Running errands? Google Maps.
Looking for a friend's house? Google Maps.
Planning a trip? Google Maps.
I find that they are an incredibly useful tool to organize information in addition to helping me navigate from Albuquerque to Zambia. And you can make them either public -- which means other people can search the information on your map -- or private -- you can share it with others, but they have to be invited. I create both kinds. For example, during Cruise Week, I had more recommendations to make than I could include in one week of blogging, so I added other restaurants and places to visit on the Cruise Week map. That map was public -- and viewers can even make comments on the map as they use it.
The same is true for the new Rome's Angels & Demons: the Insider's Guide Map. The free ebook (download your copy here) has a map with the primary locations marked, but you should also check out the new Google map where every location mentioned in the book is also located on the map. All of Rome's obelisks? Check the map. That spot where Raphael and his lover were caught in fragrante delicto? Check the map. All four Altars of Science? Check the map! There are more than 30 Angels & Demons-related locations in all.
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I am gearing up for a 2-week trip to Ireland in June, and you can bet I'll be including Google maps when I am blogging about that trip as well. Right now my Ireland maps are private. I am plotting my hotels and planning daily itineraries for my travels, but when I start to blog about the trip, some of those maps will become public and part of my blog posts as well.
So, how do you use Google Maps at home and when you are traveling?
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