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New England travel gift ideas #6

Posted by Patricia Harris  December 17, 2010 10:13 AM

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Today's travel gift ideas are about finding your way and bringing what you need in style. It's always a trip to visit the DeLorme Map Store in Yarmouth just to marvel at Eartha, which DeLorme claims is the world's largest globe. If you're not in the mood for a drive, you can purchase a gift certificate by phone, but your recipient will have to use it in the store. We have sworn by DeLorme's state atlas books for years because they offer just the right level of resolution to find your way across large stretches of territory while still being able to see the major roads and streets. More tech-literate types swear by (rather than at) their GPS software. Give the gift of clear directions. As frequent travelers, we're really hard on luggage, but we blanch at the prices for new suitcases--except at the Samsonite Factory Outlet, which deeply discounts Samsonite and American Tourister luggage and often has specials of a 50 percent discount on the second piece you purchase. If a short pre-holiday road trip appeals, gift certificates are available in any amount you choose, but must be purchased at the store.

DeLorme Map Store, Rte. 1 (I-295, exit 17), Yarmouth, Maine; 207-846-7100 or 800-642-0970.
Samsonite Factory Outlet, 95 Main St., Warren, R.I.; 401-247-3302.

--Patricia Harris & David Lyon

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