Why all travellers need to use offline maps

How often do you get lost when travelling?

Me? I get lost regularly. I find that I eventually get to my destination, taking what I like to call, the scenic route. If you’re like me, you don’t mind being a little lost, finding spots you most likely would’ve missed if you were on the right track. Being very lost however, can be an anxious time.  In this day and age, smart devices, offline maps and the wonderful world of apps, there is no need to get lost anymore…unless you chose to.

My last trip, I managed to avoid taking the scenic route by using an offline mapping app. Yes offline! Meaning no data roaming or trying to find a free WiFi zone to work out where you are!

Where am I? Was no longer a question I had to ask myself, or anyone else for that matter.

I could always check where I was by simply opening an app and accessing my offline maps. It always found me! All you do then is put in the destination you are trying to reach and the app will map it out.  I even used offline maps to establish our route in the car. It was great to watch the app track us with ease. Walking or driving, I always knew where I was.

Download a map to use offline

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Make sure you're connected to the Internet and signed in to Google Maps.
  3. Search for a place, like San Francisco.
  4. At the bottom, tap the name or address of the place and then tap More 더보기.
  5. Select Download offline map and then Download.

Use offline maps

After you download a map, use the Google Maps app just like you normally would. If your Internet connection is slow or absent, Google Maps will use your offline maps to give you directions.

Note: You can get driving directions offline, but not transit, bicycling, or walking directions. In your driving directions, you won't have traffic info, alternate routes, or lane guidance. 

Time to have fun and not worry about getting lost ever again on holiday!

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