Clever ways to use Google Maps when you are travelling

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Google Maps is great for directions, but have you ever considered using it to plan your trip in advance?

Here are just some of the ways you can use Google Maps to create the perfect itinerary on your next trip.

Creating road trip routes
Whether you are travelling around Australia or taking a road trip in another country, Google Maps easily allows you to plan your road trip, adding in as many stops as you want to make. The advantages of using the app for trip planning is that it will tell you exactly how long each leg will take.

Create an idea itinerary
You can look for all the places you want to go to while you are travelling and save them in advance. All you need to do is find the place that you would like to go, hit the bottom bar with the place’s name and click save. You can then save your itinerary in a pre-made list or create a new one.

Save maps for offline use
Some places you travel to will have little to no internet. The offline maps feature lets you download map data for use without an internet connection. Then you can use the map to navigate routes as easily as if you were online. This can be a valuable way to save money on data while you are travelling overseas.

Skip the queues
Google’s ‘popular times’ feature allows you to check when an attraction is likely to be busiest and even provides a live update of how busy it is right now.

Find where you are staying the easy way
If you are staying at an apartment or even a house with Airbnb, it can be helpful to know what the building looks like in advance. Google has photos of just about everywhere, and you can use these so you know what you are looking for when you arrive. When you are in Google Maps, click hold and drag the yellow person icon from the bottom right of your screen to the area you want to see, then your map will automatically switch to street view so you can take a closer look.

Do you have any tips for using Google Maps when you travel?

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