One of the hottest travel products out right now is the scratch off map. What are scratch off maps? Scratch off maps are basically a new twist on the standard world map that you would put up on your wall. For as long as maps have been around, there really wasn’t a great way to document and show off where you’ve traveled, until now.
Recently someone came up with the great idea to take a world map, and add a scratchable foil on top of all the countries. The foil is very similar to what you’d find on a standard lottery ticket, and similarly, all you really need to scratch is a quarter however we’ve written about even better ways to scratch off a scratch map. Since its creation, all kinds of scratch off maps have been popping up all over the place leading to a very crowded market of products that seem quite similar.
Who Makes the Best Scratch off World Map?
At Voyage Mapper, we make what we consider to be the best scratch off world map for many reasons. With so many brands out there with a scratch off map these days, we thoughtfully created ours after scoping out all the competition had to offer
1. Flags are included at the bottom
When searching and trying out different scratch maps, we really liked the ones that offered flags at the bottom. Adding flags of the various countries at the bottom adds another element to the map. Scratching off the flag after you scratch off a country you visit creates an educational opportunity. We are all familiar with many world flags, but we’re willing to bet there’s plenty others you aren’t as familiar with, and providing flags to scratch makes for a better user experience.
2. US States are included
We’ve noticed that not every version of the scratch off world map features the state borders and names of all 50 states. Many maps out there only show the US as one giant landmass without state borders, and one solid color just like the other countries. Whether you’re a US citizen or not, you can appreciate a map that has the detail of all the US states. This is another way that we’ve set ourselves apart from the rest.
3. Bolder colors
Unfortunately, many other maps out there use subtle and boring colors underneath the foil. This is not the case with Voyage Mapper. We use very bold and bright colors, making it even more fun to scratch off, so you can reveal the colors underneath. It’s not just the colors underneath the countries that we love, it’s also the colors around them. The vast majority of maps available use black as the dominant color for the water. We really don’t understand this because in our opinion, blue is the best color to use for water, and the navy blue that we chose really contrasts well with the gold foil, and the clean white border.
4. Larger size
The Voyage Mapper world travel map is just the right size…large! Non-scratch maps can get away with being smaller, but a scratch map should be large so it is easier to scratch smaller countries and islands. Voyage Mapper is available in one size only: 35 x 21 inches, we haven’t really seen anything much larger than this so we will side with them when it comes to the best-sized scratch off map. There certainly are smaller scratch-off maps, but simply put, they are not practical for scratching.
5. Easier to scratch
This is something you really can’t understand without trying several maps out for yourself. Functionally speaking, different scratch off maps have varying levels of ease as far as scratching goes. Ideally you want something with foil that is easy to scratch, but not so sensitive that the slightest touch will also scratch what you don’t want. When maps are difficult to scratch it can be frustrating to scratch off large countries like Russia or Canada. Scratching your map should be easy and fun. After noticing how difficult it was to scratch on other maps, we created ours with the best foil possible, which makes scratching very smooth and easy.
6. Better Packaging
Other maps that we tried out had very boring packaging. We realize that this isn’t very important, and that’s why it’s towards the end of our list. But we think their tubes are really cool, and much better than the rest that we saw in our trials. Our tube is black with a crisp white version of our logo. It is not bulky like some are.
If you’re looking for a scratch off world map, we encourage you to give ours a try! Voyage Mapper Maps are very framable, so check out our article on how to frame a scratch off map.