“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

— St. Augustine

“It’s important to travel and move and have a continual set of experiences so you’ve got more to feed back into your work. For me, it’s a natural thing.”

— Cate Blanchett

“Airplane travel is nature’s way of making you look like your passport photo.”

— Al Gore

“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.”

— Henry David Thoreau

“A journey is like marriage.  The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.”

— John Steinbeck

“It is not down (contained) in any map: true places never are.”

— Herman Melville


“Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.”

— Truman Capote

“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travellers don’t know where they’re going.”

—Paul Theroux

“Paris is always a good idea.”

— Audrey Hepburn

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”

– Maya Angelou


People assume I became a map-maker because I love maps.  No, I didn’t.

My dad took me on a 3 week business trip to Europe for my high school graduation.  It was a whirlwind of airplanes, trains, and boats but mostly traveling by car through 11 countries.

I planned the routes and navigated with my Michelin maps while my dad drove.

In that 3 weeks I fell in love with travel, with places, with diverse people, and the maps that contained them. I’m fortunate that many years later, I’m still travelling, meeting new people, and making the maps that contain them.

P.S. I took the Venice photo.  I have a Corgi but he didn’t want to pose on the suitcase.

Jolan Falk