From Vintage To Modern: 26 Inspiring World Map Art Pieces For Your Walls

Written by: Lara
Last update:
Map of the world with pins
Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This won’t cost you anything but it helps us to offset the costs of running our site. Read the affiliate disclosure to find out more.
This article has been written and researched by our gift experts following strict guidelines. Learn more about our methodology

Are you looking for unique and creative world map decoration ideas for your home? Look no further! A world map is so much more than just a tool for navigation, it’s a stunning piece of art that adds character and charm to any room. Whether you prefer a vintage or modern aesthetic, there are countless world map ideas for your home decor.

In this blog post, we included 26 inspiring travel map ideas that are sure to make a statement on your walls and showcase your passion for travel and exploration. Get ready to unleash your inner explorer and add a touch of wanderlust to your home!

If you like travel-themed home decor ideas, you may also like these posts

Are you short on time? Check out the editor’s top three world map ideas.

Save these world map ideas

Do you have more friends or relatives who are obsessed with maps or traveling? Share these world map decoration ideas with them, or save this post for the next time you need to find the perfect home gift for a traveler!

World map wall decor

World map ideas for large budgets

#1 Scratch world map poster

World scratch map
Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

I know, I know, I promised you a list of unique world map ideas. But I can’t just make a list with travel maps ideas without including the number one map for travelers: A scratch map.

However, I do want to keep my promise about sharing original items. And as it turns out there are quite a few different scratch maps you can choose from.

  • Classic Scratch Map. This is the cheapest version and simply includes all countries, but nothing extra.
  • Scratch Map Deluxe. This is the one in the photo, besides all countries, there is also the possibility of scratching continents and world geographical information
  • Scratch map with flags. This is the one I have, it allows you to scratch off the flags of the countries you’ve visited as well as the countries themselves.

#2 Coffee scratch-off map

Scratch map
Photo courtesy of Black Maps

I already talked about this map in my coffee lovers’ gift guide.

But this coffee and chocolate world scratch map. does not only provide space to scratch off countries you have visited, but also coffee and cacao beans you’ve tried there!

It’s by far the best travel map idea for coffee and chocolate lovers.

#3 Push pin travel map wall decor

Push pin world map
Pushpin world map

Travel maps that are made from foam are the perfect push-pin map, where you can pin every place you have visited.

What is cool about pushpin maps is that you can also pin photos or local currency at each destination, making it a very personal decorative item.

Just as with scratch maps, there are many different foam push pin world map ideas, so I have selected a few different designs for you to pick your favorite.

#4 Best of both worlds map poster

Scratch map and push pin map
Photo courtesy of Not On The High Street

If you can’t decide between getting a scratch or a push pin map, then don’t!

This world map by Not on the High Street combines the fun of scratching off a map with the cool possibility of pinning the places you have visited and of course adding photos, and other memories to your map.

#5 Metal world map decoration ideas

Metal world map
Metal world map

This metal world map wall decoration is one of my personal favorite world map ideas.

Though, to be honest most of the maps on this list are my favorites. I guess that’s why I included them in the first place.

But what’s also cool about metal world map ideas is that you can decorate the map by adding photos with magnets to the places you have visited. (The magnets are not includes, but you can order them on Amazon too).

The metal world map is also available in gold and white.

#6 Magnetic world map wall art

Magnetic world map wall art
Magnetic world map wall art

If you really liked the idea of being able to hang photos on your map by using magnets, you will surely love this magnetic world map!

It comes with 30 multi-color magnets, though for the true adventure seekers, that’s not nearly enough to mark all the places you’ve seen.

#7 Another metal travel map idea

Metal globe map
Metal globe map

If you want unique travel map ideas this globe metal world map is the perfect option for you.

The map is available in gold, silver (white), and black.

#8 Wooden world map ideas

Wooden world map wall art
Wooden world map wall art

Honestly, I couldn’t even choose between all the gorgeous wooden world map decoration ideas. This is why you’ll find quite a few cool wooden options on this list, such this map with different colors of wood is one of my favorites.

It’s also available in various shades of brown or with LED lights behind it to make your piece of art stand out even more.

#9 Geometric metal world map with compass

Geometric world map
Geometric world map

Personally, the metal geometrical world map ideas are my favorites, and what makes this one even more special is the floral design of the map and the compass that’s incorporated into the map.

If you like geometrical travel map ideas too, you will probably also love the next map on this list!

#10 Geometrical travel map wall decor

Geometric world map
Geometric world map

This geometrical world map is another one of my favorites (which makes sense because it’s another geometrical one).

Particularly, I like the world map display idea with the pictures around it as in the photo above. Though remember that the map does not come with the picture frames and the lines connecting them to the map, so you will need to add these yourself if you like this design too.

