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Beyond the experience of a trip itself, one of the true pleasures of traveling is looking back on your journeys, remembering your favorite moments, and sharing those memories with family and friends.

We’ve found a cool new way to do just that, and now we want to share it with you. Lightravels offers world and U.S. maps with illuminated light pegs that you can use to mark the countries and cities you’ve visited in a colorful, visual way. The framed maps, which weigh about 10 pounds and measure 33 x 22 x 3 inches, come with 60 light pegs in six different colors — perfect for showing which places you’ve visited on different journeys. Watch the video below to learn more:

The maps retail for $229.99 plus shipping, but Lightravels is giving one away for free to one lucky IndependentTraveler.com reader. To win, leave a comment below telling us which map you’re most interested in and why you want to win it. (You can see the selection of world maps here.)

You must enter by 11:59 p.m. ET on December 31, 2012. A winner will be chosen at random from all entries received. Be sure to include a valid e-mail address so we can contact you in case you win. This giveaway is only open to residents of the 48 contiguous United States or the District of Columbia. Please click here for the full contest rules.

If you’d like to purchase a map, Lightravels is offering our readers an exclusive 10 percent discount through March 31, 2013. To get the discount, call the company at 1-800-935-3410 and mention that you saw this post on IndependentTraveler.com. (If you buy a map and then win the free one, Lightravels will offer a refund.)

Editor’s Note: This contest has ended. June Ahmed of Dover, NH, is our winner. Congratulations to June! Please keep an eye on our latest blog posts at Have Tips, Will Travel for more chances to win great travel gear.

— written by Sarah Schlichter

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176 Responses to “Win an Illuminated World Map!”

  1. Christina S. says:

    What a cool concept! I’d love to win the World Executive Explorer Map – I love the old school look with the new school technology!

  2. Beth says:

    I am most interested in the Lightravels® Modern World Map (RMWM). Why? Because, first and foremost I love maps. I read them for entertainment. I read them to learn about the locations of cities and geographical regions. I read them to determine directions. I read them online, as fold out paper maps, in atlases and in books. Maps help keep me grounded to where I am and how I relate to the rest of the world.

    I have tried using push pins to track my travels, but the paper has usually torn, and the pins have come out. Plus, they simply were not attractive.

    The Lightravels Modern World Map would be a joy to have for me to remind me in the brightness of color where I’ve been. Each peg would represent a memory of some exotic place, some place where I had a simple meal, some person I encountered or some great little B&B where I slept. Yes, it ould be nice for friends and family to see where I’ve been, but the map would really be for me to remind me of the joys of past travels and to show the blank spaces without a light where I can plan my next adventure.

  3. Janice says:

    Loving the Classic World Map. It has a great vintage feel and would be awesome to teach my kiddos about the world!

  4. Grace Correia says:

    I love these! I just started re-doing my spare room/office in a travel theme and have been thinking about putting up a map to mark my travels. One of these would be way better than anything I could ever put together. I especially like the World Executive Explorer Map as it goes with the rest of the decor in the room.

  5. Kristy says:

    I would love to win the Lightravels® World Executive Explorer Map (NGEWM). This classy map would be a wonderful way to visually display all of the phenomenal places I’ve been…not to mention would help me dream about the places I’ve yet to see.

  6. Bonnie Moore says:

    I would like to win the Classic World Map. It reminds me of the maps we used when I was in elementary school 40+ years ago. I love locating places my husband and I have traveled to on the map to see how far we have traveled. I think this map would be awesome, since the one we have on the wall drops the pins from our travels!

  7. Dan Wingo says:

    A world map like that would be so fun for vets to pin places they’ve been to and to tell stories (even true ones!)about their time there. It would be great and maybe even cathartic to reminisce about all those friends and adventures “back in the day.”

  8. Kelly says:

    I absolutely love the World Executive Explorer map! (I love them ALL, but that one would look beautiful with the antiques in our home!) How ingenious that SOMEONE FINALLY brought a great toy from my childhood and made it functional (and socially acceptable) for adults to use! Love it! I’m hoping to win one, thus making it possible to buy another. I’d love to have one for “where we’ve been” and another for “Dreaming of going to…” A great anniversary present for us! On a side note, my husband and I have just been talking about this and we think that this would be a great way to plot our families histories, as well! We want to plot the significant places our families have lived over hundreds of years! We have the trees, we just need the map!! Excellent!

  9. laurent says:

    Classic World Map so I can see all the places I have been to, and all the places I still need to go to.

  10. Linda Pelton says:

    This map is amazing for my home or school. My grand daughters and I enjoy traveling and we could light up the map when we get home. At school, I could make the world light up for my students.

  11. Jessie Castle says:

    I am a teacher and a traveler. Most of my students have never left the state let alone the country and have no real concept of geography. So when I travel to a new place I add a pushpin to the map on my wall. It has inspired a few of the other students have added pushpins of their own. The map has made them see the world as a real place and not just a piece of paper on the wall.

  12. Donna Hall says:

    I teach special education at an elementary school in Northern California. Many of my students are from different countries but have no memories of their birth countries and no understanding of where they exist within the larger world. Each year we do an extensive travel report on a place they would like to visit – most often they chose a place they have heard about from their family but sometimes they come up with something else – one of my 5th graders surprised me this year by announcing that his travel dream is to go to Patagonia to see the Gigantosaurus discovery site. He had no idea where Patagonia was and we spent some time looking at our globe and determining how he might get from here to there – I do believed he learned more about the world in that discussion than in any geography lesson we’ve had so far : ) I’d love to have the World Explorer Map to bring the world alive for my students!

  13. Teresa Scarborough says:

    The classic world map is what i like. It will be nice to have for my grandkids to learn on

  14. Lisa says:

    I love the classic world map – it looks like a great learning tool, PLUS a lovely piece of artwork! Love it! Thank you!

