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How to Use Google Maps Offline During Your Trip

We. Love. Google. Maps. It’s the most useful app on your phone when traveling, especially when you’re exploring a place with little or no internet access. In this article we will walk you through the steps of downloading offline maps, creating map lists, and accessing our own collection of curated map lists.

Using Google Maps Offline While Traveling

Google Maps is a fantastic navigational tool, and it’s even more useful when traveling. You can save places in different lists, visualize walking routes, and download maps offline to avoid getting lost even without the internet. 

Of course, if there is information you absolutely need to have while traveling, you should write it down. Regardless of internet accessibility, for certain things like lodging addresses or guide contact info, you should always have a backup on the off chance that you lose your phone or run out of batteries. That said, Google Maps is a pretty foolproof tool for traveling anywhere that has limited internet access.

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Google Maps Offline Mode

The Google Maps app allows users to download areas of the map and store it on the phone, so when you are using google maps for those areas, you’ll see all levels of detail and essentially all of the labeling for roads, businesses, monuments, etc. It’s quite handy both for when you’re far away from cell reception or when traveling if you’ve set your phone up to avoid roaming charges, and find that wifi is not as plentiful as you hoped. 

Downloading Offline Maps

The basic steps of downloading maps offline in the Google Maps app are pretty simple. As you pick the area to download, one thing to consider is size—if storage on your phone is an issue you can zoom in to reduce the amount of data downloaded, saving your phone’s storage space. 

Saving Places to Google Map Lists 

The Google Maps app allows users to place pins on certain map locations with a feature called “Lists”. These pins save to your phone and are viewable in offline mode. Creating a list of pins with activities on your itinerary ahead of your trip will make it easier to navigate from place to place during your travels. 

Map lists can be kept private or shared, so if you’re traveling with a group, it’s easy for everyone to use the same map. You can also invite friends to edit to make planning collaborative. 

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Free, Curated Maps

Our team keeps a meticulously curated and constantly expanding collection of map lists for different travel locations. Our map lists are organized by category—if you’re looking for an easy way to find top restaurants, for example, without  having to search the web and create your own list, just use ours! Our maps help you jumpstart your planning with curated lists for architecture, art, music, kid friendly activities, and even touristy places, so you can find your interests and know what to expect. 

Other Planning Resources from CAYOS Travel 

Our team is committed to helping travelers plan better trips. In addition to our curated maps, we offer planning sessions via phone, as well as customized itineraries to your travel preferences. 

Bonus: More Navigational Tips

Take Screenshots: When traveling, you never know when your phone will be able to connect to wifi or cell reception. It’s always a good idea to take screenshots for quick, foolproof access to phone numbers, addresses, maps, confirmation numbers, etc.  

Save As You Go: When perusing maps ahead of your trip, make it a habit to save locations as you explore. Chances are you’ll want to refer to them later, and if you have them saved it will make it easier to find them later. 

Save Multiple Map Lists: If you have lots of places saved in a map list, dont be afraid to make multiple lists separated by theme. 

Find Like Minded Travelers: When searching Google’s reviews, if you see a reviewer who you like or leaves helpful, detailed reviews, check out what other places they have reviewed to see if you might like those places as well. 

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