A plain wooden box from a craft store becomes significantly more sentimental, when you give it a face-lift that showcases your travels. Store photographs, notes and souvenirs from your trip in boxes decorated with corresponding maps.
Highlight a meaningful leg of any trip by stitching it onto a map and putting it on display. Adding a map to a tray can be a beautiful yet functional way to keep a memento on hand that recalls a favorite vacation. Use it for serving drinks, holding mail or organizing a coffee table.
House shells, stones, sea glass or other found objects by creating memory bowls. These simple catchalls add interest to an entry table or bookshelf. Since they are made from maps, these delicate dishes will naturally trigger conversations about your travels. A coastal map has the makings of an appealing ocean-blue bowl.