  15. Barbi Henry says:

    The modern world map is just the thing to show my young nieces where I go when I get on the cruise ships a few times a year. My next trip will take me to St. Petersburg, Copenhagen and other places that the girls have never even heard of. The map would make a great geography lesson every time the girls come to visit.

  16. Bill Sleater says:

    The Modern World Map is the one I like. My current globes are missing many countries which now exist.

  17. ken eberly says:

    This is great. I’ve been doing this with a standard map using colored pins but this is soooo much better. The classic world map would be a great gift!

  18. Nancy Cooper says:

    OH PLEASE, I would love the world explorer map. My passion is traveling and the old world look of this map with the info on current boundaries is absolutely perfect.

  19. E K Chamberlain says:

    The MODERN WORLD MAP is awesome. I’m not terribly “modern”, but I’m practical. Thanks for the opportunity! :-)

  20. Cherie brown says:

    I would love to have this wall map displayed in our home. My family and I are huge on traveling and it would be a great way to quickly remember the exact names of cities and countries that we have visited.

  21. Rick Dentino says:

    My wife is a voyeuristic traveler who hasn’t had the opportunity to actually visit places physically. She often spends time “moving about” on a desk top globe and I believe your Classic World Map would tickle her geographical bent in the best possible way. (short of actually going to those exotic places)
    I personally hold a love affair with mapping, having spent my earlier years learning about our world. Map-traveling is among the little pleasures many miss out on.

  22. Bruce Robinson says:

    executive world is the closest to a somewhat authentic antique map; and so, world explorer may be as well, I’m not going back to check. I like the consequent interplay of modern voyager and ancient geographies; we’ve visited 18th century London, it’s just several feet below us.

  23. wayne yates says:

    the modern world map would be extremely useful helping the grandkids about all the wonderful places in the world they might visit one day.

  24. June says:

    We’d love the classic world map to hang in our family room. My son and I are travel junkies and would love to pin the places we’ve been and the places that we’d love to go to.

  25. Meg B says:

    The US map interests me the most. I have traveled to all 50 states and I love marking everywhere I have been, however, like everyone else, the old school maps sooner or later are hard to mark. I love to travel and exployer especially in the United States. Don’t get me wrong, other countries are great too but no one really notices what the US has to offer. Every where I go, I see more people from other parts of the world. This country is beautiful, from our great National Parks to some of our great cities. I always say, this counrty has so much to offer, you just have to get out there and start looking. It is not that hard. My pins are busting out of my map, this map would be so great, I would be able to light up the States and show how beatiful we really are.

  26. Michele L. Weber says:

    The map I’d like to win is the World Executive Explorer Map and the reason is 2 fold. I just turned 60 and am starting to travel away from home. I’d love to be able to plan my trips on the map and to be able to record where I’ve been. My second reason is I work with many people from all over the globe and I carry a world atlas (paper back) so that they can show me where they are from and what their country of origin is like. I’d like to be able to look up their countries/cities on an large map to better see where they are in relation to the rest of the world. I also like to look up where the current news stories are about.

  27. hoover mock says:

    A beautiful way to experience today’s world. Travelling have always beeen my way of bring people together ans here is a way you can teach others we are really
    ONE! If I win I wuld like to donate this to a school so that are future leaders can see how they can learn and understand the many cultures throughout our lands.

  28. Ramona Owen says:

    We have pin pals all over the world we like to show our kids where we are sending our letters. We discuss the differences between their home & ours. Like food, holidays, cultural etc. our kids csn say they have friends all over the world and to be able to point out different countries on a map and actually know things about those countries is an awesome talent that is not taught in our schools. We always discuss what’s similar and what’s different with everyplace we visit. Whether its to grandmas is another state or Florida for vacation or the stops along the way. We are also in the oricess of researching our genealogy, so to be able to show where our ancestors came from would be incredible. . This would be a great learning tool for my family. Thank you for the opportunity.

  29. Dianne Harris says:

    My life long dream has been to travel. With retirement, came many obstacles to fulfilling my dream (moving, surgery and divorce). After just one trip to Rome, I am reading and studying about ancient civilizations’ cultures, history, monuments and archaeology, and am anxious to see more. The National Geographic Channel has been my joy with recent stories about Stonehenge and the Chinese Terra Cotta Warriors. Oh the places yet to see!
    The Modern World Map will help me plan my trip of a lifetime to see what I have only dreamed and read about.

  30. Linda says:

    What a great idea! I like all the maps but if I have to pick one…the world executive explorer map. I have always thought about having a map to keep track of my travels. This would be perfect

  31. Annette Jones says:

    Oh my word, I love all these maps, but Lightravels® Modern World Map (RMWM) will best suit my home. Since I was in primary school late 1960s early 1970s, I have been facinated by maps. Loved colouring them in, loved Geography, dreamed of all the places I would one day visit.

    Now aged 51, I have travelled quite a lot, but I still have an atlas in the living room looking up places seen on TV and when visitors mention a place, I have to find it. My husband mentioned to a friend the other day that I would fill our home with maps if I could. It would be fab to win this one. Thank you.

  32. Gina says:

    My dream is to travel around the world, so Lightravels Modern World map would be a useful tool to have around. I would set up my itineraries and indicate them on my map, and most of all enjoy my travels and my map!

  33. traveld says:

    Definitely the World Explorer Map! What a great way to plot out our annual travels.

  34. Jessica says:

    I would want to win the World Executive Explorer Map. It is very classic looking and a great way to show off your travels!

  35. angie moegan says:

    Love the world executive explorer map. Very old school! Would really like to win because my husband and I are hooked on cruising and have been to a lot of places in the carribean already. This would be a great display/reminder of our travels and upcoming trips as well as a fun and fantastic conversation piece! Love it!

