Finding Your Way Around on Group Travel

When travelling with a group overseas, you will use different information sources such as maps and other devices not only to help you locate where you are, but to provide a summary about that location.  It is not so much a matter of finding the right devices but of learning how and when to use them, and where to find them.

Traditional Paper Maps

It is not just the aesthetic nature of maps that make them a valuable item for your group to carry with them.  Unlike a “refedex” they fold up easily and will fit into a handbag or back pocket. They do not need to be “charged” and cost all most nothing to replace if you lose them.  The humble map is the most essential of all directional devices, and they make great souveniers when your tour arrives home.  Groups can mull over a map in a way that they cannot do when using a GPS or mobile phone.

GPS  (Speaks Your Language)

The GPS can tell you the directions in your own language. This makes the simple GPS well worth the investment.   They are cost effective and easily transported.  If you are travelling by bus and hire car, a GPS will direct and explain directional nuances as you drive in your preferred language.

A GPS speaks your language!

A GPS speaks your language!

Google Maps

Sometimes we forget how easy it is to just “Google It” when you are lost use the Internet   Out on the road is the time when the mobile or an iPhone comes in handy.  It is hard to plan a journey with a small device, but it sure is handy to have a way to check facts as you move about.

Information kiosks and centres are common in popular destinations.

Information kiosks and centres are common in popular destinations.

Travel Brochure, Info Centres and Kiosks

(i) stands for information, and it is at information kiosks that travelers can find maps, travel brochures, books about the locale and souveniers.  It might be wise to make these local information spaces the first port of call when travelling.  Here, you may find that the attendee speaks English and can guide you to the relevant information sources.

Information Centres can be a godsend!

Information Centres can be a godsend!