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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

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!

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