  36. J.D. DeCohen says:

    I would love to win the Modern U.S. map. I’m a runner and one of my goals is to complete a race in each of the States before I’m too old to run. I document each race with photos, so each state will have it’s own photographic journal. It’s a great way to see this beautiful country of ours and stay healthy. I love geography and maps and would also like to instill that love into my grandchildren, starting with our country, then branching out into other countries, so I’ll need the Modern World map eventually, too, hahaha.

  37. At our church we have missions all over the world. It would be a valuable tool to show the children and adults all the locations and the stories behind each location. Thank you!

  38. Sue Barrett says:

    I like all maps, period. Since I have to choose one, I would love to win the Modern World Map…a modern style and a handy reference piece.

  39. chip592 says:

    I think this new lighting concept is grand. I would be honored to hang it in my family room.

  40. Joy says:

    As a parent, I want very much to expose my daughter to as many travel experiences as possible. Having such a beautiful map to identify the different desired destinations and then chart the places that we actually visit will be such a great teaching tool, not to mention the beauty of the map.

  41. Lisa says:

    Your maps are perfect for anyone who enjoys travel and wants to remember where they have been. I am an avid traveler and try to explore somewhere each year. My philosophy is that I will stay home when I am dead. Travel is not optional for me, it is mandatory. I’d really enjoy the World Executive Explorer Map.

  42. Sumi says:

    My favorite map is the Lightravels® World Executive Explorer Map (NGEWM. My daughter travels for work, and I have often thought how nice it would be to map her travels. I love how this map lights up the places she’s been and makes each one special. What a great idea!

  43. Candy Lindsey says:

    The World ExplorerMap would be wonderful for recalling memories of amazing places already enjoyed. I could also mark and dream about additional World Heritage sites on my wish list.
    Such a beautiful display that would also serve as a great conversation starter!

  44. Patricia Smith says:

    Thanks never knew such thing existed. I like the World Executive Explorer map, it would be nice to see (what few) places Ive been and to plot pins for a bucket list

  45. Tracey Schroeder says:

    I would love to win the Modern World Map (RMWM). My children are moved away from home, and my husband and I have become World travelers! We have visited many countries in the last several years, and I WOULD LOVE this map, to highlight the areas we have been. It would also help me to choose the places that I want to go!

  46. mike sinell says:

    I am most interested in the Lightravels® Modern World Map (RMWM). I would love to hang that on my wall – love maps – this one is COOL! Great idea!!

  47. Max Scott says:

    As a youngster I remember traveling about north Texas. Our vacations spots were financially augmented by staying with relatives. One uncle, my Uncle Carl (US Navy) was my favorite!
    He had framed pictures of his worldly trips sitting everywhere in his family home! There were scenes from every major port and lots of inland stops, every continent was included and some more than once! Knick knacks and small glass figurines adorned my aunt’s end tables and living room shelves. The stories he would tell were spell binding, trading ship’s flags with Russian sailors or getting chased by Chinese policemen while on shore leave made me laugh until the tears rolled down my face. The Lightravel map would not replace his stories but would make them come alive as I now travel to those locations of long ago.

  48. Margaret Steinmetz says:

    I would love to have a world map to put in our vacation home in Santa Barbara, CA. When we are not using it ourselves, we rent it out through Homeaway to help cover some of the costs but also because it is a beautiful place which we like to share with guests. Part of the fun as traveler ourselves, is to keep track of where our guests are from. In five years so far we have had guests from 17 states and five foreign countries. Would love to hang it in our home for our enjoyment and perhaps guests’ pleasure. It would also be good advertisement for your product!

  49. Irina says:

    I would love to win Lightravels® World Executive Explorer Map.We as family always play the game to find cities on the map and this map would really help us.

  50. Kim Hammer says:

    we spread light as we go,
    bringing the best parts of ourselves
    to both give and receive
    on our world journey

    A minimalist pack make for maximalist fun:
    You make space for memories and other valuables
    gathered along the way.

    I hope to win the Illuminated Map, because travel does just that for me:
    illuminates my heart’s path
    so I may better open to the the road ahead.

    I hope to win the Illuminated Map,
    so that I can remember to be as a traveler,
    during the long days between trips to Asia.

    I hope to win the Illuminated Map,
    so I may fill my bucket list to overflowing!

  51. Joan Wellen says:

    I would love to win the Modern World Map (RMWM) to add to my grandchildren’s computer and study room. They are 6, 10, 11 and 13 and just starting to travel. They work hard on researching areas they are going to and locating where they are and information about them. What a wonderful way to help them with that process and to mark where they have been :)

  52. Cheryl Jeanfreau says:

    I would reallly enjoy having the Modern World Map (RMWM)… My husband and I are trying to go to all the places on our bucket list… this would really help.!!

  53. I would love a modern world map (RMWM) for my studio to show where my photographs were taken.

  54. Sally Baur says:

    Love these…I would pick the World Executive Traveler Map because I like the classic colors

  55. Stan Sizeler says:

    We would like to win the Modern World Map (RMWM)for my disabled wife and me to enjoy reliving our prior travels and hopeful planning for trips that she would be able to take, now largely limited to cruises and tours with minimal walking. The illuminated world with markers would be hopeful inspiration for the future.

  56. Bruce says:

    The classic map is just that–classic.

    It shows countries and continents the world perfectly, yet still has that Age of Exploration look and feel.

    It would be a privilege to have it on my wall as a fun way to document previous trips and to plan my next ones!

  57. Elizabeth Williamson says:

    I feel the most free when traveling. The Classic World Map would be a wonderful way to keep track of my travels in addition to my journal, and eventually it would be an excellent family heirloom.

  58. LMC says:

    I LOVE all the LightTravels offerings, and would choose the Lightravels® Classic World Map (RMCWM)
    I would place this most prominently in my office here at the travel agency! LMC

  59. Anne says:

    My current map keeps falling off the wall! All the pins fall out and it’s a mess. I would be delighted with a new map from Lightravels!

  60. Karen says:

    I would love to own the Classic World Map where I could stick pins in of our travels. Thanks.

