Why Google Maps Is The Ideal Trip Companion

Dom Kwolczak
5 min readMar 25, 2023
Photo by Tamas Tuzes-Katai on Unsplash

Travelling can be fun, but at the same time, it can be stressful and overwhelming, especially when you’re in an unfamiliar place. The good news is that technology has you covered and in some cases it’s free!

One of these cases is Google Maps, an excellent free app that will not only provide you with directions, but it will also give you access to a community of users who are constantly posting updates in the form of reviews, photos, and videos and even making sure that information is accurate.

I tend to travel a lot for work and leisure and I use many useful travel apps on my phone, but Google Maps is the one app that I always keep on my phone and never delete. I mean, it has definitely got me out of a few sticky situations!

That’s why in this blog post, I will share the ways I use Google Maps to help navigate new places and not only.

Use it to Plan Trips Using Public Transport

In the past, I always used Google Maps to plan trips using public transport. Not only did the app take me to the bus stop I needed, but it told me which service I need to catch and it would take me where ever I needed to go.

It wasn’t until my trip to Budapest in Hungary last year that I found out the full potential of the app, and it was pretty impressive!

Throughout the trip, I relied on public transport to get me around the city, but I didn’t really know where I was going so naturally, I decided to use Google Maps to help me out.

Not only did the app take me to the stops I needed, but it also recommended the best ways of getting there using public transport.

During the trip, the app would ask me questions like whether the tram or bus was busy or not and whether their air conditioning was functioning on that service, which I just couldn’t say no to. It also warned me when my stop was approaching so that I didn’t miss it.

I find that it’s the little things like this that prove to be extremely helpful, especially to someone who was visiting the country for the very first time.

The best part is that this also works at home, the only downside is that you have to start a trip on your phone to get…