Putting together a map of all hotels I’ve stayed at over the years is something I’ve wanted to do for a while.
Yes, I will freely admit it. I am a total map geek. I’ll often find myself browsing Google Maps for fun. My wife even bought me a great travel map with magnetic pins for Christmas.
Even though this may seem like a lot of useless data, it was actually a super fun exercise. One of the issues was where to draw the line in terms of how far back I would try and recollect. There are trips back when I was a teen that I can hardly remember.
I settled on starting with our honeymoon trip. This was really the very first trip that I can say I did any sort of travel hacking (SEE: Our Honeymoon: An Introduction to Travel Rewards), and getting married it is a great definitive starting point.
My hotel map
I organized the map by hotel chain. A also added data for year, number of nights, and other details I might want to quickly export to a spreadsheet.
This was a great exercise, although I’m not quite done with all the extra data. I’d never made a Google Map, and this was easier than I figured it might be. While I could have imported the data (and would have *if* I already had it compiled) to create this, it was easy enough to simply search for the hotels one by one and add as appropriate.
I plan to keep it updated. Similarly, I also track my flights via OpenFlights, something that I will write about later. Their site isn’t the prettiest, but it works well.