The Map Makers

The Map Makers

The Map Makers

The Mapmakers is a team of travelers searching the globe - set out to prove that the world is not always as bad as we are led to believe.

We are backpackers united under the idea that traveling can make the world a better place. Engaging the unconventional as our vehicle, we drop head first into big picture ideas and radical discoveries. Familiar comforts renounced, we search to find greater meaning in the seemingly mundane through the people we meet along our way. It is through these connections that we are often revealed stunning and profound perceptions about the world around us. This is how our maps begin to take shape…

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South America » Colombia June 7th 2010

How do you expand your consciousness? This is one of many questions that we ask the people we film on our travels across the globe. Almost two years ago, a friend of mine came to me in Seattle with a proposal: “Let’s buy a camera, go to another country, and film everything that happens to us along the way.” Six months later we were traveling through Colombia with a camera and a list of questions. Among them were, “What do you think is the greatest problem in the world right now?” and “How can average people make the world a better place?” The world is changing, fast. Soon, the problems that we collectively face will become a tangible reality for us all, if they haven’t become so already - climate change, over-population, teetering economies, take your ... read more

South America » Colombia June 7th 2010

It has been some time since we´ve seen used a guidebook and it has been some time since we have seen a fellow backpacker. Now two months traveling in Colombia and just two months remaining, my travel companion and I have much country to explore. With a little intuition and a bit of luck, we have found ourselves in some of the most beautiful and unique places the country has to offer. But surprisingly, we are often the only gringos in sight. Adam, my companion, commented that maybe we should call the documentary “Where is Everyone?” At the moment we are in a small beautiful beach town on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. Our hotel is $10 a night for the both of us, a great big plate of big fat fish costs about $2.50 and ... read more

Africa » Somalia » Somaliland » Hargeisa June 3rd 2010

9 weeks in Ethiopia = need for a vacation So, my boyfriend and I decided to head overland to Somaliland. First stop - Hargesia. I remember most of this trip in terms of comparisons to Ethiopia where we had been for the 7 weeks prior. So take this perspective within that context. Here are the logistics - First off you will need dollars for this trip. There are no ATMs in Somaliland. Therefore, if you need money while there it will be a transfer. If you must take care of this while in Ethiopia, we came to realize that the only place you change birr to dollars are the Dashen Banks. And if you are getting money out of the ATM - keep your receipt. This is a difficult process, and Ethiopia takes it seriously. We ... read more
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