Traveling to new places and locating streets are easy to do today with the use of mobile technology. While some people still use the traditional paper maps when going to new countries and cities, many have developed a liking to the GPS or the Global Positioning System.
In recent years, the number of people in the U.S. using their mobile phones for maps and GPS navigation reached 9.61 million. This figure from Statista.com covered the years 2009 to 2012.
Many travelers today rely on the GPS whether they are driving towards their destinations or simply doing the walking tour. It comes very handy when you’re visiting a new place with absolutely no idea where the shops, restaurants and other attractions are. Thanks to the growing number of location-based services as well, more people are able to find what they’re looking for without much difficulty.
Here are ways to help you use your GPS effectively without giving you stress wherever you want to go.
If you’re not familiar with the GPS, it’s best that you learn about it and the different devices available to consumers. If you own a smartphone, research on how to use the system in your iPhone, Android or Windows Mobile device. Each of them usually has a built-in GPS. Find out how it works, what would cause it not to work and its limitations.
Numerous websites offering useful travel tips such as F3Y and best travel mobile devices to bring are available today. You just need to spend time in browsing the internet to find them.
Make sure to preload maps to your GPS smartphones early on. You can download any map data when connected to Wifi and this can also save you on data charges and battery life. Keep in mind that most map apps allow data to be cached on your smartphone.
Choose the Biggest Screen
It is recommended that you use a smartphone with the biggest screen and best battery life when traveling. This will enable you to see better the map locations and maximize your GPS experience. Along with this, install apps that will help you better manage the data usage of your device. Turn off 3G if you’ve already cached your map data and your phone as well when not in use.
Install Travel Apps
A great way to enjoy your GPS and your travel is to install travel apps. There are plenty to choose from online but be sure you look for those compatible with your device. An app that offers users reviews provides valuable information that can help you make a guided decision. Examples are Thorn Free of Lonely Planet and FlyerTalk.
The GPS is a satellite-based system used to locate positions anywhere on earth. It provides real time and three-dimensional positioning, navigation and timing around the world round the clock. And with this tool, travelers of today are getting around foreign cities and access dining places, shops and other tourist spots with much ease.