For those that enjoy traveling, one of the most frustrating things can be not knowing your location in a foreign country. One great tool that you can use to save yourself in times of need is Google Maps. With Google Maps you can do great things like save a map and use it later offline, directions, landmarks, share your map with friends, street views of areas, get tickets to an event and much more.
Below we’ll be giving a quick breakdown of some of the great features that we love about Google Maps that can save you in a foreign country.
Save Maps And Use Them Offline
Our favorite feature of Google Maps is the ability to download a map of a city when you’re connected to the Internet and then later use it when you’re offline.
With a downloaded map, you’re able to search for attractions, buildings, restaurants and much more all without any Internet connection all without an Internet connection. In addition, Google Maps is able to show your exactly location and adjusts it as you move in real-time.
The way that you can use Google Maps offline is by downloading the map first when you have an Internet connection. Follow these steps to download an offline map:
- Open Google Maps
- Select on the area of the map that you want to download
- At the bottom of your screen, you’ll see a few options like “Save,” “Label,” “Download,” and “Share.” Tap on “Download”
- Now an area of how much of the location you want to save will show up. It’ll also say how much memory saving the map will take up.
- Next tap on Download
- Now you’ll be able to access this map offline
The offline Google Maps is a great feature to have for those that travel outside the United States without an international data plan.
Share Map And Current Location With Family/Friends
If you ever travel abroad with friends and family, you have the ability to share your itinerary with others that are traveling with you or those back home. It’s a great way that you let others know of your plans and not have them worry about you when you’re half way around the world. You can also share your current location as well. All you need to do is select on the Share Route option.
Buy Tickets To Different Events
Not only can you see movie times or schedules of an event going on near by, you can also purchase tickets to different events. This can be done by browsing for a specific Venue and then you can be connected directed to the venue’s website to purchase the ticket from them directly.
Using Street View
When going to an area that you’re unfamiliar with, it’s always a good idea to see what the location will look like from the streets instead of just the aerial view. With Google Maps, you’ll be able to see what the area and place looks like from your perspective when you come across it. Follow the steps below to learn how to use street view on Google Maps:
- Open Google Maps
- Go to the location that you want to view
- Now click & drag on a yellow person figure
- Next your screen will switch to street view
- You’ll be able to move the location of street view by just dragging on the screen to view your desired area
Locate The Best Areas Of Your Destination
Google Maps is basically a local guide of your destination. It provides so much information and great insights that it makes traveling internationally less stressful. Using the Nearby feature on Google Maps, you’ll find a list of the best locations around you. This includes things like stores, bars, grocery stores, hotels, restaurants and much more. These reviews are provided by locals and other tourists which can help make for a better experience in the city that you’re visiting.
Edit Descriptions For Things You Want To Check Out
A cool feature that is included in Google Maps is that you’ll be able to add and edit descriptions for different places that you want to check out. Sometimes the descriptions provided might not make the most sense for you. But this shouldn’t be an issue because you’ll be able to edit these to whatever you like. You can make edits by selecting on the pin for the bookmark and then tapping on the Edit button to make your changes.