I'm a pantser, big time. When it comes to mapping, I stop at the literal sense.
Mapping my story like this helps me map my story—way more than cork boards and note cards. I've tried every method in the book, but this is how it goes best for me: I'll go into free-writing, come up with a loose plot, then draw up a map to figure out the setting. From there, I'll go to Google maps and plan where I'm going. I'll also do a bunch of searches on the settings I want and stick them in my Pinterest.
So next time you get a story rolling, consider mapping it out! Hah! Okay, shut up I'm sick and tired. Going back to writing now.