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Even with newfangled GPS gadgetry out there in increasing numbers, a good, old-fashioned map remains a staple for any self-respecting adventure traveler.
To that end, the National Geographic Society, the gold-standard source for maps for nearly a century, recently announced plans to expand its AdventureMaps line. The expansion will bring travelers a slew of new options for finding their way in increasingly popular adventure destinations such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa and Thailand. Countries and cities in Africa, the Middle East, South America, Asia, and Europe are also on deck for a total of 60 new destinations by the end of 2012, and 30 more by summer of next year.
The maps, which are priced at $11.95 and will be available online as well as through retail outlets, are designed for the traveler who'd rather find the closest national park instead of a museum or popular restaurant. They're loaded with helpful tidbits such as surf locations, dive sites, trail heads, detailed road networks and federally protected land, as well as info on accommodations.
Plus, they're waterproof, tear resistant, highly durable and environmentally friendly (not that you'd ever want to throw them away), making them the ideal companion for anybody who wants to explore the road less traveled. And, let's face it, while the latest must-have GPS apps have plenty of cool quotient, they just don't offer the same sense of satisfaction in reaching your destination as a map does.
On a completely different note, Teva footwear giant has found a way to beat the winter blues. On January 30, the company is giving away $14,000 trip for two to Fiji, set for April 1 - 11. Sign up for this drool-worthy adventure trip, which includes round-trip airfare, a seven-day Tui Tai expedition cruise, river tour, and, of course, a pair of sandals by Teva, at www.tevahouse.com.
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