Google Maps Tips for a Better Travel Experience

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Technology as a tool for travel has come a long way in recent years—paper maps and guidebooks have gone to the wayside in favor of the internet and smartphone applications. While there’s nothing wrong with keeping it old school, apps like Google Maps have the potential to transform the way we plan and even experience a destination. Read on for some tips on how to use Google Maps to plan your next trip. 

Research Local Attractions

Beyond its primary uses as a navigation tool, Google Maps is an excellent source of information on places like museums, restaurants, and other points of interest. For example, a quick “coffee near me” search will yield not only the locations of cafes in your vicinity but also their hours, reviews, and average pricing. As you come across places you’d like to visit, you can save them in categorized folders to create an efficient and organized personal itinerary.

Plan Your Routes

Avoid unnecessary delays in your journey by taking advantage of Google Maps’ real-time traffic data. As you search for directions, this feature will allow you to compare available routes based on factors like time, traffic, and public transport alternatives. You’ll be able to stay ahead of any jams and choose the route that makes the most sense for your schedule.

Street View

When it comes to exploring unfamiliar neighborhoods, the Google Maps Street View option is a great way to familiarize yourself with an area before venturing into it in real life. Take a virtual stroll to get a feel for the general vibe of the neighborhood, keeping an eye out for the types of businesses and attractions that inhabit it.