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Why GOOGLE MAPS SHOULD HELP YOU PLAN YOUR NEXT INTL TRIP!

If you own an iPhone and default to using the native Apple Maps for navigation then that is your first problem. I (among others) highly recommend downloading Google Maps instead. Not only are their maps far more accurate & reliable, the interface is much nicer and they seem committed to travel planning as they just released Google Trips

It wasn't until recently on our current trip, when a friend showed us how essential it can be for planning. Navigating a new city is hard enough, add in a packed agenda with no international data plan and it can be very overwhelming. We love a good ol’ fashioned paper map and still use them, but when trying to efficiently get to all the right stops, we have found Google Maps indispensable. With their starring functionality, it's extremely easy to save & remember restaurants, bars, museums, hotels, trail heads, and more that you are trying to visit while on your trip. We also use it to save the places we stumble upon and end up loving. Avoiding international data charges, they let you download offline maps for a defined area. It will keep all your starred places and street names/metro stops/etc so it functions as a modernized city map. As you will see on our international travel guides, we have made maps for each city with all of our favorite places that you can easily download to your Google account to have on your phone.  

 

KATE'S VERSION:

WHY GOOGLE MAPS SHOULD HELP YOU PLAN YOUR NEXT INTL TRIP!

do you own a phone and do you have a map app [duh]? if you own an iPhone and default to using the native apple maps for navigation, that is a problem. here's why:

navigating a new city is hard enough, add in a packed agenda with no international data plan and it can be very overwhelming. don't get me wrong, we love a good ol’ fashioned paper map and still use them often, but when trying to efficiently get to all the right stops we have found Google Maps life changing.we, [among others] are impressed with where google maps has gone and how well they are integrating with international travel. not only are their maps far more accurate & reliable, the interface is much nicer and they seem committed to travel planning as they just released Google Trips

here are X reasons:

  1. STARRING this functionality, it's extremely easy to save & remember restaurants, bars, museums, hotels, trail heads, and more that you are trying to visit while on your trip. We also use it to save the places we stumble upon and end up loving.
  2. OFFLINE MAPS Avoiding international data charges, they let you download for a defined area. It will keep all your starred places and street names/metro stops/etc so it functions as a modernized city map.
  3. AUTOMATIC SYNCING

As you will see on our international travel guides, we have made maps for each city with all of our favorite places that you can easily download to your Google account to have on your phone. 


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