It all started with an email (which, for some reason, I can’t find) back in 2005. The email was from my brother-in-law’s sister. She was putting together a birthday present for our mutual nephew, Ben. The idea was kind of like the Flat Stanley Project, but with our nephew instead of Stanley - and so Flat Ben was born. Having recently moved to Korea, the plan was for me to take photos of Flat Ben around the different places I visited in the year before his birthday. Little did I know that Flat Ben would become my little paper companion for the next six years.
Next month, (nephew) Ben will be starting his third year of university, so I thought it was time to finally give these photos a proper home. I sincerely hope that not only Ben, but my six other nieces & nephews, as well as my own kids will draw some inspiration from this and get out of their comfort zone to explore the world.
In case you don’t feel like exploring the map, here are a handful of highlights from Flat Ben’s travels.
 I’ll admit that a secondary motivation behind this page is the classic “look where I’ve been” traveller one-upmanship. For any other travel jerks out there, this map doesn’t encompass all the places I’ve travelled, just the ones where I remembered to bring Flat Ben 😜