Whenever you’re traveling by vehicle, hiking or just wondering in a new city, it’s mandatory to pack a pair of shoes, but for me it’s more important to have a reliable GPS app to show you the way around, especially if you’re visiting a new place where locals don’t speak your languages. This is why I thought about writing an article about Travel Navigation Apps.
Today’s post is about the best GPS apps any traveler should have, make sure to try those apps in your own city, in other words locally. Then scale it and pick the one that works the best for you.
I personally try the navigation app locally, then I increase the navigation diameter by traveling less than 50 km in another city that I didn’t visit before; all this to make sure that the mentioned features work and the app is really something I can count on.
Keep in mind that you need to download the map before visiting your destination, it requires a lot of storage space on your device, but you can only download an area of interest and not the whole city map. Another thing to consider, the cached maps expires in 30 days, so make sure to update/download the maps just before hitting the road.
When traveling to a less-visited place or destination, Google Maps directions aren’t guaranteed, you can get lost easily, especially if you’re navigating offline. Google Maps works great using the internet, so when traveling it can be really expensive using data roaming, better to try an alternative if you’re looking for a free navigation app that provides free features where no data needed.
In conclusion, Google Maps is pretty useful when traveling abroad, it makes transportation something you’ll enjoy.
Maps.Me has its own cartographic mapping system, something that other navigation apps don’t, it stand out for various features that I can shorten here:
Also, Maps.me tend to progress and update the maps every 2-4 weeks, by including new places and recommendations, the features also get updated every now and then.
After installing Maps.ME you should consider connecting via Wi-Fi (prior to your travel preferably) and download the desired maps, the app is designed to work offline, so without maps, you can’t go anywhere.
One of the best features in Maps.me, it doesn’t require a lot of data storage on your phone, with less than 200 MB you can install the app with several maps and hit the road.
For example, and compared to Google Maps, the New York map on Maps.ME will require only 71 MB, when o Google Maps it’s more than 280 MB, do the math.
On Maps.ME you can get something special, buildings are marked with street numbers, roads have both official names and local names. So it’s something you really need when traveling and trying to find a specific location.
Another great feature (personally I use this one a lot) is local places, on Maps.ME you’ll be able to find non-touristy locations and things to do in your destination, some streets are already marked as Sightseeing, and other hidden gems were added by locals and tourist just like you.
So the only thing you need to do, go and bookmark those places and POIs for your next trip. You can also import, export or share the bookmarks you made with friends or send via email.
Let’s take a look at those most common questions asked by travelers when looking for the best travel navigation apps:
The best GPS app that provides details about restaurants and the how to find a good place to eat is Google Maps, with so much information about food places nearby, you can choose the best restaurant based on your budget or health style.
Any traveler will prepare a plan for transportation when in the city, but can’t make sure every plan works a 100%, sometimes you need to improvise and find alternatives,
So the best app to help you choose which public transit will be Google Maps as it provides a lot of data and information regarding Metros, Subways, Trains, and Buses. Also provides good rate if you’re willing to book a cab or try to use Uber services.
If you’re visiting a country where bicycles is widely used, like Amsterdam for example, you’ll need to install Maps.ME on your phone, it shows all bicycles’ routes and maps. This can be really helpful to save time when wondering a new city by bicycle.
Most hikers have a GPS on their smart watch, so the best app for outdoors travel will be Maps.ME as it can be easily installed and configured on both phones and Wear OS.