It’s currently 11:27AM September 16th, 2017 in Barcelona as I’m finishing drinking my coffee at a local coffee shop. Maybe sitting here a little longer so my phone can charge so I can plan my day. I just flew into Barcelona and the past two days I have been in Amsterdam. I have to say during this trip I am not sure if I would have the same confidence and ability to walk around the city and explore If I didn’t have the precious Google Maps.
What did we use ten years ago when we didn’t have Google Maps, Yelp, or Trip Advisor? How did we even manage traveling and looking up the best places to eat or have drinks? Honestly, I don’t think millennials would have survived. We have so much information at the tip of our fingertips and are now so dependent on this information. Walking around Amsterdam we used Google Maps to check out places to eat, looked for cafes who particularly had wifi to maybe get some work done and also found our way when we were lost deep into Amsterdam.
I just don’t want to even think about actually holding a map to guide my way through the city. This would take up so much time just to find out where I am currently standing. But with my phone and Google Maps, it tells me the exact location where I am standing.
Also, review and travel sites help to educate us and almost know what to expect. We are able to search these sites and read other reviews from people who have been to potential places that interest us. This is very useful for when deciding to spend my money at a new place. It’s helpful to hear other people experiences whether it was good or bad. This initially can help me make my decision.
Probably my favorite feature in Google Maps is being able to save a particular place and label it as a “Favorite”, “Want to go”, or “Starred places”. Doing some research before my trip I labeled some places around Amsterdam and Barcelona with “Want to go”. As I explored each place and found new places that I loved and would want to come back I labeled them as “Favorites”. Other places that I visited I labeled them as “Starred places”. This is a really cool feature to ultimately see all of the places I have visited in Amsterdam or Barcelona and places that I would want to go back to when I visit the city again.