Genius trick to save time,data while using Google Maps
March 14, 2023 12:50 AM
It's the go-to navigational app for millions of people around the world, The Daily Mail states.
But despite many of us using Google Maps on a daily basis, there are a number of sneaky features you might not be making use of.
TikTok user @jessicawantsanap has shared a video explaining the genius trick she uses to save both time and data while using Google Maps abroad.
In response to her video, one TikToker joked: 'Ma'am please kiss me because this is legit the best most practical travel advice I have come across on this app.'
While your first thought when visiting a new city might be to search for accommodation, Jessica recommends turning to Google Maps first.
'Don't book an Airbnb or hotel yet,' she explained. 'You are going to make a Google Map first.'
To do this, open Google Search on your computer and search for Google My Maps, before clicking on the first link.
Next, click the red button titled 'Create New Map.'
Using the search bar, look up any attractions you want to explore while you're in the city, whether it's tourist hotspots, restaurants or bars.
These will appear in the list on the left of the screen - simply click the + next to them to pin them to your map.
'Definitely pin your transportation too, because sometimes you really do want to be next to the train station or airport,' Jessica advised.
Once all the key sites are pinned, Jessica suggests doing a quick Google Search for the best areas to stay in the city, before comparing that to your map.
'Now you know where the best place for you to stay is based on what you want to do,' she said.
To access the map on your smartphone, simply open the Google Maps app, tap the Saved tab and then Maps at the bottom.
Your bespoke map will make it easier to plan your trip, revealing which of your sites are closest to one another without having to search for them individually.
'Sometimes you just want to wander and deviate from the itinerary, but you can always pull this map up at any time just to see what you're close to,' she added.
Best of all, you can download the map while you've got WiFi, meaning you don't have to waste precious data to use it abroad.
Several impressed users commented on Jessica's TikTok to praise her trick.
'I feel like my life has just been SAVED, when I went to Japan I literally had 2 sheets full of things to do in areas organised,' one user wrote.
'The way I've spent hours googling every address to see how close/far they were away from the hotel or attractions...THANK YOU,' another added.
And one joked: 'Let me just say, this is the first video I have ever added to my favourites lol.'