All right. Be honest? Do you still have paper maps? Or do you use a GPS device or navigation on your phone? No judgement here…
I am a die hard cell phone navigator at home. But, I adore paper maps when I am traveling. I find them more reliable and interesting than device navigation. I can follow along the map as we drive noting everything I am passing along the way.
Numerous times I have used the map to determine where our next unplanned stop with be. My brothers and husband can attest to my forcing them to stop at every archaeological place of interest in the whole of Ireland “just to see what’s there.”
I brought along what was later coined “the Super Map” to Ireland the first time I went in 1999. This map has traveled with me every time I have gone there marking every road I have driven or walked on. It has helped enrich my trips and reference where I have been to and where I have yet to journey. It is now as much of a souvenir as anything else I brought home with me.
In France I brought another paper map which helped guide us in driving through the entire country. The map is a little worse for the wear being torn and folded and even used as a napkin from time to time.
How do you get around when traveling locally or internationally?