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You Can Save Google Maps Directions Offline!

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When asked to name my favorite travel apps, my list is sure to include TripIt, AwardWallet and Currency. Another app that I will usually mention is one that isn’t just for travel, it’s used by many everyday.

Google Maps is such a useful app that I haven’t turned my regular GPS on in years besides the times I borrowed a map chip to use it around Europe and during our trip to the Middle East Gulf States.

In May of 2014 I wrote about some intereting Google Maps app updates.

I just came across some news of a new feature from the Google Maps app which can benefit us when we don’t have an internet connection. Continue reading You Can Save Google Maps Directions Offline!

Some Interesting Google Maps App Updates


Considering how bad my sense of direction can be, I used to get lots of use out of my Garmin GPS. However, I haven’t had much need to turn it on over the past few years. Besides using it during our Quick Euro-Roadtrip (back in February), I can’t remember the last time that I’ve actually powered my Garmin on!

If you put aside the slow response from the touch screen and long waits for finding satellites, my Garmin works just fine.

The thing is, I found a much easier and more convenient GPS- the Google Maps app on my iPhone. (The Google Maps app is also available for Android.)

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7 Apps To Tackle In-Flight Boredom


I’m not a big user of apps or games on my phone but there are a few that I do get lots of use out of.

When traveling, I find TripIt and Currency to be extremely useful. TripIt is also essential when planning trips. I also get lots of use out of AwardWallet which is great for keeping track of all of those easy to forget frequent flyer account #s and passwords.

During flights I’ll use my phone for a few minutes here and there to kill some time. If I have wifi, I’ll usually just surf the web. When I don’t have wifi, which happens to be the majority of the time I might play (the free versions) of Temple Run or the puzzle game KaGlom for 5-10 minutes to pass a little time during the flight.

Thanks to a USA Today article that I recently came across, I now have some new apps to consider using to stay busy and maybe even be a bit more productive during flights.

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NY Times: (Travel) Apps To Smooth Your Journey

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The New York Times Travel Section has an interesting post about apps that can help make traveling a bit easier. I’m always on the look out for good travel apps  and I think that there are some useful ones mentioned here by the Times.

Here is the list:

TV Food Maps: A Great Resource

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I recently added a new link to the Travel Resources list of Michael W Travels. The link is for a website that I find to be extremely useful and something that I seem to be using all of the time.

I find food to be a huge part of travel. I love trying local foods, visiting old restaurants and checking out places featured on the travel/ food/ restaurant shows. Most of these shows air on Food Network and Travel Channel.

TV Food Maps is an incredible resource that helps you find places featured on those travel- food shows. You can check them out online or use the even more useful mobile apps. Apps are available for Android, iPhone and iPad.

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