How Google Maps Help You to be Local Travel Guide

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  1. Cloudia says:

    Nice post! I am a Google Local Guide as well

  2. Marge says:

    Oh wow, I didn’t know Google maps can do a few of these things like hiring a cab for example (I usually just rely on Uber or Grab when it comes to that). I think the offline feature is quite helpful especially in areas with low network signal. I’m going to try some of the features that you shared here!

  3. Did not know about it, will try for sure, thanks for sharing.

  4. that is such an informative Post, with the newly updated features on Google Maps ! the post tempts you to take a Road-trip asap 🙂

  5. I’ve joined as well and all I get is continuing requests to use my photos! Hmmm, Google, what I am doing wrong?

  6. Wow! I am google map frequent user here! But I don’t know lots of the functions that you have shared in your post! Really appreciate the offline function, this really helpful when I am running out of data plan at times. Thanks for sharing this important valuable info 🙂 cheers, SiennyLovesDrawing

  7. amsang says:

    Nice info. I am a level 5 guide.

  8. For years, I am reliant on Google Maps as my default mapping app. But in the Philippines, we have limited functionality, hence we do use Waze app more. Google does provide tons of information. And I am sure that the features such as traffic information will be enabled in our country as well.

  9. Fiona says:

    I have never tried adding a picture to Google maps. In fact, I never even knew that you could! You’ve got me thinking though… I wonder if being active in this way on Google maps, adding pictures and leaving reviews, actually helps to publicize your Google plus profile at all. Do you know?

  10. So many new information that i didn´t knew…. I didn´t know that it´s possible to add a picture in google maps. I must try this!

  11. So interesting to learn all the different ways you can use Google maps! I was definitely not using it to its fullest potential. But now I’m excited to try all the different things you suggested!

  12. Google Maps has been our best friend whenever we travel abroad. It has its numbers of benefits. Isn’t it amazing how technology helps our lives more comfortable? Because of Google Maps, we don’t have to worry of getting lost. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Google take many more manifestations daily and the google maps is true friend to those whose vocation is to travel

  14. Nat Deduck says:

    Google Maps is also very useful for general travellers! We use it all the time to plan our itineraries and to avoid getting lost!

  15. Shobha says:

    cool! I had no idea that Google maps could do all this. I usually just use it to to find my way around but now it will be so much more helpful!

  16. I am glad that I read your article. I did not know that Google Maps has these features. I like that I can share my reviews with others too. I am eager to know the opening hours, price and peak hours of restaurants so that I can avoid traffic and enjoy my food better.

  17. Google Maps has always been out best friend whilst we have been on the road. Its such an awesome resource! Thanks for sharing all these ways to utilise Goggle Maps – some of them I haven’t heard of we’ve been using it years!

  18. Stacey says:

    I love Google maps. Its probably the one app I use every single day for one reason or another. You really don’t know how much you miss it until you move to a country like South Korea that blocks its usage.

  19. Jennifer says:

    I’m a Local Guide on Google in Bordeaux, France where I live. They even have events and meet ups. It’s a cool program that unfortunately not many people know about.

  20. Helen says:

    I love Google Maps. I use it everyday to work out the optimal time to catch public transport to uni. It is also great on trips when you need to make an unexpected stop for petrol or food and don’t know off hand where the nearest is.

  21. saurabh says:

    Google map has lots of uses, especially during travel. I haven’t used it so extensively. I will experiment with google map in my next trip. Thank you for such a great tips.

  22. I used to use google maps when I traveled for business and it has some great features. nice post thanks for sharing

  23. Ree love30 says:

    There are so many features on goodles maps that I didn’t know about! To be fair I just use the from and to part of it and I guess thats just the basic part! Love that you can add a new place, will be doing that! Ree love30

  24. I honestly have not used google map when I travel and I just don’t know why, maybe because I didn’t know the benefits of using it. With these tips that you have shared, I’m changing my mind and would love to use it when I travel next time. Thank you so much for sharing about this informative and interesting blog post.

  25. anna says:

    Thanks for sharing! I had no idea google had all these features! awesome!

  26. Teresa says:

    Google map is really helpful. I rely on it also when I’m not sure of the location of a place I need to go to. These are helpful tips. Thanks for sharing.