  61. Nadia says:

    I would love the World Explorer Map! Thank you.

  62. Vicki says:

    The Classic World Map would be a wonderful map to display at my Travel Agency. I could show my clients exactly where they’ll be traveling, and I could highlight the destinations that I’ve been. This map is a beautiful work of art!

  63. Debra says:

    I would love to have the CLASSIC WORLD MAP. I would display it in my cubicle at work. It makes for good conversation with coworkers and patients. World travelers are the best people, they are open-minded and friendly.

  64. Stefano says:

    We are Stefano and Cristina: we love travelling and making new friends all over the World! We would love to have a World Executive Explorer Map (NGEWM) so we could light for all our friends and our travels! Our honeymoon was an unforgettable journey around the world, so what a big joy would be to have this Map in our home!

    Thank you for all

  65. Carol Manson says:

    I would love to win your World Map. They are all lovely but I think I prefer the(NGWM) version. My husband and I have been lucky enough to have traveled to many different countries. Our friends call us the World Travelers so it would be fun to really show them where all we have been and fun for us to to really see the scoop of our travels. Thanks Carol

  66. Karen says:

    I always wanted to find a way to showcase the places I’ve visited. The World Executive Explorer Map appears to be my answer.

  67. Jim Conway says:

    I’m old. It’s getting tough to remember where I have been and where I (we) are going. This map would make life so much more memorable and forwardable. I think a World Map would do both. Muchas Gracias et. al. Jim

  68. Pauline Wilson says:

    Being able to see where I have traveled all together on a map would be great! I sometimes forget all the places I have been to. I would love the NGEWM.


  69. Pauline Quinton says:

    I would just love to win your Illuminated World Map. Our daughter & son-in law have travelled all over the world and they have a huge world map in their hallway. They have pinpointed all the places they have been and our grandchildren just love looking at all the places. When they come to visit our house they always ask why we don’t have a world map so they could show us all the places Mommy and Daddy have been (and they have been to many places too). It would be so delightful for us to have a map that they could light up all the places and show us too! Thanks so much for the opportunity to enter this contest – hope I am lucky!!

  70. I’d love to win the Modern World map for my kids. I have an old globe and they’re fascinated by it. Their ages are 4,6, 8 and 15. I think they’d all enjoy it in the library area of our apartment. Thanks!

  71. Tracy Libe says:

    These are so cool! I would love to win the World Executive Traveler Map. I am a travel writer and agent so this would be perfect in my office. I would mark every destination my clients have been to and also where I have traveled. Fingers crossed that I will be your lucky winner. Happy holidays everyone!

  72. Bill McClintock says:

    My interests are focused on the greatest country on earth, the United States of America. I have always thought that a gift for our grandchildren and their grandchildren is a map showing what my wife and I have experienced on my travels to all 50 states across the U.S.A.

    I believe I can accomplish this quite nicely on a National Geographic World Map.

  73. Anne McClintock says:

    My hobby is travel. To visually experience the extent of my travels, an Executive World Map would serve this purpose.

  74. Barbara Jacob says:

    I would love to add your World Executive Explorer Map [NGEWM] to our Travel Wall as we continue to fulfill our Bucket List and see all the National Parks plus some of Europe. Thanks!

  75. Carolyn says:

    I would love to receive the Modern World map for my children to display in their room and mark the places we have visited.

  76. manuel montoya says:

    Would love the modern world map. Have friends in Europe and Asia and this would inspire me to visit them!

  77. Sherwin Bajao says:

    I want the World Executive Explorer Map because that’s what I want to be an executive world explorer.

  78. Tina S. says:

    My husband & I would love to have the Modern World Map to show all the places we’ve traveled to in our thus far 10-year marriage and mark all the places on our bucket list.

  79. Annette says:

    My 12 year old son has tried to draw his own world map to show where he has been, where family lives and where he would love to go. This would be an awesome way for him the realize his desires for travel. Love this idea. Very well executed with the lights!

  80. nate egerton says:

    would love it

  81. Thamires Vieira says:

    It would be the perfect way to track my round the world trip of next year!
    Hope I win :)

  82. diane tucker says:

    I would like to win the NGWM map (World Explorer Map). Our grandsons and their parents are now in Stuttgart Germany; dad is a naval officer and has already been stationed in Naples Italy and he hopes to go to Spain next. Our granddaughter lives in the Seattle Washington area; she travels to the east coast of the US quite regularly for family time with dad and her grandparents(us). If we had a world map, we could track our grandchildren, our travels, and show our granddaughter when she visits exactly where her cousins are calling home at that moment. She loves maps even though she’s not yet 5; she can find the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean on our map book in our auto. Our grandsons are already world travelers at ages 13, 11 and 7; in addition to Naples and Stuttgart, they have been in Dubrovnik, London, Sioily, Rome, and many other European cities. They and their parents are exploring Germany presently; we hope to see them in June 2013 since flying out for an 18 day visit.

  83. Geri Krzywanos says:

    I would LOVE the Lightravels® World Executive Explorer Map (NGEWM). Our passion is travel, and would love to have a wall dedicated to it in our living room, with our photos around this gorgeous map. I love to be reminded of our travels, both past and future. Thank you!

  84. Chuck Parrish says:

    We have been cruising a lot. Next trip…34 days South America. The RMWM world map would be a cool way to track those visits. Thanks!

  85. My son teaches geography and I find it hard keeping up with him and would love to have this as a reference so I can keep up with him.

  86. carol says:

    I would love to win your beautiful world map to show my grandchildren all the countries that their grandfather and I have traveled to, and hope to travel to. Our grandchildren always ask how far away we were, but they can`t seem to get the concept of world distance. Your map would be a learning tool, as well as a beautiful addition to our home. Thank you.

  87. T. Ansnes says:

    Very cool maps. Love to win the world map.

