​Weighing the Pros and Cons of Hotels and Vacation Rentals

Unless you’ve been hiding out in a cave, you know that vacation rentals have gone through the roof since the pandemic. Actually hotel occupancy has surged as well, particularly in resort destinations. (Not so much in big cities.) Many people have tried Airbnb or Vrbo for the first time these past couple of years. Folks have definitely been enjoying the benefit of living in a home (or apartment/condo) away from home while staying within their contained unit.

But now that we’ve all been breaking out of our bubbles far more, many are pondering if renting a vacation home is better than staying in a full-service hotel. Let’s weigh the pros and cons of the key factors that help you to select your place of lodging.

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Get to know the Discovery Map team: Gary Torrisi

Gary is the map artist!

He's been an artist since the 80s.

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Summer Travel Woes: How to Make the Best Out of Your Airline Experience

If you’ve done any kind of traveling this summer–or talked with someone who has–you know that for many it has been a hellish summer in terms of travel. Initially dubbed the summer of revenge travel, for many, taking revenge on the fact that they have been cooped up by the pandemic has turned out to be an arduous chore. For others, they’re just rolling with the inconveniences of poor service, long lines, crazy high prices, nutty delays and disruptions and a whole litany of woes that require extra patience and coping skills. Let’s face it, even with all of the problems, there’s still a big thrill to traveling. So the next time you consider flying somewhere, consider the below tips.

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Get to know the Discovery Map team: Katie Whiteley

Katie is the Discovery Map Marketing Manager.

She grew up in Virginia, but now calls Vermont home.

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Get to know the Discovery Map team: Chris Sands

Chris works with Joslyn in Production and Design.

He is a Vermonter, but spent time in Georgia and Las Vegas.

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Reveling in the Summer Concert Scene

Whether you’ve packed a picnic and set up your lawn chair at one of the free outdoor music events hosted in communities around the country (around the world in fact) or scored some pricey tickets to see a rockstar at a renowned outdoor music venue such as Red Rocks (in Colorado), Saratoga Performing Arts Center, or SPAC (in New York), Tanglewood (in Massachusetts) or the Hollywood Bowl (in California). Music and summer go together like pretzels and beer. It seems as though this summer especially, it’s all about freedom.

With the worst of Covid behind us and soaring temperatures that command us to spend many a summer night outside, the theme “let freedom ring” seems to be more widespread than ever at the outdoor concert scene. This means more of letting it all hang out in every sense of the word. There’s a lot more skin being bared, much of which is tattooed. There’s no better place to show off your ink than at a summer concert. From skimpy halter tops, to super-short shorts, to teeny-tiny sundresses and long flowing skirts, there’s plenty of eye candy to behold at these venues and that’s not even counting all of the bare-chested brawn.

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Our New Website is Here!

The day is finally here for us to reveal our new website design! Besides a more modern and simplified design, major differences include:

-Improved and more user-friendly layout
-New eye-catching destination header images
-Modernized fonts and colors that are closer to the map aesthetic
-State and country landing page

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Get to know the Discovery Map team: Susan Klein

Susan is the head of Finance and Administration.

She's a life long Vermonter!

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Get to know the Discovery Map team: Peter Hans

Next up is Peter Hans, our CEO!

Peter grew up in Albany, NY.

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Get to know the Discovery Map team: Rob Amon

Rob is the head of Franchise Development.

"I grew up outside of Baltimore, MD where I had a background in horticulture and stone masonry. I started my own landscaping business which I operated until 1997 before making a career change, moving to Small Dog Electronics, a local Apple computer reseller, where I worked for twenty years before coming to Discovery Map in 2017.

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