How Discovery Map® DMO Maps Benefit Local Communities

In an age dominated by digital technology and global connectivity, it's easy to overlook the significance of physical maps in our daily lives.

Discovery Map® has been creating and publishing beautifully illustrated, hand-drawn alternative advertising maps for over 35 years. These unique and charming maps serve as an invaluable resource for both travelers and local communities.

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The Best Discovery Map® Foliage Destinations

As the days grow shorter and the air becomes crisper, nature puts on a spectacular show by painting the landscape with vibrant hues of red, orange, and gold.

Fall foliage season is a magical time when the world transforms into a breathtaking tapestry of colors. To help you make the most of this season, we've created a list of the best Discovery Map destinations for fall foliage viewing. These locations offer not only stunning natural beauty but also a variety of activities to enhance your autumn experience.

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​Exploring the Opportunity: Starting a Discovery Map® Franchise

Are you an aspiring entrepreneur seeking a business venture in the travel and tourism industry? If so, a Discovery Map® franchise might just be the opportunity you've been looking for. In this article, we'll delve into the world of Discovery Map® franchises, answering key questions about their cost, the franchise discovery process, and the significance of Discovery Day.

One of the first considerations when exploring a franchise opportunity is the initial investment required. The cost of a Discovery Map® franchise can vary based on several factors, including location, market size, and specific offerings, but is considered on the more affordable end. As stated on the Discovery Map® franchise investment page, the estimated initial investment can range between $29,900 and $49,900.

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Travel Packing Tips: How to Pack Light and Smart for Your Next Trip

Whether you're going on a short weekend getaway or a long-term trip, packing is stressful! We all want to breeze through airport security and look like travel pros.

With a bit of planning and organization, you can be that pro! With our 7 tips below you can pack light and smart without sacrificing any essential items. Here are our basic moves to help you make the most of your luggage space and avoid any unnecessary stress:

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The Comeback of Paper Maps

"If you want to get from point A to point P, use GPS. If you want to understand the world around you, use a map!".

A combination of maps as art and a search for a bigger picture from young travelers has sparked a significant jump in the sales of paper maps. NBC’s Sam Brock reports for TODAY on the recent surge.

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​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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