My nephew asked me how to use Google Maps to show direction to a place. These are my explanations to him in my dream this time:
Open Maps application on your smartphone
Type the name of the place you want to go on the search textbox
Change your smartphone direction around until the blue ray points at that place on the map
If the direction is correct already, next you can simply walk to the direction of your smartphone
I explained it while practicing it so that he could see and understand. Then, I asked him to try it himself. I observed him and he managed to do it as I taught. Then my nephew said farewell because he wanted to practice it with his mom, dad and siblings.
I am really thankful for Google Maps. While I was on vacation abroad with my husband, I had never dealt with the problem of how to walk from one place to another place. My husband was the one who always directed our walk because he’s the one who looked at Google Maps to find out which direction should we take. I trusted my husband and that’s right, he could direct properly so we didn’t get lost. Our backpacking vacations felt so fun and comfortable because of Google Maps. We could find any location and how to go there.
When I took my mother-in-law on vacation abroad, I started to worry because I had never used Google Maps before. How can I find out which way should I take to reach a particular place? Before me and my mother-in-law departed, my husband taught me how to use Google Maps and I practiced it. It turned out to be very easy. I finally calmed down, and when I went to Kuching, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, I could find the way correctly.
Google Maps really helped us a lot. When we got out of MRT station and wanted to go to a particular place, I didn’t know whether I should walk to the left, right, front or back. But with Google Maps, I could simply point my smartphone around until the blue ray on the map pointed at the place that I wanted. After that, I asked mother-in-law to walk with me according to the direction of my phone. It’s very accurate. Thank you, Google, for giving us this easiness.
While we were on vacation on Singapore, I always used MRT and buses. Whenever we got off MRT or buses, I was helped by Google Maps to find direction.
I bought two Singapore Tourist Pass, which costed 8 SGD a day and could be used without limitation. So, we could get on and get off MRT and buses freely all day. Oh, the maximum days of using STP was only three days. We were there for three days, so each of us needed to spend 24 SGD. Other than that, there was also a 10 SGD deposit cost, which we could obtain back if we returned the card after we were done with it. The limit for returning these cards was five days after the last usage. If we didn’t return them, these cards would function as an ordinary e-money cards which can be refilled and reused. But we wouldn’t get the 10 SGD deposit money back if we did that. So, we should better return these cards and get back our deposit money.
When we were at Kuala Lumpur, we used Go KL buses more because we didn’t need to pay. They are FREE. After we got off from buses, we used Google Maps to find direction again. But when we wanted to go to faraway places such as Batu Cave, airport and Genting, we bought tickets at KL Sentral.
When we were at Kuching, we always used Grab to carry us to places we wanted to go. At Kuching, public transportation such as buses were inconvenient, so it’s better to use Grab. The fee was quite affordable. I seldom used Google Maps when we were at Kuching. I used it two times only, when we walked to Kuching Waterfront and back to hotel. We walked because it’s not far from the hotel that we stayed in.
The point is, me and my mother-in-law’s journey was assisted a lot by Google Maps. Thank you, Google Maps.
Author: Su Santi
A teacher and a housewife who dreams a lot. Loves reading and writing.