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3 free GPS Apps to guide you on your trips

Given the success of the GPS article for hiking and the map deapps we have decided to talk about one of our best tricks when it comes to guiding us on each trip, the use of GPS apps where you can plan anddownload offline maps with the route or points of interest you want to visit. From this moment on, the planning of each trip will not be the same, since we will teach you how to design your itinerary in the 3 best GPS apps. The best thing is that the download of maps is free!


GPS apps

Why use a GPS app on your trips?

The very simple answer, not to get lost and to gain time, a lot of time. With an app of this type you will be able to:

  • Reach the sites by walking or by car without losing yourself, stopping and even planning better
  • Save data from your mobile, since maps are downloaded to the mobile
  • You will be able to save the places you want to see on the PC / MAC and then see them on your mobile, all in a very simple way
  • Nobody speaks your language, don't worry, you won't have to ask. Everything will be very simple for you!
  • Know the taxi route, so that they don't rip you off or take you to unexpected places
  • If you are disoriented, such as when you leave a subway station that you do not know, know where to walk

What can you do with them?

We will give an example and as a scenario we will use the city of Moscow. Imagine that you have three or four days and want to see the main museums, eat in the odd fashion restaurant, visit several shopping centers or see the main monuments. Once you are sure what places you would like to know, you go to the web of any of the three GPS apps that we present to you and search these places. On the website of Here or Google Maps, once authenticated with your user, you can mark those places of interest so that they later appear in the mobile highlights. Also, with the mobile app, you can download the map and move around Madrid without having to use mobile data. On this map will appearthe points you stored on your computer and you can even tell the application to guide you to any of them. With this, it is practically impossible to lose yourself, don't you think?


Moscow - Red Square

Our 3 favorite GPS apps

1 Maps

Maps is one of the best map applications for Windows 10 Mobile. It is a fantastic application, with the most accurate maps in both 2D and 3D routes. It is a serious competition to Google Maps, I would say even better, since it gives you the possibility to take your Offline maps, without the need for 3G / 4G, on your mobile, so you will not consume data.

You can create collections of waypoints or points of interest in Bing Maps and these will automatically appear on your mobile. For example, on our last trip to Russia we designed the trip on the web, saving the interesting places and downloading both the Moscow and the St. Petersburg maps on mobile. Once there, without the need for roaming or data, we could walk without fear of getting lost and the best, we always knew what places we had nearby interesting.


Here for web

Available systems

  • Windows Phone

Highlight

  • Be able to download the Offline maps
  • Routeable maps in 2D and 3D
  • Be able to create waypoints on your computer
  • Cartography of the whole world

2 Maps.me

More than 10 million downloads give ample credit to the application of Maps.me. The maps are based on Open Street Map, maps that in many are better detailed than those of Google. These maps are fed daily and updated by users, so they have very updated information and therefore much detail.

The Maps.me interface is the simplest. Can download the map of any country in the world, find streets and can even guide you to the destination you choose. You can also share your routes, your points of interest with your friends or even export them so you can see them in Google Earth. What we like most is its interface, simple and very clean, why we want more.

The only disadvantage we see is that there is no web version, so to save your waypoints and plan a visit you will have to do it from your tablet or from your mobile, not from the PC.


Maps Me with our Moscow waypoints

Available systems

  • IOS
  • Android

Highlight

  • Be able to download the Offline maps
  • Simple and easy to use
  • You cannot create waypoints on your computer, but on your mobile or tablet
  • Mapping on many occasions better than Here or Google Maps. Very rich in content

3 Google Maps

The classic of the classics adapts, and for some time now it is possible to download the maps on the mobile, a great step for the Google guys. Although unfortunately still not available for Windows Phone users if it is from the beginning for IOS and for Android, with the same features of Here.

We know all Google Maps, but not everyone uses them properly. As in the case of Here, you can define routes and mark waypoints so that they later appear on the mobile.


Google Maps

Available systems

  • IOS
  • Android

Highlight

  • Recently you can save maps on your mobile
  • Routeable maps in 2D and 3D
  • Be able to create waypoints on your computer
  • With Here, it is possibly the best cartography in the world

 

There are currently many more GPS apps, but of the same quality? Can you think of any more?