  27. KT Nielsen says:

    I relied heavily on Google maps when I did my solo trip to Copenhagen. We also used it when we had our roadtrip from Hillerod to the northwestern part of Denmark. It was really helpful and I would use it again when we go back to Prague. I just haven’t tried using it to share photos though.

  28. Google maps is a great app. I’ve been relying so much at google maps whenever i travel places even locally. I even like it so much better than waze app. I usually download specific places for offline use just so when i need help whenever i dont have connection. Very helpful!

  29. Anne Chan says:

    This is so cool! I must say Google is quite indispensable as a guide especially for travelling. Thanks for sharing!

  30. Carola says:

    I like using google maps during traveling! We were kind of lost in Sicily and it saved us. I agree that the traffic alerts are very helpful too. I use offline maps quite often when I know won’t have any wifi when I’m out of the country. I will try out location and photo sharing!

  31. Laveena Sengar says:

    That’s so cool. I didn’t know that you could hire a cab with Google maps. That is something new. I Am sure that this would have been a great experience for you. All the best 🙂

  32. lex says:

    Good to know that the google map has more features than we just know of it, every travel would do well to him/herself to have this for ease of travel. No one wants to be left wondering.

  33. Sandra says:

    This is such a great post! I’m going to Bali next year and these great tips will definitely help me through my vacation. X

  34. Google maps is a great tool for getting around if you’re lost. Though I never really use it when I’m travelling, as I like to get lost and explore places. I only use when I’m going to teach a student at their house to make sure I don’t get lost haha!

  35. Wow, there’s a lot more to Google maps than I realized. I’ll have to try to figure it all out – with the help of this post of course. Thanks.

  36. Google maps has a lot of nice features and seems to be improving at a quick pace. I like the offline maps because I get intermittent 3G service so I can’t always rely on having access to updated maps.

  37. Joanna says:

    I have started playing with the Google Contributions section on Google Maps a few months back. I find it very useful both for tourists and for businesses. I do agree that Google Maps is a great travel companion, especially that you can now use the maps offline too.

  38. I love using Google maps tough I hadn’t heard of the local guide feature … we mainly find benefit from the search along route feature and keeping on top of the traffic status where-ever we are. So many more functions than I realized though!

  39. Filipa says:

    This is definitely true. I also use Google maps as my local guide when I don’t know where the place is 🙂 Great article!

  40. Rachael says:

    These are great tips! I had no idea you could add stops to your directions! I’m definitely going to use that in future.

  41. Ami says:

    I am a huge huge user of Google maps and have been contributing fairly regularly. I love the way they keep upgrading and bettering their service. Glad you shared this piece so that all of us can contribute our bit.

  42. Google maps are definitely very helpful. It has many more features , I haven’t seen before. They are really helpful in guiding when traveling to different places.
    Thanks for sharing this informative post. I must try all these features soon.

  43. Offline Maps is one of my favorite features! It comes in so handy when you’re abroad and don’t want to use tons of mobile data. Looks like you had a very educational session with the Google India team!

  44. Samantha says:

    So many cool things you can do with Google Maps! Thanks for sharing these tips. I love that you can see the flow of traffic on the maps!

  45. Jim says:

    There is certainly a great deal to find out
    about this subject. I like all the points you have made.

  46. Great post! You mention some of Google Maps’ options I was totally unaware of…Thank you!

  47. Google maps are great! Offline maps have been a life saver for me many times.

  48. Joe says:

    Google Maps have become an indispenable part of my everyday life. And yes, the features are excellent! Sharing locations etc to find hidden gems certainly sound like the travellers’ best friend 🙂

  49. Kristina says:

    I had no idea Google Maps had all these elements! That’s really neat. The offline maps this is a GOD SEND! Wish Google Maps worked in Korea, I miss it!

  50. Luca says:

    I’m a Google Local Guide as well, it’s funny to participate and if everyone takes a little time to add some info to the app, the result is for sure a better experience for all the travelers and the people worldwide.

  51. I depend on Google Maps a lot! Sometimes, even when I’m just walking to a nearby shop, I still tend to use Google Maps for directions. I had no idea about the offline maps though! I should have used this in my previous travels!

  52. husband and i LOVE google maps. Though one needs to be a little aware of the directions, one can safely use it even in the strangest of places. a life saver, indeed!

