May 31, 2023

Google Travel Tips | Google Maps Tips for Travel + Shared Google Maps

Published May 16, 2023, 10:20 p.m. by Violet Harris

Looking to travel the world using google maps? Here are some tips to help you get the most out of this amazing tool!

1. Plan your route.

Before you head out on your trip, take some time to plan your route using google maps. This will help you avoid getting lost and will also allow you to see what attractions are located along the way.

2. Download offline maps.

If you're going to be traveling without an internet connection, make sure to download offline maps of your destination before you leave. That way, you'll still be able to access google maps even if you can't get online.

3. Share your location.

If you're traveling with others, it can be helpful to share your location with them using google maps. That way, they'll always know where you are and can come to find you if you get separated.

4. Find your way around.

Not sure how to get to your hotel or the nearest restaurant? google maps can help you out! Just type in where you want to go and it will give you directions.

5. Get traffic updates.

Before you start your journey, check to see if there are any traffic delays along your route. If there are, you can use google maps to find an alternate route that will get you to your destination faster.

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Planning for a trip is important, but just as important as planning is being prepared

when you’re actually on the trip.


That’s why I’m pleased to welcome you to the first installment of my Google Travel

Tips series.

In this video, we’ll cover all the best Google Maps tips for travel, including how

to create shared Google Maps.

Hey friends, I’m Tasia, and welcome back to my YouTube Channel where I share tech tips,

apps, reviews, and a ton of Google tips.

Are you ready to explore the best Google Maps tips for travel?

Then let’s go!

We’re going to cover helpful Google Maps search functionalities, how to share your

location, how to save your parking spot, hailing a ride, different route options, how to download

maps for offline navigation, plus, we’ll cover how to create shared Google Maps with

Google My Maps.

Whew, we’ve got a lot to cover!

So first let’s start with planning your trip.

There are a couple of things you can do in advance of your travel to make things much


Number 1: Get familiar with your route options.

This is a web and mobile tip, and it’s a great one for planning a road trip.

From, after pulling your directions, tap on options underneath the destination.

Here, you can choose to avoid highways, toll roads, and ferries.

This is really helpful if you don’t want to rack up a huge bill on the toll roads!

Now, something else cool about these web features is that you can also adjust the distance units

too - so if you’re already on your trip and that country uses km, you can switch to

that mode for better accuracy.

And like I said, some of these route options can be done from your maps app on mobile device

as well.

This time, you’d tap the menu icon and select your route options.

Tip number 2 when it comes to planning a trip is to create shared Google Maps.

This is not sharing your location - which I’ll get to later, but rather sharing entire


For this, you’ll use Google My Maps.

It’s really easy - here’s how to do it.

The first thing you’ll do is head to and if you’re not logged into your Google

account already, you’ll be prompted to do so.

Now you can see I already have a couple of shared maps created here, but it’s really

easy to create your own custom shared Google Map.

So click on ‘create a new map’, and from here, make sure you title your map.

So, if you’re planning your trip to Florence, Italy, you could make that your title.

Then, add a little description if you like and click save.

Now, in the search bar at the top, type in the name of the city you’re going to go

to and hit enter to bring that map up.

Now here’s where things get fun!

We still have this untitled layer here - which is the map as we see it right now, so you

could name the layer the city name, or points of interest, or however, you want to organize


With this layer selected, using the hand tool, we’ll move around and zoom in, and when

we find a place we want to drop a pin on, we’ll switch to the ‘add marker’ option

and click to drop the pin.

Rename your marker to keep things organized.

You can do this for any place of interest by the way, a restaurant, museum, whatever.

To keep things super organized, I recommend clicking the paint bucket and selecting an

icon that best describes the location you’re pinning.

You can also change the color of the marker here too.

So, once you have an entire map full of all your points of interest, it’s time to share


This is why this is so important for planning a trip.

You could share this custom map with those you’re traveling with, you could share it

with family back home so they know where you’ll be traveling to and your rough itinerary,

and you can even create maps like this and share it with friends who are traveling to

your favorite city - what a great way to share the best things to do in any given city in

an interactive way.

So, once your map has all the points of interest your heart could desire, simply click the

share icon, and in this popup, you’ll have the option to email it directly to your contacts

or share it via a link.

It’s really that simple!

So now that the planning is done, it’s time to actually take the trip, and luckily there

are so many great Google Maps features to help your planned travel go smoothly.

Tip number 3: Search for needs, not addresses.

Did you know you don’t just have to search addresses in Google Maps?

You can search for a need.

It’s true!

So if you’re visiting somewhere and want to see all the grocery stores or restaurants

or coffee shops, or gift shops, you can either select the icon from the left-hand side of

the map, or you can just type that in the search bar, and hit the search icon and look

at that, you’ve got dropped pins on all the coffee shops near you, as well as a list

on the left-hand side.

If you click on one, the panel on the left will change to display the business info for

that dropped pin.

Now, these next few tips are for mobile app pleasure.

Tip number 4: Save your parking location.

Yes, please.

A handy Google Maps feature indeed.

To save your parking spot, just tap your blue location icon on the map.

Then select, set as parking location.

Now look, Google Maps displays that you are parked near here.

Never forget your parking spot again!

So what if you’re not driving and you need to hail a ride instead?

Well, enter tip number 5: hail a ride directly from your Google maps app.

When you input a destination, scroll the transit options underneath and select the icon that

looks like a figure hailing a ride.

Google will tell you the different ride-sharing services supported and how long of a wait

for each one, as well as the price.

I love a good safety tip and tip number 6 is to share your location with someone else.

Tap your location dot on the map and select ‘share your location’.

You’ll have the option to share for a set amount of time, or until you manually turn

it off.

Your location is then stored in a viewable link you can share in multiple different ways

- like w contacts, via a messenger service, or email.

If you share with a friend that you’re meeting, they’ll be able to see your location and

then share theirs as well, so you both can see where each other are on the map.

Not only will you share your location, but it’s going to show your battery percentage

as well.

You can also drop a pin somewhere on a map that you want to meet someone, or let someone

know you’ll be at that spot later.

Just tap and hold on the map and you’ll drop a red pin.

Then on the bottom, select the share option to share the dropped pin location with someone.


Love it!

And finally, we come to tip number 7: Download your Google Maps for offline navigation.

That’s right, no wifi or data, no problem.

This is the number one most handy feature for when I’m traveling.

So, from the city you’re in, or you will be traveling to next, select the menu icon,

then just tap ‘download offline map’.

If you want the full tutorial on downloading offline maps you can click here or watch the

video linked below.

Remember, this is just the first installment of a whole series of Google Travel tips I’ll

be putting together for you.

If you have any specific google travel tip questions, don’t hesitate to ask in the

comments below.

So what are your favorite Google Maps tips for travel?

Let me know in the comments below.

As always, thanks so much for watching, if you liked this video, I want to know so give

it a like, a share or leave that comment below.

You can click right about here to subscribe to my channel and right here and here for

more Google Maps videos.

See ya next time!


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