  88. I own a travel agency and get lots of walk ins. I pride myself in educating my clients on our amazing world and getting them to travel to really cool places. I have a crummy laminated map that I show clients where destinations are and sometimes spend hours of each day pouring over this map. I would love to proudly display the Classic World Map (RMCWM).

  89. Kathy says:

    I would love to win one of the NGEWM maps. I travel as much as I am able and enjoy taking my family when they can go. My granchildren are inportant to me and teaching them about other people and places is something I enjoy doing with them. With pics from our travels together hung next to the map it will help the world come alive. What a wonderful addition this map would be to the library area of our home!

  90. I would love to have the Lightravels® World Explorer Map to track all the wildlife travels I have planned for the next two years.

  91. Jerry says:

    I travel offen and would love tobe able to show my grandchildren where I’ve been

  92. Sue says:

    I’d love to win the modern world map to track my adventures around the world!

  93. Robert says:

    In addition to a fun way to track family travels….I really look forward to tracking our familily heritage using The Classic World Map. My family is having a great time tracking our ancestory back to Ireland and Italy. I think it would be really cool to track all the cities our ancestors lived. As others mentioned it would be an excellent family heirloom.

  94. Maureen says:

    We would love the Classic World Map! I have just retired and my husband and I are on a quest to “see the world”… this would not only document our travels, but would help to educate our grandchildren as to where in the world we actually go! We own a tour business locally and would proudly display this beautiful map so all our customers could see it too! It’s like having a “light brite” for adults!

  95. Steve Costner says:

    I would love to win the Modern World Map. My wife and I cruise frequently and take many other trips and we love to speak to others about our destinations. Also, I teach the coin collecting merit badge to Boy Scouts and could use the map in my presentations. We follow world events and the map would make understanding their relationship to other countries more meaningful. Your maps are amazing – thanks for presenting them to us!

  96. Hello and GREETINGS from Dakar, Senegal!

    I would LOVE to win the map for my son. He’s 17, American, and goes to school in Dakar, Senegal, West Africa. He lives in a boarding house there and goes to regular Senegalese schools so he speaks French, Wolof and English. He has met literally hundreds of travelers from all over the world thru the B&B and traveling business.

    It would be REALLY NEAT if he could track all the people he has met on this map and it will be a GREAT KEEPSAKE to take back with him to the US when he goes for college next year!

    My permanent address is in Pensacola, Florida.

    Thank you for the opportunity!


    Sineta George

  97. I forgot to mention, I would like the Lightravels® World Explorer Map Model RMWM! Thanks again!


  98. Donald Schoengold says:

    I have grandkids and they can learn where I have been.

  99. Brenda H. says:

    Would love to have the Classic World Map to finally get an accurate count of the countries that I have visited and those that I still hope to see. Friends, coworkers and houseguests passing through would all contribute to the adventure.

  100. Shams Shaik says:

    I will use this map in my class room to show to the students

  101. Mimi Browning says:

    I would love to have the modern world map. I have been very fortunate to be able to travel many, many places in the world. However now, for several reasons, my travel will be less so I plan to relive my trips by reading my scrapbooks and it would be fun to mark on the map where I’ve traveled. I think the Modern World Map would allow me to do this.

  102. Karen says:

    Finally a map to chart my travels without fear of the inevitable map falling apart at the creases. You must be mind readers! A travel consultant’s dream marketing tool that I know will lead to increased credibility, sales and revenue when clients see where I’ve been. Please choose me! The modern world map would be my first choice. Thank you and Merry Christmas.

  103. Colin Johnson says:

    My choice is the Classic World Map. My wife and I have taken 2o cruises and 3 trips to Europe and would LOVE this map to mark all the wonderful places we have been blessed to visit.

  104. Brett McDavid says:

    I’d love to have the World Executive Explorer Map. I really like the muted colors and old-world map feel. It looks more like a work of art to put on the wall of a den to mark life’s travels.

  105. mary says:

    Wow! I’ve been looking for a map to log our travels but hadn’t seen one like these! The light feature is very appealing. I like them all but the “classic” appeals to be because of the more accurate relative sizing of the continents and because of the color scheme. Nice product!

  106. Mark says:

    I think it is great that if I win they will refund my purchase. I took advantage of the 10% off and got one. Hope I win and thus get refunded. I got mine today and it look FANTASTIC.

  107. Hannah says:

    I have been addicted to traveling as long as I remember. My first really big trip was to Egypt when I was about 14 and it seems like all I think about once I get “home” is where to go next. But of course, life goes on, and I’ve been in school up until this year – just graduated with my BA! And I’ve finally had the time to start a travel website like I’ve always wanted to, and I’ve been lucky enough to travel quite a bit since graduating. I’m trying to share the awesomeness of travel and all that it can teach you with others. I feel like it opens you up to new experiences, breaks down barriers, and quells prejudices and preconceived notions about unfamiliar people, places, and cultures. I have been looking at maps like this for a long time and would love to be able to come home and record each new place to a map like these! I really like the World Executive Explorer Map because of the sort of vintage/classic feel it has.

  108. ccw says:

    Great product, I’d love to win the Modern World Map for my 4yo son’s room. He’s already travelled to 8 states and 6 countries. This map would help him realize that we can’t just go to Madagascar for the weekend!

  109. phxbne says:

    Modern Style World Map to track our family adventures

  110. Mary says:

    What beautiful maps, if I would win one I would choose the Classic World Map (RMCWM). I love maps, our den walls have several maps and I have a collection of maps handy for quick reference. When we meet new folks or are traveling someplace new, out comes a map so we can check the locations. Maps show us all the places we hope to see one day.

  111. Eric bloch says:

    World Explorer Map (NGWM) is my choice so that I can show my grandchildren and great-grandchildren the wonderful places I have been privileged to visit during my lifetime.

  112. Diane Stump says:

    I would like the world explorer map – it is classic and modern looking colors. I need a map to chart my travels. We have traveled alot, but still have 3 continents that we have not set foot on.

