The map in the head, the guide en route
Map and landscape are two visual strategies of a journey that can take on the formula of maps and landscapes “in the head.” A map is a contribution to the trip. The results of the travel experience are mental maps, maps in the head. They allow to create private topography, and introduce an experience instead of cartographic points. Their purpose remains the same as that of cartographic maps: orientation in space and finding the right way. The subject of a mental map is the surroundings which contain places and landscapes. In the familiar surroundings landmarks are the traces which contain histories, values, experiences and emotions. Walking means reading the traces. The maps in the head are created of traces, sites and landscapes and they outline our routine paths. Such a route means abandoning the point of observation and entering into a landscape in order to reach a place and be in a landscape. However, when we go on the route in familiar surroundings, we are guided not by the mental maps but by experiences that teach us how to find a way. Way finding (Ingold) is a way of moving around the surroundings, where the places mean stories and landscape means values and senses.