Why Use a GPS Device?
Wondering why you should take a GPS device with you on your travels? Read below to find out!
Benefits of Using a GPS Map
Using a GPS map from GPSTravelMaps.com can make your vacation easier, more, enjoyable, safer, and more fun. Here's how!
High-quality, accurate map detail so that your map matches what's on the ground. Voice guidance (in multiple languages, even) and turn-by-turn directions to help you get there. Our maps contain thousands and thousands of points of interest (POIs) so that you can find what you need quickly. No cell signal needed, so you can just show up and go.
As stated above, no cell signal needed, so you don't need to worry about data plans and complications with your phone not working. Also, navigational mistakes can result in problems, which can get expensive.
Avoid places that you don't want to go. Turn-by-turn directions with voice guidance to help you on unfamiliar roads.
No Cell Signal Needed
Travel worry free without cell signal reception to navigate. GPS reception is free, global, and works in the most remote places on the planet. It's relied on by explorers, the military, commercial pilots, seafarers, and anyone else that needs to know their location to get their job done.
What If I'm Not Renting A Car?
Even if you're not renting a car to get around the country, a GPS device with a good map is still a useful thing to have. Consider this scenario:
You're in an unfamiliar city. You don't speak the language very well. It's your first time there. You need to take a cab from the airport to the hostel where you are going to be staying the first night. You get in the cab and after a short exchange, you manage to communicate to the driver where you want to go, and he sets off. But how do you know that he is not taking you on a longer route to run up the fare? How do you know you're you're going in the right direction at all? Maybe he seemed to understand, but he's taking you to the other backpacker's hostel on the other side of the city. If you had a GPS device with our map on it, you would be able to follow the route as you rode along in the back of the cab.
Here's another scenario:
You're taking a bus from one part of the country to another. It's a long ride, spanning the night, and you'll be arriving early in the morning. Everything outside is dark. You'd like to know how far along you are in the trip, what's around you out there, and how long until the next town, where the bus will stop and you can get out and stretch. With a GPS device, you'd be able to check your progress along the way for the entire trip.
And think about this final scenario:
You arrive in your destination city after a long overnight ride on a train or bus. You're starving. A good breakfast would be great. You pull out your GPS, browse a few nearby restaurants, and find one that looks perfect. You're on your way!
What If I Know My Way Around?
If you know your way around a a country pretty well and plan on traveling on familiar routes, it can still be a great idea to bring a GPS device loaded with one of our maps along with you. Consider this scenario:
You're heading to a country that you've been to several times, and you're starting to know your way around pretty well. Getting from the airport to the town 60 miles away where you'll be spending the first night will be no problem, as you've traveled the road several times already. As a precaution, though, you throw your Garmin GPS unit with a map from GPSTravelMaps.com in your day bag before you head out. You also save the locations of the embassy, a few good hospitals, and the major police stations to your favorites list.
As you're heading out of the city, you take a detour and make a U-turn, when suddenly a police officer on an off-road dirt bike comes up on your tail. You follow his instructions to pull over and he demands $200 for the fine of making an illegal U-turn or he will take you to prison. You explain that there was no sign prohibiting such, but he says all U-turns are illegal, so it doesn't matter. You explain that you don't have $200 cash on you, and he says that he will follow you to an ATM, where he will wait for you to withdraw the money and give it to him. What do you do?
Luckily, you planned ahead and have the answer on your GPS device. As you begin driving, you pull up the location of the embassy from your favorites list, see that it's not too far away, and you route yourself there. After you drive right past the first ATM machine, the crooked cop tries to force you to pull over and turn around, but you keep on driving. He is relentless, until you roll up on the embassy and he sees where you are going. His bluff called, he takes off and you are free to go. Good thing you had turn-by-turn guidance in a pinch!
There are a lot of things that can go wrong when you're in a foreign country. Even if you know your way around the place that you are traveling to, play it safe and pack a GPS map from GPSTravelMaps.com!