Mapping out the anticipation

Although I am a firm believer in not overplanning anything, I do like to make sure I don't miss out on experiencing the very best of what a destination has to offer.  For my upcoming European adventures, I have decided the best way to do this is to make maps.  I don't want to live with my head buried in a travel guide, but I don't want to obliviously drive right past amazing places.

Blank outline of France...yes it is blurry...bad camera skills!
 So I plot all the sights that I think would be worth a visit onto the map, then if I find myself in that area, I will know to be sure to stop off at the places marked on the map.
A completed map of Spain...even blurrier but you get the idea!
Also... I am a bit of a cartography geek if I am honest, and I find making maps hugely satisfying.  They are beautiful and oh so inspiring.  Maybe once I have started to visit the places on the maps I will add more detail to them to make them into my ideal travel memento.  I'm not sure yet, I just know I cannot wait to get started.

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