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Travel Tip - using Google maps

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 9 June 2015 | Views [196]

Travel tip
You can use Google maps even when you are out of a wi-fi zone.
Many of our digitally savvy friends probably know this, but we have found this invaluable while travelling. 
How does it work?
You need a device that has 'Google Maps' app installed, access to wi-fi (at the start) and your 'location services' switched on.
If you are in an unfamiliar place, and you want to go somewhere eg for breakfast, to a laundromat or even to the closest petrol station (if you are in a car), then this is a very useful tool.
The very first thing to do, while you have access to Wi-fi (in your hotel, restaurant) plot your route in google maps. This is important and do this while in wi-fi zone. Here is my walking route to breakfast at 'Le Pain Quotidien'

Now this is where it becomes useful - even when you move out of the WiFi zone, your movements are tracked. Google uses GPS and if you check your device, a blue dot appears on the map where you are currently located.

If you stray off track, you can check where you are on your device and then correct your track.
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We had a splendid breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien.

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