If you’re like me and rely heavily on navigation devices to help you navigate unfamiliar places, or use it to plan the clearest and fastest route to your destination, Google Maps has plenty of great features to help you get where you’re going!
One of the features I like to use is the “avoid highways” option. Sometimes it is equal to or faster than the interstate route, and often on longer road trips, the more interesting and fun route.
You can also view your timeline and see all of the places you’ve been over the years. Maybe you’re trying to recommend a taco place you visited 3 years ago in Denver, but you can’t remember what it’s called? You can view your timeline 3 years ago and find the location you routed to using navigation. A recent feature of the timeline is a monthly email that tells you your monthly mileage, cities visited and driving stats. It even has a stat showing how many more miles you need to reach the moon! View your Google Timeline here
Google Maps can also be used offline when you don’t have wifi or cellular connection by downloading a map you know you’ll need later. This could be useful if you travel abroad and don’t want to use cellular data for navigation. You can name the maps you download, and update them once you’re back on wifi or cellular connection. Download Maps in Google Maps
If you’re a little creeped out by how much Google is tracking you, you can turn off location history and delete the data you’ve accumulated so far.
Seeing all the places you’ve been plotted on a map for the last 8 or so years (my time owning a smartphone) is kind of neat. There are some smaller towns and cities I’ve traveled through on road trips that in other scenarios, I might not have remembered the name of, but the data is saved for me to go back through and view and reminisce.