Hip My Trip is my project ( Etsy shop & website) creating beautiful wall art from special trips.
The concept came from going on a round-the-world trip, working remote as a designer, and wishing to have a more aesthetically pleasing way to show my route other than Google Maps.
I accept URL’s from Google Maps, Map My Run, and other map sites (or get the list of locations in order) to create these images. There are a few map companies out there that will print a location from Google Maps, but I really wanted to show the routes since it tells a grand story of a trip and encourages travel and curiosity.
Currently I am making maps as a service, however my long term goals for this would be more community-based and centered around using maps as a conversation piece in forums. We are figuring out the best way to draw on maps so we could provide this free service to anyone- for example travel bloggers- and then getting a designed map could be more of an afterthought to the brand. I personally wish more travel bloggers had easy to follow maps in their posts! When I research before going on a trip I really wish I could visually see where these people went instead of needing to copy and paste each new location. A service like this would be very useful and more shareable for a blogger too. (Much prettier than google maps!)
Hip My Trip's Instagram shares images from customers' trips to create a community around the love of travel and geography.
I opened shop in November 2017 so it is a new venture for me and I am really proud of where I'm at and excited for goals to expand.