Our Director of Sales Training Joe H. has done a lot of traveling—and he knows just what to do when it comes to navigating foreign cities. Here, he explains how to save Google Maps on your phone so you can access them offline (and without Wi-Fi) when you’re on the road.
Getting lost in a new city is one of the joys of traveling. That is… until you don’t feel like being lost anymore.
That’s when I used to reach for the map I got from the tourist kiosk and trace my finger over the cartoonish, oversized drawings of the major sights, only to realize the small side streets I’d been wandering weren’t on this cartographer’s radar. When I asked a local where we were, she pointed six inches above where my map ended, leaving me lamenting, “this map was really not made to scale!”
Here’s where my favorite new travel tip comes in: You can save maps on your smartphone’s Google Maps app and access them later when you’re lost exploring a new city, all without an expensive data plan. You can even see your location on the saved map because your GPS locator doesn’t require an internet connection.
Before I depart for tour, I save a map on my phone for every city I’ll be traveling to. Here’s how to do it:
1. Search for a city in your Google Maps app. Then tap the box with the name of the city at the bottom of the screen.
2. Once you tap the city name, you’ll see an info screen (in this case, for Paris).
3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and tap “Save map to use offline” in blue.
4. Adjust the map to cover the area you want and tap “Save.”
5. Name your map and hit “Save.”
That’s it! Now you’ll always have a reliable map, avoid an overpriced data plan and never get lost in a new city—except when you want to.
Have you ever gotten lost in a city? How did you find your way back?