"Someday I would like to write a piece about the fun of voyaging with maps -- without ever leaving home."
This is such a wonderful quote, and perfectly describes the almost geeky fanaticism felt by map lovers. And I am most certainly a map lover.
My love of maps began when I was a kid. My grandparents gave me a subscription to National Geographic's World Magazine, which I read cover to cover every month, and the occasional map that was included in some issues were cherished. I would pour over them, analyzing the areas they covered, and imagine visiting these sometimes faraway places.
As I got older, I graduated to National Geographic Magazine, and the maps that were included with many of those issues were much more complex than in World. My favorite map was a political map of the United States, and I invented so many different mapping games, the rules of which only I knew, and I could play with them by myself for hours.
Soon, I started buying Rand McNally and AAA road atlases every year, and I would go through them page by page, exploring the states, highways, and sites, comparing the new editions with past editions, and planning and planning and planning future road trips and vacations.
In college, I discovered that I could major in Geography, and I pursued my Bachelors degree in Cartography, eventually getting a job in the government as a professional cartographer.
With the advent of the internet, the world of cartography continues to grow, and the number of online mapping sites make it easy to plan just about anything, from checking traffic for local trips and destinations, to planning huge cross-country road trips. It's a map lovers dream!
I'm constantly planning road trips, and I have a catalog of at least a dozen different trips that I want to take. And I still use a paper map atlas, along with the technology available, to plan these trips. And this creates, and sometimes even satiates, my wanderlust.
Have a great evening, everyone!