  113. Suzanne says:

    World Executive Explorer Map I think is the one I would chose. I love the colors. We have traveled all over the US and are just starting the rest of the world. I made a fabric map of the US and put all the pins on it from where we have been, it’s very heavy, this map would be alot more practical and nicer.

  114. RoamingRetirees says:

    Our 4-year-old granddaughter just drew us a map so we will always know where she lives–no matter where we travel. With the World Explorer Map we can show her where we have been and also mark where she lives so she know we will always come back home to her.

  115. IRVING RIKON says:

    I remember the old gospel song, “He’s got the whole world in His hands.” Giving such a map as this to my beloved traveling companion is to have the whole world in our hearts. We have been blessed in being able to travel, but my beloved can no longer see as well as she once did. A lighted map would be just the thing for her to help enjoy the memories!

  116. Shannon says:

    I love the classic map! What a great mix of art and a way to display travel adventures. Such a great idea!

  117. Peter Hamling says:

    This is VERY disappointing that those of us living outside of North America are banned from entering this draw. Why are we second class citizens of the world?

    • Hi Peter,

      Thanks for commenting. We certainly don’t consider our international readers second-class citizens! Our last giveaway (of a $250 Best Western Travel Card) was open to several countries outside of the U.S., including Australia and New Zealand. However, because the illuminated maps are quite expensive to ship internationally (and even to Alaska and Hawaii), we regretfully had to limit entry to residents of the 48 contiguous United States. We apologize for the inconvenience.

      Happy travels,

      Sarah Schlichter

  118. Therese says:

    The Modern World Map would be ideal to keep track of the new political geoscape right along with all my travels! Thanks for a great product and the opportunity to win one!

  119. Pauline Quinton says:

    We travel some, but our daughter and family travel all the time. Whenever we want to see on a map where they are, or have been, we have to revert to an old Atlas or revolving globe – having a wall World Map (especially an illuminated one) which we could look at would be absolutely wonderful!

  120. Gordy says:

    Without any doubt the World Explorer Map is my choice. Each county is a different color so my grandchildren can see the different countries and city I have visited.

  121. Chris says:

    What a fantastic idea – a lighted map! My husband and I have taken 53 trips over the past 4 1/2 years. We would love this map to document our travels and share with friends and family. This map would serve us well now as we travel and later to share when memories of the places we have been will be what we share with others. I am a retired teacher and love the idea of a map which provides an added dimension with the lighting! We would be delighted with any of the maps, but if given a choice, the Modern World Map would be great! I could also use this map with the children at the library where I volunteer.
    Thanks for offering the chance to win one of these!

  122. Dona Stewart says:

    Lightravels® Classic World Map (RMCWM) is my choice to replace the Rand McNally world map that we have mounted on foam board with plastic flags marking our travels. This innovative world map would be an upgrade!

  123. Motherdude says:

    What a wonderful idea. I love it!

  124. Susan Abu-Ghazi says:

    To get really beyond the experience of our beautiful world itself,with illuminated lightly world Map, i can light locations, routes and regions of interest that matter to me.

    Always remember its a beautiful world and going to be more beautiful with your electronic map i wish to win..

  125. diane tucker says:

    The Modern World Map (RMWM) looks good to me! Our granddaughter loves maps; this would be a great teaching tool!

  126. Sevan says:

    My sister and I have a life-long contest to see which of us can visit more new countries each year, between work and vacations. It would be fun to plot our adventures on this map!

  127. Civianne Bloch says:

    I like the looks of the World Explorer Map which would fit in my home very well and allow me to show at a glance the places I have visited.

  128. Jim Greenfield says:

    A modern world map to track my many overseas travels.

  129. Martie says:

    I would love the Modern World Map so my friends and family can SEE at a glance where I have been instead of them having to ask!

  130. December 19, 2012

    From: Ralph Koerber, Global Traveler

    RE: Lightravels World Executive Explorer Map (NGEWM)

    Thank you for the opportunity to share with you the meaning of the possibility of my being awarded the Lightravels Illuminated Wall Map through Independent Traveler and what I would do while sharing the Map with others because the Map is not for me to hold to myself as the Map is to be shared to have value.

    My receipt of the World Executive Explorer Map would enable me to more clearly share my knowledge and experiences gained by my having traveled the World since 1964 furthering my personal goal of sharing knowledge and pleasure while touching hearts silently and changing the world and not knowing the results as an outcome of my absorbing and sharing in and appreciating the Cultures and Peoples of Distant Lands as an Ambassador of Personal Good Will through which I have more fully become a Global Citizen. After each interaction, my heart was heavy with the love and true meaning of togetherness conveyed to me by the persons with whom I shared my time and experiences as it outweighed what I knew I gave to those persons.

    I recently returned from Global travels since September 14, 2012 when I left on my thirty-fifth exploration to Europe during which I shared myself with new Friends – Strangers met who became Friends – on the trip, which included two two-week back-to-back NCL Cruises returning the NCL Sun to Miami for the Winter Season on Cruise 19 and Trans-Atlantic 14; my stay in Fort Lauderdale; my returning home for days before a two-week trip to Oaxaca, Mexico to celebrate in Reunion with twenty-nine Voyagers with whom I traveled 32,000 miles on an Education Floating Classroom Ship sponsored by The University of Virginia with 450 College Study Abroad Students for 111 Days of visiting 14 countries and more ports with seven days in each port until we returned to Fort Lauderdale a year ago on December 13, 2011; returning home for days before leaving to visit the Ohio State Park Lodges in November 2012; returning home for days before visiting a Fall-2011 Voyage friend in Florida for two weeks. Each trip, whether US local or International, provides me with the opportunities to share myself in meaningful and positive ways with old and new friends.

    My personal goals include my continuing to travel and to both write and present in Travel Seminars with the Lightravels Map about the personal and social benefits of Global Travel intended to expand the horizons of home-bound persons by their vicariously traveling with me.

