Planning a vacation is never easy, especially if it’s a long one. There are so many places to visit, so many sights to see, so many dishes to enjoy, that you’d actually need to grab a pen and paper and write everything down, or else you won’t remember them. But you still need a GPS to find all these locations.
If only there was an easy way to pin down all the places and have them all together in one place… Oh wait! There is! It’s just another of Google’s wonder-products: Google Maps.
How it’s done
There are 3 simple steps to pinning your favorite locations on Google Maps:
· Every time you see, read or hear about a location that you want to visit, quickly access maps.google.com. Make sure that you are logged in with your personal Google account (which is actually your Gmail address) so that every search and pin will be stored for further access.
· Using the search bar, enter the name of the location you want to visit. It can be a museum, a restaurant or even a hotel. Google will automatically suggest some results, based on the name and city/country name you entered.
· Once you find the location you were looking for, Google will load the map and show you the pinned location, with the exact address. Press the star button located in the box in the upper left corner, next to the address. This way, Google can save this location and mark it as a favorite and it can later be displayed upon request.
You can mark all the locations you want to visit, there is no number restriction to it.
Creating a route
Another wonderful thing about Google Maps is that you can create an itinerary based on the proximity of the locations you want to visit. In other words, you can create maps for each vacation day with the places you want to see.
Google has implemented the “My Places” feature to help you along the way. You can also name your maps to easily find them.
The destinations you pin can also be viewed on your smartphone.
Extra tip: you can use the “Edit” feature to draw your own route lines and add your own pins.