fueled their wanderlust to get more “scratched off”. The Scratch off Map had really got me thinking about maps and encouraged me to give more thought about maps and their significance in our lives.

Track and plan trips with a Scratch off Map

There is something uniquely special about a map. They can encourage thoughts and day-dreams about far off places, be a catalyst for adventures to be planned or can be the reminder of a favorite trip or place.

For many their first experience of maps are dog-eared road atlases. Providing needed distraction whilst trapped in the rear seats of the family car. Long before the advent of seat belts and “in-car entertainment” the atlas could provide a distraction, an interest for the brain to distract from the business at hand. A little like reading the ingredients on various bathroom items whilst sitting on the toilet, before the introduction of smartphones – maybe that was just me!? The atlas had wonderful symbols, colors and had names of places known and unknown and promoted conversation beyond “are we nearly there yet?”

Geography teachers did their best to catalyze this interest. Many by encouraging beautifully colored versions of continents and oceans, best marks awarded to those who could keep the blue and the green between the lines! After that, for many, maps may fall out of favor, satellite navigation surpassed the road atlas and for many, a car now needs multiple charging sockets rather than an up to date 1 inch scale map.

History of maps

The art and science of making maps is known as cartography. The ability to universally communicate through maps is very well known. The earliest known maps are those formed out of Babylonian clays around 2300 BC. The ancient Greeks were keen map-makers and first offered the idea of a spherical Earth, this was discussed by Aristotle in about 350 BC and accepted by geographers ever since. During the Medieval period map making was mainly focused around religion. Jerusalem was the center of many maps.

Viking maps developed the coastal lands of Northern Europe whilst many Mediterranean civilizations mapped the south and the Arabic lands. Of course, these maps were engraved, hand-drawn and hand illuminated so production numbers were low and distribution limited.

The invention of printing during the Renaissance period really increased the availability of maps. Wooden block hand printing produced some useful and surprisingly accurate maps for the fifteenth century. Into the sixteenth century and copper engraved printing plates become the norm. During this time great explorations were taking place, navigational charts and maps went hand in hand. They depicted newly discovered coastlines, rivers, harbours, far-off cities and features of sailing importance. Compass lines and the occasional star chart were included to aid navigation. These charts and maps were of importance for economic, military and diplomatic reasons and as such were treated as commercial or national secrets.

Maps of the whole world appeared around the time when Columbus and others explored the New World. The first true world map is generally credited to Martin Waldseemüller in 1507.

Of course, projecting a spherical world onto a two-dimensional page requires alterations. The most common projection used today is the Mercator projection, first created in 1569.

Increased technology meant that through the next three centuries maps became increasingly accurate and detailed. Most nations undertook national mapping programs but in reality, the biggest leaps of map accuracy actually took place during the First World War photographic reconnaissance.

Geographical Information Systems or GIS developed in the second half of the twentieth century, it really changed the face of cartography. Layers of data and information collected in a variety of ways have enabled very accurate versions of the world around us to be created.

I am currently in a year where me and most of my friends are having a “significant” birthday where the long-forgotten ritual of buying each other presents and gifts has been reignited. I remembered this brilliant Scratch Map that had sparked my interest in maps. I put in an effort free search of the internet. I quickly found the supplier, Luckies.

They had a number of different versions and scales of various maps and I set about ordering some for different important friends. Buying a gift of art for people to hang on a wall can be too personal and a challenging task. Often it can fail. As soon as they open the gift you can see on their face that is wasn’t a good choice. I am happy to say that since buying a number of my friends scratch maps it was clear it was a unique gift that they appreciated. Who knows what adventures the map might encourage them on, or what valuable memory it will remind them of?