Places Are Made Of A Thousand Stories
November 12, 2013 9:28 AM   Subscribe

"I want to see the world. Follow a map to its edges, and keep going. Forgo the plans. Trust my instincts. Let curiosity be my guide.
I want to change hemispheres and sleep with unfamiliar stars and let the journey unfold before me."

Maptia is on a mission to gather first-person stories from travelers, "to create the most inspirational map in the world."

* Background on the site from its founders. Discusses their focus on collaborative storytelling. Quotes novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and links to her TED talk, "The danger of a single story."
* Wired: Startup of the Week: Maptia
* GeekWire: TechStars Spotlight: Maptia charts course with interactive map

Articles can be browsed through the main page. They are also gathering related stories by theme on their blog:
Theme 1: Hike to the Summit
Theme 2: On the Road to Somewhere
Theme 3: Wonders of the World

* The Adventurist's Map of the World
* Photo Essay: Abandoned Places
* Photo Essay: Faces of the World
* 11 Untranslatable Words From Other Cultures.
* "Maptia Moments" 1, 2
* Magnificent Maps and Cartographic Curiosities

Latitude Interviews:
- 18°S and 71°W with Ed Stafford in Olorua and the Amazon
- 140°E with Tim White in Tokyo
- 2°E with Rolf Potts in Paris
- 18°W with Alastair Humphreys in Iceland
- 6°N with Chris Guillebeau in Monrovia
- 37°N with Geraldine DeRuiter in San Francisco
- 11°E with Duncan Geere in Gothenburg
- 155°W with Pam Mandel in Hawaii
- 123°W with Tracy Zhang in Vancouver
- 3°E with Mike Sowden in Orkney
- 40°N with Kirsten Alana in New York
posted by zarq (3 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
If you're looking for a place to dive in, try the three links listed under Themes in the post. They're an aggregate of links to stories that have been posted to the site along a particular topic.
posted by zarq at 9:34 AM on November 12, 2013

I'm SO tempted, but I am hoping to break into travel writing as a vocation, and I'm afraid of giving away my best material....

(Unless they pay, in which case tell me more.)
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:50 AM on November 12, 2013

I noticed one or two stories on the site were written by professional writers, like this one by Heather Pringle who is a contributor to both Science and Archaeology Magazines.
posted by zarq at 10:12 AM on November 12, 2013

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