DIY: Corkboard World Map

Calling all Wanderlust lovers! This DIY project is perfect for you to keep track of all the places you’ve been to and for all the places  you plan on visiting. It’s just the right decor for any travel fiend’s room. This DIY is totally affordable, which means you’ll have some money to save for your next trip ;)

Materials:
-Cork
-Wall safe adhesive (double sided tape, stickies)
-Pins
-Scrap booking paper (optional for flags)
Tools:
-Cutting board
-X-acto knife
-Map image (Give this one a try!)
-Wire cutters (optional for flags)
-Glue gun (optional for flags)
-Sharpie (optional for flags)

1. Print your map
You may or may not want to adjust the size of your map (blockposters.com is a great website to enlarge it).

2. Tape the printed copy of your map to a piece of cork
Make sure that your cork is large enough to fit the entire map. If you don’t have a large enough piece, try gluing pieces together before matching the paper up to the cork.

3. Take your x-acto knife and start cutting out that map of yours!
If some continents are on different papers make sure it is connected on the cork board so that when you cut it, its one whole continent (when you cut, try to keep track of which little island belongs where — unfortunately, it’s easy to get those little guys mixed up or lost).

4. Place double sided tape on the back side of your finished pieces
It might be easier for you to lay out the continents in the right order before putting the double sided tape on. When you’re ready to tape the map on the wall you’ll have it in the right order (:

5. Tape your map onto your wall

6. Create your flags:
– Grab some scrap paper and cut it into small strips
– Take some pins and cut em with the wire cutter to the length you’d personally like
– Get a long strip of scrap and place the pin in the middle. Fold the strip in half and hot glue gun it together
Your pins are all ready for you to write all the places you been and place it in the right spot on the map. You can even get creative by color coding your scraps with the different places you been and places you want to go!

Get creative with this DIY and make this map your own :)

Travel Tuesdays: Hot Air Balloons Rides In The Los Angeles Area

I’m sure you guys have all looked up at the big blue sky and wondered what it’s like to drift amongst the clouds. What’s it like to get a bird’s eye view of the lush landscape and our concrete jungle below? Our team here at the Minty Jungle has agreed that a hot air balloon is a definite must on our bucket list! It’s an exploration of our earth’s surface filled with a feeling of adventure, wanderlust, and maybe even a little bit of romance. Unfortunately, this probably isn’t for the faint of heart with a fear of heights. But we would totally recommend facing those fears to get a breathtaking view of the land we live on!

We did a bit of research, and found that pricing ranges roughly around $150 for a ride per person. Here are some links for you guys to check out in the greater Los Angeles Area:

All of these websites look great, BUT we’ll let you guys in on a little secret on how to get this amazing experience without breaking the bank!

The Orange County Great Park hosts affordable rides on Thursdays through Sundays. It costs $10 per person to hitch a ride on one of their iconic Great Park Balloons! Make sure to check out their sweet deals on package pricing.

Now, if you’re going to be a cheeseball and do a marriage proposal on the ride, we suggest any of the first few options because you can’t put a price on love!

So head on over to the Minty Jungle to pick the perfect outfit for your sky high date. Then, text your loved ones to make this rad date idea come to fruition. Stay fly and get high! ;P