Recently I was gifted a Lazy Monk Scratch Off World MapLazy Monk Scratch Off World Map and while I don’t always do these, I have really wanted one of these scratch off world maps for a while now. Even though I was gifted this item, all opinions are my own.
The map arrives in a long tube that is branded and looks great. If you were giving this as a gift, you would not need to wrap it at all. My map came from Amazon so arrived inside a box, which meant there was no sticker on the tube itself.
Inside the tube, the map was well packaged and taped so it didn’t unroll during shipping. The map also had a tissue on the inside so the scratch-off parts would not get worn.
In addition to the map, it came with a pen, a guitar pick scratcher, eraser, brochure and a luggage tag. Unfortunately, in my haste to pack for Greece the luggage tag was left in the tube. My parents confirmed that the luggage tag was inside the tube and somehow, I just missed getting it out. My Dad was nice enough to take a photo of it for me so you can see it.
Obviously, the map is the main part of this product. The paper it is on is thick and seems to be of high quality. It did not rip when I was scratching off the countries. The biggest problem was that I needed to let it lay flat with books on top of it before it would not roll up on me while scratching off. Which wouldn’t be a problem if I was patient!
Scratching the countries or flags off is pretty easy with the guitar scratcher. I don’t recommend doing all the scratching at once as your hand will get tired. The scratching is easy with the guitar pick but not so easy with the eraser.
Some of the countries I have been to are so small they don’t show up well on the map, so I was glad to see a place to scratch off flags as well. Although, the Turks and Caicos Islands were not on the map or the flags so that was a bit disappointing. You can also scratch off continents, which is definitely great if you are looking to travel to all the continents. I can see the map is very colorful once you scratch it off so I can’t wait to visit more places so I can see what is underneath.
If you are going to hang this, make sure you put it in a place that you can reach it to still be able to scratch it off.
I absolutely love this map and it would be a great gift for a traveler or anyone who enjoys maps.