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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. 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

  2. HONEY BOLAS says:

    FROM THE PICTURES I FAVOR THE CLASSIC WORLD MAP BECAUSE IT SEEMS TO SHOW THE COUNTRIES IN THE LARGEST DETAIL.
    WOW, WOULD I LOVE TO WIN THIS ONE.

  3. Robert Wright says:

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

  4. 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!

  5. Marilyn Hormann says:

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. Mike Kuhl says:

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Panu says:

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

  15. 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)

  16. 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).

  17. Angela Eppley says:

    Modern World Map-Just love it!

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. 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!

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. Natalie says:

    Modern world map! thanks.

  24. 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.

  25. 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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