Traveling is made easier and more convenient by the advancements of technology that make that happen. Communication is more accessible. Transportation is leveled up. Navigation is more efficient. Wherever you are in the world, you can travel merrily with certainty. One of the tools that prove and allow that are online maps.
There are different online map services popular and widely used today, especially today when life is busy as bee for everybody. They are used for going to places you are unfamiliar with. Bringing you exactly where you want and need to be, online maps can definitely help you in your trips. You just have to know how they work and how to use them.
Below are 5 friendly tips when using online maps for your trips. Take note of them all!
1 – Install your online map app before leaving for your trip.
Many fail to quickly handle and operate their online maps because they still have to download them. This takes up quite a lot of time, especially if your phone is lagging or if the mobile data signal isn’t that tough to download apps at the moment.
To avoid such hassles, make sure to install your online app before leaving for your trip. Do it at least a day ahead or in the calm morning of your trip. Avoid cramming. Avoid stressing yourself out.
2 – Practice using your online map at home.
Once you have already installed your online map a day before or hours before, try it out. Practice using it while you are still at home, so you will not be clueless or confused when you actually need it to navigate the roads.
Try typing in the name of your destinations to see if they are pinning the exact locations. Practice typing the places you will surely go to, like your booked hotel accommodation. This lets you estimate your schedule and your speed as you move too because you will see how far you will need to go to reach those itineraries.
3 – Sort the settings to fit your preference and needs.
While you are seriously learning your online map app at home, you should also organize and sort the settings to fit your preference and needs.
If you want the maps to guide you to avoid long routes or to avoid expressways, you can fix the settings. If you want to record your vehicle’s plate number and connect electronic payment cards to your online map app, you also can do that.
Just check out the settings of the app. Read the function of every button. Assemble the functions as you please and as you need.
4 – Make sure you have mobile data to use online maps on the road.
As these tools are online, you need access to the Internet to use them without hurdles. Since you are outside, make sure you have mobile data that’s reliable. Although you can expect that the signals can fluctuate and become unstable at times, you should have enough mobile load to ascertain you can maximize your online map application.
5 – Follow the audio directions, and double-check by looking.
It’s not so easy to use online map apps while you are behind the wheels. As a driver, you should follow the audio, but double-check the directions by looking at your phone too. Unless you have a passenger who can manage the online map app in your place and assist you, you will not have to worry a lot. Otherwise, you should be a multitasking driver too.
Be attentive to the audio instructions by the online map app, but take glances at the map’s visuals too, because sometimes, the audio is delayed. This helps you travel more cautiously and attentively.
There you have those helpful tips for you and your travel buddies who are not that familiar with new tourist destinations and foreign countries you visit. Online maps can help you big time. They can save you time, money and effort. Just make sure to use them properly and smartly!
Arrive at your travel itineraries ready for full bliss! Let online maps lead the way!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nicole Ann Pore is a writer, an events host and a voice over artist. She finds quality and well-researched writing as a worthwhile avenue to enlighten and delight others about things that matter. For her, it’s restoring and fulfilling to the heart and a great way to clear the mind while loading it up with fresh learning. Film critiquing and filmmaking are among her interests too. Giving all the glory to God, Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.
Nicole Ann Pore is a writer, an events host and a voice over artist. Quality and well-researched writing is her worthwhile avenue to enlighten and delight others about things that matter. She is a daytime writer for Holiday Inn Parramatta Hotel, a five-star hotel in Parramatta, New South Wales which provides a rewarding stay and a close reach of Australia’s noteworthy features. Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.