#11 Chalk world map wall decoration

Chalk world map
Photo courtesy of Not on the High Street

Another awesome world map decoration idea is this chalk one. Perfect for people who are creative and who would like to decorate their maps with chalk, write down funny memories or draw images that remind them of their trips.

If Not on the High Street doesn’t deliver in your country, you can also check out the chalk version on Etsy.

#12 World map bucket list

World map with bucket lists
Photo courtesy of Not on the High Street

This world map is perfect for people who love bucket lists, or who have a large bucket list but never really take action to fulfill them.

This large map with space for their bucket list items will be a daily reminder to take action and live your dreams. Plus, you can order it with pushpins, so you can add photos of all the items you’ve already crossed off your list.

#13 Multi-panel wooden push-pin map

Photo courtesy of Woody Wood UA

This set of three panel wooden push pin map is the perfect option for people who can’t decide between wood and push pin. It has the beautiful aesthetics of a wooden map, but because of the pins you can easily personalize it with photos, receipts, cash, and other fun memories.

You can choose from 20 different shades of wood and 9 different sizes.

#14 National geographic’s world map

National Geographic world map
National Geographic world map

This National Geographic world map did a good job of reminding us that the world is round and not flat. An aspect that is often lost on regular maps.

#15 Colorful educational world map

Map of the world with animals
Map of the world with animals

This world map with prints of animals and trees and plants found across the world is not only a colorful and educational world map for kids, but I am sure many adults will love this design too!

#16 Animated world map

This animated and colorful world map is another awesome world map display idea for a kids or nursery room!

With cool animations, you can get your kids interested in the world from a very young age.

#17 Vintage world map poster

Vintage world map
Vintage world map

This world map poster with a vintage look is perfect for people who enjoy the old rustic-style home decoration.

#18 One-line metal world map

World map from a line
World map from a line

If this metal line map isn’t original and unique enough for this list, I don’t think you will enjoy the rest of the items on this list.

It’s a beautiful minimalistic map, which is perfect for people who love that kind of home decor style!

#19 Personalized world map for couples

Travel wedding gifts: world map
Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

If you are looking for a personalized map for couples or as a wedding gift, this push pin map is the perfect gift for you!

You can personalize the names and dates, plus it comes with 100 pins for you and your partner to mark all the places you’ve discovered together.

#20 Metal map with compass

Metal world map
Metal world map

This beautifully designed world map is another one of my favorites. Though as you probably already noticed, I have a hard time picking a favorite. I love the metal design and the mix of the map with a compass and the cool mountain range up in Canada.

World map wall art for mid-budgets

#21 Cork world travel map wall decor

Cork world map
Cork world map

Cork maps are just like push-pin maps perfect for people who would love to add photos to their maps. The cork map is simply a bit cheaper than most push-pin maps, and it has a different look.

You could also opt for this black cork map.

#22 Glow in the dark world map

Glow in the dark world map
Photo courtesy of Not on the High Street

This glow-in-the-dark map is perfect for travel lovers who still enjoy a little bit of light during the night. The map will light up their rooms when they turn off the lights and go the sleep, so they can dream about the world and all the places to travel to when they close their eyes.

#23 Regular laminated world map poster

Laminated world map
Laminated world map

This laminated world map is a pretty standard map that will do well in pretty much any type of room.

I’ll admit, it is a bit of a standard map,’s not the most unique travel map idea, but with all the diversity of this list, I felt like I had also had to include a standard one.

Do keep in mind that it doesn’t come with wooden bars to hang the map.

#24 Day and night world map wall decoration

Day and night world map
Photo courtesy of Not on the High Street

Most world map wall decor items are static. Sure, you can change the scratch, stitch, and stamp maps, but they do not change by themselves, they are not in motion.

But this day and night world map is!

Depending on the angle from which you look at the map, you will either see what it looks like during the day or the night. And as you walk through the room and look at the map, you can see it changing!

World map wall art for small budgets

#25 World map tapestry

World map tapestry
World map tapestry

If you are looking for cheaper map design ideas that are still pretty unique, this dark design is your go-to map.

It’s small but very affordable and you can order larger maps as well, just know that the price will increase with that too.

#26 Stamp world map wall decor

World map with stamps
Photo courtesy of Not on the High Street

Which travel lover doesn’t love their passport getting stamped? And now you can stamp your map each time your passports are stamped!

The map comes with a stamp and red ink.

Save these world map ideas

Did you save these world map ideas on Pinterest yet?

Final note on travel map ideas

Alright, I hope that this list of world map ideas helped you to find the perfect one to remember all your awesome adventures or to add a bit of wanderlust to your home. And if you need more help to pick on, check out the editor’s top 3.


Hi, I’m Lara, a 29-year-old travel-lover (but who’s not these days?). I love reading, puzzling, world-heritage sites, researching, and making lists, which comes in quite handy when you’re making lists of travel gift ideas!