City maps

Every time you start preparing your trip, you probably head to the book store to search for some guides and maps because you get more engaged and you want to get a better idea of where you’re going. Sometimes it means getting a little bit further from that dreamy outlook that you had when you decided to travel to that destination. You start planning more specific things, finding sights, restaurants, museums on the map, trying to figure out transportation etc. Some of us buy a guide and ignore the bad map in the guide saying “We won’t get lost, we have travelled before and we were just fine…” or “Why would we need a map? We don’t plan, we like to wander around more…” That’s all great, and you definitely won’t get lost, you can wander all you want but you start changing your opinion when you are at your destination or when you come back home and realize you haven’t seen anything or done much.

It’s about time management. What does that mean??


Some of you may have bought a city map. One of those pretty, colourfull, rainproof paper maps with some information on the side that at first looks¬† “cool”, but later you find it to be just an attraction factor, nothing useful. The thing is, it’s not easy to know what you should be looking for if you are not an experienced traveller; or if you don’t know much about the place you’re going to. These maps start to loose their charm once you search for a street that is not marked, once you are having trouble folding and unfolding that huge map, or when you really wish you knew where your stations and stops were or how to get to where you want to go.

If you’re like me, you probably thought of downloading and printing out public transportation maps from the net. That might be a good idea if you already bought your guides and maps. The tricky part comes when you’re on the spot, trying to find the map you need :D Just kidding… but if you don’t like a million papers, go for National Geographic Maps of cities. Except the city map, they include:

- regional map florence-map-2florence-back-side-2

- points of interest

- airport diagram

- public transportation map

There are things you should find by yourself and mark them on your map such as stores, restaurants, bars, hotels, museums and sites you want to visit. And things that you should get marked like public transportation information, all sights, legend, time maps and useful phone numbers.

Stella – European Travelling Advisor

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3 Responses to “City maps”

  1. December 15, 2008 at 8:44 am

    We would have never known that National Geographic made maps. They are very detailed and informative of the cities attarctions. From the look of it we would prefer this kind of map over the others. Thanks for sharing.

    Many Blessings….
    Hugo and Roxanne

  2. December 16, 2008 at 9:22 am

    I remember when I was traveling in Maui, my head was stuck in a map and I truly missed out on some of the most Beautiful sites on the island. Since then, I have chosen not to use maps when traveling. But you do make an excellent point….when travelling, it truly is about time management. Planning our vacations ahead of time and dotting all the points of interest will make sure we enjoy every bit our experience. Great Idea to include public transportation info and important phone numbers!! Thanks for referring us to a great place to get maps. Didn’t know National Geographics provided them.

    Hope you’re having a fantastic week!!

    Many Blessings….
    Roxanne and Hugo
    ~ Believe Achieve ~

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  3. 3 Stella Stopfer
    January 5, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Hi Hugo & Roxanne,

    I totally agree that looking at the map all the time can actually make you miss out on your vacation. You never stop looking where places are, how to get there, you try to memorize every single street…it can get pretty crazy :D
    But, what I always do is use it to plan my trip in advance. I don’t believe any city is too big that you could get lost or wander around and not see anything. You can always get a sense of orientation wherever you go very quickly. I use maps to kind of divide a city in parts/areas to know what to look for when I’m there or to “plan” my days in advance…today I’m probably going to see that, tomorrow I’ll go there… But when I’m on the spot, I don’t use maps unless I’m not searching for a specific restaurant or a gallery that I can’t find otherwise.

    Always great to see you on my blog. Thanks for your comments and sharing your experience!

    Stella – European Travelling Advisor

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