I always find that maps must be meant to make you want to go places. Especially when they are for travelers to look at and decide on their next trip!
A person looking at a map of Iceland should get an sense of the colors and rugged beauty of the country, and how huge the main glacier area is. They should imagine themselves on the Westman Islands waiting for dark and a chance to view the Northern Lights.
The maps shown here are created specifically to capture the itineraries of smarTours trips, and you will find them all on smarTours website, www.smartours.com.
I am a cartography nut, and an avid traveler. I love to combine my passion for maps and places, so more people will discover the beauty of everywhere.
Where are the Rockies, and where are the turquoise lakes? Have you also noticed that Dinosaur Provincial Park is shaped like a T-Rex? I didn't make that up. I zoomed in on google maps and found out!
And how could we be contemplating an adventure to the Okavango Delta next to Botswana's Chobe National Park, and not wonder where all that water comes from? The Kavango River is what feeds the lush Okavango Delta, then evaporates at the edge of the Kalahari desert. On a different river, the Zambezi, you'll see the thunderous Victoria Falls.
A good map of China of course needs to give a sense of the main parts of the Yangtze River and the Great Wall. After all, these are two of the most iconic features compelling us to visit.
Between the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf, Iran's thousands year old culture developed. Fragrant forests of cedar trees were of great importance to Persia (Iran), where forest management was already in place in 400 B.C. The Persepolis and Isfahan are places I also hope to visit some day.