They Draw & Travel


SEETIES The best way to know a city is to get lost. And to do that, you need three things: love walking, trust your instinct and a lot of curiosity. So, no map. Unless it’s drawn by an artist! They Draw & Travel is a website where you find city maps illustrated by creative minds from around the world! Be inspired and start wander the most intriguing streets of London or New York in search of the perfect coffee; discover the most delicious vegetarian cuisines of Berlin and be careful to the tourist traps of Paris. In short, choose a city and have fun to observe it through different eyes!


Title: Specialty Coffee Map of NYC | Starting Point: Kaffe 1668, 275 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007 | Artist: charrow | From: Brookyln, NY | Website: | Facebook: charrow | Twitter: @charrowface | Favorite Place: Copenhagen! | Footnote: This map lists the top specialty coffee shops in Manhattan. There are a lot of places to get coffee, but the best coffee in the city can be found at these places. An every growing map of superior coffee…who knows next week there might be 20 more!


Title: Intriguing & Curious Streets of London, UK | Starting Point: Hanging Sword Alley, London, UK | Artist: Abi Daker | From: Cyprus | Website: | Twitter: @abigaildaker | Favorite Place: London 


Title: Barcelona, una Ciutat Plena de Diversitat | Starting Point: Plaça Catalunya, Barcelona | Artist: Renata Ortega | From: Barcelona | Website: | Facebook: Rena Ortega | Favorite Place: Paris | Footnote: My beloved Barcelona. The one where I grew up as a designer, where I’ve lived the best moments in the best places. Barcelona will never stop surprising me.


Title: My Pieces of Paris | Starting Point: Gare Leon Station, Paris, France | Artist: Yvonne Chambers | From: Lawrenceville, GA | Facebook: Peggy Chambers | Favorite Place: Lacoste, France | Footnote: I’m submitting this for a class project but the experience was fun so thank you.

Title: Great Vegetarian Dishes in Berlin, Germany | Starting Point: Hamy, Hasenheide 10, Berlin, Germany | Artist: Nate Padavick | From: Bennington, VT | Website: | Facebook: Nate Padavick | Favorite Place: A comfortable bed | Footnote: Take a break from the currywurst and kebobs and try any of these places – you will love them. They are not all exclusively vegetarian restaurants, but the dishes are!


Title: Milano, Italy | Starting Point: Piazza del Duomo, Milan, Italy | Artist: Silvia Sponza | From: Milano, Italy | Website: | Twitter: @SilviaSponza


Title: Roma, Italia | Starting Point: Via del Boschetto, Rome, Italy | Artist: Simone Capano | From: Venice | Website: | Facebook: Simone Capano | Favorite Place: Wherever happiness is.


TheyDraw&TravelThey Draw & Travel was created by Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell, a brother and sister design and illustration team who have been working together for over 10 years as Studio SSS. They have created hundreds of magazine and book illustrations, thousands of greeting card designs, and, of course, many super cool illustrated maps! Salli lives in comfy Hudson, Ohio with her 4 crazy kitties, 2 teenage boys, and handsome husband, David. Nate lives in Bennington, Vermont with his boyfriend, Jim, and their 4 bicycles.

Nate and Salli have a passion for travel that definitely qualifies as “wanderlust”. They draw inspiration from new locales and come up with some of their best artistic creations while on the road exploring! You can see more of Nate’s work on his personal map-making site “IDrawMaps” and follow Salli on her personal blog “ManicExpresssive” – and see what Nate and Salli produce together as the design studio, Studio SSS.

They Draw & Travel is a sister site of They Draw & Cook, which contains the biggest and best collection of illustrated recipes anywhere. Nate and Salli were blown away by the creative energy artists worldwide pour into their recipe illustrations, and they realized that artists have similar passion for their favorite places to live and visit. They launched They Draw & Travel as a place for artists to express that passion, and for readers to discover their creations.

Each map is one-of-a-kind, highlighting off-the-beaten path sites and activities that are local favorites. You won’t find anything like this in a guidebook! Whether you’re planning your next trip, reminiscing about places you’ve been or dreaming about places you want to go one day, we hope you’ll find They Draw & Travel inspiring, useful and FUN! The artists whose work you see in this website are a varied and talented bunch. Some of them are professional illustrators and practicing artists, while others are passionate doodlers and drawers, and a few have only recently begun to draw. They Draw & Travel is a treasure trove of creativity!



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