Having lived an international lifestyle, I’ve travelled on many occasions and seen many areas of the world. This is why I wanted to talk today about Google Maps; the greatest traveller friendly app on earth.

In the days before smartphones travelling could be an ordeal. You’re in a foreign land, you don’t speak the language and you’re not familiar with anything. All you have to rely on a paper maps, subway routes etc. If you don’t understand them then you get lost fast.

As smartphones grew in popularity the Google Map option came out in app form. It has revolutionised the life of the traveller as it has provided them with a versatile tool that they can use to fully enjoy their travelling experience.

However if you’re new to the app it can be a little tricky to use. This is why I wanted to provide a few essential pointers on using Google Maps on your android. It may differ slightly from phone to phone but some key things remain the same.

The first is zooming; you often need zoom when travelling to get necessary details, however with touch screen it can be confusing. So if you need to zoom in closer put two fingers on the touch screen and pull away from each other. Do the opposite for zooming out.

Another thing to note is that you don’t always have to be specific. Say you don’t know a street name, but you do know a landmark. Put the landmark name into the search bar with the name of the city and the app will find the street for you.

You also need to know that you can use the app to plot a course of direction from where you are to where you want to be. Put both addresses in, and then it will plot out the quickest route. It even uses GPS to show you where you are on said route.

You can also use the app to get more information on the place you are going to. Type in the address and you often get an information card. Slide this up and you’ll find information, reviews etc. This is the perfect tool to use when looking for a restaurant; you can use it to see whether it’s right for you.

The Google Map app really is the travellers best friend; you can literally use it to not only find where you’re looking to go, but to help you get there and even to help you decide whether you even want to be there. Best thing, it’s free!

Htet Tayza,

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About Htet Tay Za

My name is Htet Tay Za and I’m a young banking professional from Myanmar. I was born in Yangon, Myanmar twenty-four years ago. I have a keen interest in business, cuisine, lifestyle and philanthropy.

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