Thanks to a post I wrote two years ago about the bucklistmap, a local store here in Singapore contacted me and asked if I wanted to check out the actual map.
The store is Shinnpark which is located at Clarke Quay Central 6 Eu Tong Sen Street #01-43. They are inside Central shopping mall, close to the door opens towards Singapore River.
Awesome Maps is the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign created by Simon Schuetz from Germany, a travel lover (of course he is). Schuetz managed to raised more than USD $56,000 with 1,163 backers.
Even though the Kickstarter campaign has ended, these maps are now made available for sale to the general public.
Shinnpark happens to be one of the distributor and store selling them here in Singapore.
The map measures 97.5 cm (38 inches) x 56 cm (22 inches). That's huge. It's stored safely in a beautiful cylindrical case.
There are four editions to the map, the matte, re-writable, scratch and XXL.
The matte version is printed on 150 lbs art paper with a luxe matte finish that should look great in any light.
The re-writable version has a whiteboard coating that makes the colours more vibrant, and you can write on it to cross out places you've been to. Mine's the re-writable version but I probably won't be writing on the beautiful artwork.
The scratch version has the map coated with some silver scatch-off layer. You know those scratch-and-win cards? It's just like that. You can scratch off to reveal the different countries. It should be quite fun to scratch off the countries one by one after you have visited them all.
And then there's the XXL version that measures 150 cm (59 inches) x 90 cm (35 inches). I didn't see any XXL version at Shinnpark store, but if you get this on Awesome-maps.com, it's USD $139. The map is printed on heavy 100% cotton cloth with satin finish surface for brilliant colours and reduced reflection.
The map I have is big, but I can't imagine how big the XXL version will be.
Basically, each country will have their main attractions pointed out. For bigger countries such as Canada, several interesting places could be fitted in. For smaller countries, they usually only have one activity drawn out.
Besides the illustrations, there are also pointers on what you can do in the country.
The drawings are very detailed. The overall project is just fun to look at.
As someone who also likes traveling, I find the illustrated places tempting me to visit them.
This is Europe and you can see all the tiny drawings squeezed into the landmass. The printing resolution is quite high and everything still appears sharp.
Australia is definitely one of the places I want to visit as well.
And New Zealand too!
This is how the map looks all framed up.
In addition to the bucklistmap (spelled without spacing for some reason), there are also other maps available, namely kidsmap, surftripmap, West Coast Map, snowtripmap and footballmap.
All these awesome maps are available at Shinnpark.
There are also other retailers located in Singapore, namely:
- Artbox, Ion Orchard #B4-14/15
- Books Kinokuniya (Ngee Ann City)
- Carry On Cafe, 348 Tanjong Katong Road
- Made by Lauren Jasmine, 47 Amoy Street
- Playhao, Forum The Shopping Mall #02-15
- Rose Citron, 23 Keong Saik Road
- White Rose Parlour, Orchard Gateway #04-06
And to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any enquiries.