Laura Bliss is a staff writer at CityLab, covering transportation, infrastructure, and the environment. She also authors MapLab, a biweekly newsletter about maps that reveal and shape urban spaces (subscribe here). Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Los Angeles, GOOD, L.A. Review of Books, and beyond.
Enabled by lotto-ticket technology.
With passport stamps approaching extinction thanks to biometric chips, consider this decidedly low-tech way to log your journeys: a scratch-off globe from the folks at Animi Causa. Assemble the flat-packed pieces to make a 3-D world map that's covered in gold foil, which you scrape off to reveal colorful land masses. It's a good-looking way to show off where you've been, and offers that odd pleasure of scratching something away. Hey, who needs passport control?
Scratch Globe, $46.99 at Animi Causa.