Laura Bliss is a staff writer at CityLab, covering transportation and technology. She also authors MapLab, a biweekly newsletter about maps (subscribe here). Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Los Angeles magazine, 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.