From voyeuristic travel blogs to Google Earth, there are many ways to travel without leaving your desk. But now you can tour the globe in a whole new (and highly visual) way thanks to They Draw and Travel, a recently launched website devoted to gorgeously-illustrated international maps.
The brainchild of brother-and-sister design team Salli Swindell and Nate Padavick, the site is an online gallery for professional artists (and some casual doodlers), who send in drawings of their favorite cities, streets and neighborhoods--the siblings carefully pick through thousands of submissions to publish the best ones.
You can search by region or illustration style, but our best finds have come from just clicking around. We love, for instance, maps that show a person's relationship with a city, like Israeli painter Anat Sifri's guide to Jaffa (note the bakery recommendation and free parking tip), or graphic designer Sharisse Steber's ways to avoid country music in Nashville. Each map also includes the artist's website, so you can get in touch about purchases or commissions.
They Draw and Travel is actually Swindell and Padavick's second online venture. Their first, They Draw and Cook--a collection of illustrated recipes, from potatoes con rienda to chocolate chip cookies--is equally fascinating and addictive.