If like me you’re the organised type who prefers to plan out each and every trip, then you’re probably already using My Maps on Google. But if not, here’s a quick guide to the tool that changed the way I travel.
So you’re familiar with Google Maps, right? This is basically an extension of that which allows you to pin point your own destinations on a map. By doing this, you can plan a route for your next city break, or a few key hot spots for your next long-haul adventure.
There are two ways of accessing My Maps, the first (quickest and easiest) way being via this web link: https://www.google.com/maps/d/.
Option two is as follows:
I can’t see a way to build a map on the Google Maps app, so you’re best to build them on the Google maps website (ideally on desktop/iPad and not mobile for ease of use), and then view the final map on the Google Maps app during your trip.
My Maps app view: the best way to see your completed maps on the go
Now for the fun stuff. Pinning your places and being able to organise them in whatever way suits you is going to make your trip organisation ten times easier. I find this especially useful for city breaks when we want to cram as much in as we can.
Here’s how to set up your first map. Note: there’s no need to save as all changes are saved as you go.
Tip: you can also click the pin icon in the top bar to drop a pin on a location without the need to search for it. If you do this, there’s no need to follow step 5!
My Maps website view: creating a new map
My Maps website view: your completed map (showing two different base map options)
If you want to share your snazzy new map with others who’re going on the trip with you, just click the ‘Share’ button with the person icon and choose between:
And there we have it! It’s as simple as that. I hope this guide helps you plan a killer itinerary for your next trip.
As an example of how these maps work, check out my 3-day Paris itinerary.
Have you used My Maps before? What other tools do you love using for planning trips?