  131. Elizabeth Glick says:

    I’d like the Modern World Map as a delightful gift to friends who have traveled the world. It’s difficult to find something unique for these folks but the illuminated map would be a classic gift.

  132. Tim Owens says:

    As someone who has collected maps since I was a child, I would love to hang the Modern World Map on the wall. Although my wife and I have only traveled outside the USA a few times, we could use this map to keep track of the whereabouts of our 11 children, such as our son who has traveled on mission trips to Argentina, Brazil, Kenya and Vietnam (and is planning his next world mission outreach).

  133. Susan Bailey says:

    The National Geographic World map would be a terrific way to show friends and family my travels. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to well over 100 countries, many of them with National Geographic both on land and on their ship, The Explorer. Will be fun to show this map to friends I have traveled with on such great trips.

  134. Elinor Hood says:

    I have been to almost 100 countries and all seven continents, and my four year old grandson is fascinated by my trips. I would love to give this to him to show him where I am going and have been. Next month I am going to Tokyo, Cambodia, Laos, andMyanmar [or is Burma more p.c.?], and he could easily follow my path.

  135. Donna says:

    I love the look of Lightravels Maps. My favorite is your “Modern World Map (RMWM)” because it has a great shade of blue at the background, plus the amazing bright colors. It is beautiful to view. I can study maps for hours and plan, or dream, about places to visit. Your have a wonderful product!

  136. Jan Brandvold says:

    Beautiful! It would be wonderful to be able to show my grandchildren all the the places we have been with this lighted map! We have traveled all over – Europe, Asia, USA, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean and more, and love to share our adventures with the DGKs. This will go perfectly with our vast photo collection.

  137. Madeleine McCarthy says:

    Wow! What a wonderful idea! Being born in Saigon-Vietnam, raised in Nice-France, married in Washington D.C.-USA, I love travelling. My husband and I usually take about 4 cruises each year, trying to visit new countries each year. I have never been very good in Geography and this map would really help me remember and locate all the places I have been to. All four maps are just gorgeous but I think I might prefer the Classic World Map because of its brighter colors and the continents seem a little bigger. I can imagine looking at this map with all the places I have visited illuminated all at once, would really bring back so many sweet memories worth remembering, especially when memory is starting to fade away …
    Congratulations to the person who have thought about this invention and thank you for making this product available to the public.

  138. Diane Pirlot says:

    I’d like to win the world map for my sister-in-law, who can no longer travel for health reasons, but with whom we’ve shared many memorable trips throughout the world over the years.

  139. Diana says:

    While I traveled quite a bit in the US, I had to wait until I was 51 before my first trip to Europe. Now I’ve also been fortunate enough to add South America and Asia to place sI’ve visited. I have a small flag from each country I’ve visited and would love to add this classic world map!

  140. Susan says:

    I’m currently using the ‘Doctors Without Borders’ map on my work wall cubicle, with pins that always fall out. I am the traveler of the company, and I so deserve a better display! I would love the Modern World Map – I love the colors!

  141. I’d love to go to all the TOWERS of the world. (Tokyo tower for instance). Been to Tokyo Tower, Toronto Tower, Seattle Space Needle, Seoul Tower, San Antonio Tower. Next stop: Eiffel Tower!

  142. Mike Kuhl says:

    The Classic World Map sounds fantastic.
    Merry Christmas!!!

  143. Frances Perry says:

    I would love to win the Modern World Map. I’ve been to so many wonderful places and have many more on my bucket list. As I am an ever aging senior citizen this map would allow me to plot future travels and enjoy the memories of past travels.

  144. Bev says:

    I have learned from and thoroughly enjoyed travel around the world. There are many more places filling my bucket list. I want the world map as a learning and memoir tool to visually document the places and cultures I’ve experienced. I hope the map is dimensionally accurate in demonstrating the vast differences in continents and countries.

  145. carol says:

    I love the classic world map. I have been showing my grandchildren where my husband and I have been on a small world map. We use pushpins and its not very attractive. What a treasure your map would be to pass on to the next generation.

  146. Jenice says:

    I would love to win the World Executive Explorer Map to be able to have a visual reminder of our travels. We’ve been lucky to have traveled extensively over the past few years. Right now we have world map framed with thumbnail photos of us in each city. This would be a huge improvement and much nicer!

  147. Judy B. says:

    I would love to have the World Explorer Map. It is most realistic in perspective and I like the way the countries are represented by the different colors without being too garish. I’m off to the Caribbean in a few weeks and looking forward to adding a few more places to my “visited” list.

    As many have said…travel is the best teacher!

  148. Dzul says:

    As a teacher I often share all the excitement of visiting a new place anywhere in the world with my young students. Travelling is king in widening ones horizons.If I win this map, I shall share it with 1000’s of my students in both primary and secondary school in my area of Butterworth, Penang, Malaysia.

  149. sj says:

    I gave birth to twin boys this year. They love seeing things light up. Travel is very important to my husband and I. The map would be an awesome way to introduce the world and travel to my boys. We are hoping they have a love of seeing new places and learning new things about people all around the world like my husband and I do.

  150. Gary Zell says:

    I love the Modern World Map (RMWM). I like the way it highlights the current political boundaries and I could mark where I would like to visit. Such a neat looking map. Whoever wins this prize is a very lucky person!!

  151. Phillip Von Schultz says:

    My preference would be the World Executive Explorer Map (NGEWM). I’ve travelled to 7 countries for personal travel, never for business. We look forward to many more trips while air travel is still affordable to the average person. This is a great product line, and this would be an awesome gift. My fiancee’ is on her first passport, and I’m on my second.

    Thank You,

    Phillip P. Von Schultz

  152. HONEY BOLAS says:


  153. Robert Wright says:

    World Explorer Map (NGWM) Is Really a Neat Looking Map!!

  154. I have always been fascinated about travel, especially to exotic places I could only dream about. I love to look at maps to view my dream places to travel and also mark off the places that I have traveled.