  53. Ami says:

    I am already a Google local guide and I totally love the way the whole thing functions. It is nice to know how you can help people around you by contributing here. 🙂

  54. neha says:

    I really like the features listed out here. Although I use some of them and hence know they are super helpful, I have not used a few others like sharing locations. Will try them out

  55. Terri says:

    I love using google maps on my phone rather than the pre-installed maps app. I used it this past summer when driving from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon but we wanted to stop at the Hoover Dam along the way and was able to add it to our route so easily.

  56. Hra says:

    I am using Google maps every single day … Its so useful for travelers …:-) Thanks for sharing with us, great post

  57. Eugenia says:

    I didn’t know Google Maps is so multifunctional app! It’s amazing that it is possible to hire a cab and it works even offline! Very useful tool for those who travel a lot!

  58. Rhiannon says:

    Great post, thanks for sharing! I’ll be honest though, in my recent trip to India I found Google Maps to be a little hit and miss! For the most part it was great, although there were a lot of times where it had the names of my surrounding areas completely wrong, and routing me the completely wrong way. However, that was in more rural areas so I guess it can be forgiven!

  59. I wasn’t aware of all these features. I will be using the along the way feature today to find grocery stores for last minute pickups.

  60. Jhumki Nag says:

    Very very helpful information indeed. I was not are of few of the activities Google Maps can do before reading this. I will bbe surely using a few going forward. Thanks for sharing.

  61. Google Maps really has saved us a lot of times when traveling. Only issue is that it is not always up to date. Have been multiple times that we have tried to go somewhere that no longer exists. Luckily that is just a small percentage of the total times the app has been used. 🙂

  62. Jure says:

    Been using Google Maps in all sorts of ways for years now. Cant really imagine traveling without it. By far the most useful travel app in existence!

  63. It’s amazing how Google Maps have got the smallest of turns and narrowest of streets also on their database. It’s been about couple of years since I started using Google Maps. Initially there were a few hiccups as we had seen dead ends while Google Maps used to tell us to go ahead. Couldn’t have broken a wall or made my car do rock climbing as such.

    We’d also seen situations where Google would say take right, and then take right another right and we ended up in the same place again. :-p.

    But of late it has been a wonderful experience. I mean, to give you a heads up about traffic situation also is a real breakthrough superb breakthrough. It really helps. From my office to work there are 3 routes available. So I’ve been making it a point to check the traffic before leaving and it really helps. Being able to avoid that stressful traffic is blessing any day.

  64. On my last trip to Sri Lanka we decided to rent a car and Google Maps were a real life saving app. Since it was our first time in the country, we didn’t speak the language and the signs in the road weren’t that simple, the app took us were we wanted to go. I’m glad to know that it has a lot of other features. Can’t wait to try them out.

  65. Wow! Never knew that Google Maps could do all those. I only used to use it to find directions. Reading this post, now I’m more aware as to how I can use it to completely plan my road trips. Being a travelling motorbiker I think this app is a must from now on.

  66. I am amazed how Google is able to determine the traffic volume or density at any time. Not everyone would have enabled their GPS at all times, right?I am still searching for answers.

  67. Google maps is getting better and better. I like all the options and also the idea of contributing to help future travellers and local businesses. If everyone does this travelling is going to get so easy in the future.

  68. Well Google maps is definitely a must for every traveler. WE all love it. Nice post

  69. Thank you for your suggestions! So fantastic to learn all the distinct ways you can use these maps. For sure I didn’t use their entire potential. Really cool post.

  70. I hardly use Google Map except I am stuck in a traffic and lost in somewhere. Thanks to your post , Now I use it for my travel as well. Great post.

  71. Sia says:

    Some really helpful tips I admit I didn’t know about! The traffic allerts are really useful and can save you a lot of time. Sometimes they could be also tricky and scare you for no reason though.

  72. Philip says:

    Google maps is a great tool. I really hope they bring in features to it from Waze. Also they need to figure out better offline maps. I know that everywhere there is no connectivity. But having detailed maps is very useful.

  73. Google maps have been saving me for a while. I have explored a lot of places following the maps on my phone. The only thing you have to make sure is to charge the phone before leaving so that you do not run out of it at the wrong moment (This has happened to me too).