Travelling with a custom Google Map and using it offline!

I’m not too sure what’s going on but all my posts of recent times have been travel related. Probably the most important thing in life right?!

On a recent trip to New York @wintera and I found this awesome way to plan the places you want to eat, drink, visit or stay using a Google Maps service called My Maps (formerly Maps Engine).

After we had made the map we realised that it didn’t load terribly well on our iPad or phones so I went searching for an native iOS app. Google do not make one, but a 3rd party developer does, and its quite good. Its called ‘MapsEngine Viewer‘. There is also a native Android app made by Google.

The way we used it was to research and load all our pins while we had wifi and a nice big web browser (before and during the trip). You can add your own descriptions (opening hours etc) and change the pin icons to help order the information. You then log into your Google account within the app and your custom map loads. All your pins are searchable; your notes / descriptions are available offline; and you can download the map tiles so you can navigate with the phones GPS only offline. It even lets you choose to use Apple or Google map tiles!

Checkout our NYC map here…

Here is my top 5 things that we did on our trip if the map is all too much!

  1. Central Park free bike tour
  2. Bushwick graffiti tour
  3. New York Public Library Main Branch
  4. Met rooftop
  5. Tenement Museum

Oh, and a food top 5:

  1. Eleven Madison Park
  2. Katz’s Delicatessen
  3. Grand Central Oyster Bar
  4. Ed’s Lobster Bar
  5. Freemans

And finally a coffee top 5:
(Don’t let anyone tell you all coffee in NYC is crap. Highly recommend ordering a cortado too.)

  1. Happy Bones
  2. Little Collins
  3. Cafe Grumpy
  4. Bakeri
  5. La Colombe

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