    It would be so appreciated to have a map like the one being generously offered. It would be cherished. Thank you!

  155. Marilyn Hormann says:

    Modern World Map would help my family and me keep up as the world keeps changing.

  156. hilary capstick says:

    I would choose the modern world map, it is colourful and easy to read. With every “light” you can remember the places you have lived and memories of your travels.

  157. LILLIAN MARTIN says:

    I would love any map! I’ve traveled to 6 of the 7 continents and am now sharing the joy of travel with my children. I actually tried to make something like this several years ago by gluing a world map to foam core and pin pricking holes into it and then attempting to light it with some rope lighting from behind. It didn’t really turn out, so I am very interested in having one that I could actually display!

  158. David H. Kuch says:

    For many years my wife and I have travelled extensively. Our greatest joy is preparing powerpoint presentations to share with 6th grade students and nursing homes. The Modern World Map (RMWM) would be a great asset in sharing our travels.

  159. Mike Kuhl says:

    I would like the Modern World Map to plan future vacations!

  160. marlene corey says:

    Wow! What an exciting way to share my many years of past dive trips with my friends, children, grandchildren & great grandchildren. I would be so proud to display the National Geographic Explorer map highlighting all of the beautiful destinations I have been to over the last thirty-five years. There are so many exciting stories to tell and experiences to relate now that dive trips are no longer possible for me. I want my loved ons to know that dreams can come true if one is willing to do what it takes to make it happen. Travel has enriched my life and many friendships have developed through my dive travel experiences.

  161. Christine says:

    The world map! What an awesome tool for my daughter in law to use while homeschooling my grandchildren! The lights would make it fun!

  162. Gerry O'Connor says:

    The grand kids are always asking,”Where are you off to now?” This map allows us to illustrate graphically where we have been and where we are going. Telling our stories about India, Russia, and China, etc. and supporting those narratives with geographical precision greatly enhances the effect. It brings the world closer and reduces the fear of cultural differences.

  163. I have been ill since 1994. I still manage to travel. I have freinds all over. I host couchsurfers from many countries. I would like to have this map to show the children I tutor where I have been. I would also like to track where I have been invited that is on my “bucket list”. I love maps. Even though I have been through a few fires and natural disasters I keep all my maps from all my travels. I am only into collecting quality items because losing most of my possessions was a blessing because I no longer hoard things I rally do not need. It frees me to be able to wander more. I am very interested in the boundaries and showing people where I have been especially children.Today my foster grandchild worked on helped me run errands. While we were waitng we got a map out and I had her find where we were and map out where we were going. I asked her the directions and where they were. Everyone should know where they are and where they are to the rest of the world.I di dnot realize how bad my dyslexia was today and had to make some corrections and repost this.I go to graduate school on line but it takes much editing whith my learning disabilties. I am a visual thinker and love visual things like maps.

  164. Panu says:

    I love the World Explorer Map (NGWM). Classic NG look.

  165. I am 33 years old and for the very first time in my life going to travel abroad this May. I am so excited I can barley sit still, this will be the greatest adventure of my entire life I just know it. I have been sifting through thrift stores hoping to find a map to hang on my wall so my dreaming can start. I want to visualize everything and soak up all the different places I want to explore wile traveling throughout Italy, Greece and Spain. My plan is to really just go and see everything I possibly can, how amazing it would be to come home and mark all my wonderful adventures and many more to come in my future. This map would be cherished in my home!!!

    I am interested in the Lightravels® Classic World Map (RMCWM)

  166. Mari Perez says:

    I would love to have the Modern World Map (RMWM) to showcase my trips to the 7 continents, 50 states and Wonders of the World).

  167. Angela Eppley says:

    Modern World Map-Just love it!

  168. Rebecca Knight says:

    I think all of the maps are great and would love to have any of them, but I think I’m partial to the Modern World map. I’m looking forward to exploring Ireland and parts of England this year for my main trip.

  169. Rachael says:

    I would prefer the World Executive Explorer Map (NGEWM), as the classy look would go well in any room. I am about to move to a new place, and this will be the first time I’ll be staying still and actually putting my personal touch into my surroundings in a long time! Why? Because I’ve been traveling of course :) Over the past number of years I have lived in Italy, Thailand and Australia and traveled extensively in Europe, Southeast Asia, South America and Oceania. Now I would love to be able to show all that travel off in my new home!

  170. Rene Ditton says:

    Love this idea! I would love to place pins not only on where I’ve been….but on where I still want to go! I think the Classic World Map gives me more room to mark them. Thank you for the opportunity!

  171. Helen McGrail says:

    It really tough to choose between the maps based on the online photos but it appears that World Executive Explorer Map uses less space for Antarctica. This works better for me because Antarctica is not on my bucket list (yet). The colour scheme is also gentler on the eyes. I think that the light pegs would would look nicer against a more subdued background than the more brightly toned other maps.

  172. Jackie Cope says:

    I am 76 years old and would so much like to display my travels around the world. I like the
    World Executive Explorer Map best and think the lights would show up better.

  173. Natalie says:

    Modern world map! thanks.

  174. Colleen R. Costello says:

    Memories of where I’ve been I can’t actually see the maps on my Smart, um stupid phone but everyone is taking about the modern one though I truly love maps so I’d be grateful for any one. I’ve kept a globe my first grade teacher gave each of us at the end of the school year, with or names on them. It’s very old world style but I love it. When I see a map, see where I have been and where i dream to be in the future. Also it represents many friends I have made around the world while traveling and the fact that it is possible for us to explore this planet, see amazing places, meet new people and even help others err may not even know. Maps make dreams…..then we try and make them real.

  175. Arlene Moa says:

    Altho all of the maps are spectacular, my preference would be the Modern World Map [RMWM]. It will be great to mark the places that I have visited, as well as those that are still on my bucket list. What a great opportunity. Thanks much

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