I have previously mentioned that a smartphone is a great tool to use when traveling, and one of the ways I maximize its benefit is by using Google Maps. Google Maps is a great resource to use when travelling. I had used CityMapper more in the past, but now I have started to use Google Maps more often. Here are a few of the reasons I like to use Google Maps:
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The biggest reason I use Google Maps is due to the ease of saving locations for further reference. As I mentioned in my post about making travel itineraries, whenever I come across a place I think I will want to try (through word of mouth, travel blogs, newsletter, etc.) I save it in Google Maps. It is very easy to do, and makes it easy to plan out my days while traveling.
Once I have visited a place, I will usually save it to my favorites so it is easy to find and visit again. I also use this to remember the exact places I have been when recommending places to other and/or when writing my blog.
I will also star important places, such as airports, hostels, meeting points, or train stations. These stand out so I am able to quickly and easily access them whenever necessary.
Google Maps works very well when I need to sort out my transportation options. It can sort by type of transportation, such as bus, train, metro, long distance train, or any mix of those options. While I slightly prefer using Citymapper for checking public transportation options, due to the other things Google Maps offers I tend to use it more rather than flipping back and forth between the two different apps.
Google Maps will also sort out the walking distance from one place to another. You can also add multiple stops along the way if there are a few different things you want to see.
Google will also display the opening times for restaurants, musuems, and other places of interest. While it is not correct 100% of the time (and I would suggest double-checking with the specific site if necessary), it is correct the vast majority of the time.
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