Best Travel Store - 2002
Rand McNally Bookstore
At Rand McNally, you can outfit yourself for a trip to almost anywhere that has potable water (and quite a few that don't). What makes the store so special is not merely the exhaustive combination of books, maps, electronics, accessories, and luggage to make your trip more enjoyable, but also the staff, who are extremely knowledgeable about their store. For a recent trip to Europe we loaded up with Time Out and Rough Guides, Streetwise maps, and a power transformer for our battery recharger. We opted this time to forgo the hand-held global positioning system and downloadable restaurant databases. But while waiting to check out, we spied an offer we couldn't refuse: the Eagle Creek rolling duffel bag reduced from $400 to $125. The bag comes with a lifetime guarantee. The store has made us a lifelong fan.