If you think Google maps is good only for locating your immediate whereabouts and locating a part of the world you never knew about, you’re wrong.
Google maps is your best friend for planning your travels – more specifically, plan travel routes.
If you’re looking for a Google map trip planner to plan a road trip on Google Maps, this post will guide you step by step on how to plan a trip in Google Maps easily.
Many do not know about this feature on Google Maps where you can:
- Create an itinerary in Google Maps
- Create a map with bookmarked pins
- Add descriptions to your bookmarks
- Plan your routes with accurate distance and duration
- Share the map with your friends to let them contribute
- Print your map
After I learned how to create my own maps on Google Maps in 3 simple steps and pin bookmarks, I never stopped using it in all my other travel planning, especially for my Jeju family trip, when I went cafe-hopping in Bali, and even during our complicated South-East Hokkaido road trip.
It has plenty of features that makes your map everything you ever need when you visit a foreign city. So I thought I would share with you this really useful feature on Google Maps so you can benefit too!
With the ‘Share‘ feature, I was also able to rope in my New Zealand road trip buddies while doing my travel planning on Google Maps to input their bookmarks and contribute to planning a road trip on Google Maps, with multiple stops.
Damn, you can even print your map.
This step-by-step guide will show you just how simple it is to make your very own Google Maps itinerary.
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- How to plan a road trip on Google Maps
- Step 1
- Step 2
- Step 3
- Feature 1: Add descriptions for each landmark you’ve bookmarked.
- Feature 2: View the list of pins and descriptions in an organized spreadsheet.
- Feature 3: Colour code your pins according to different categories.
- Feature 4: Find directions from Point A to B.
- Feature 5: Delete a pin.
- Feature 6: Create different layers for when you want to create different maps and want to show/ hide certain groups of destinations.
- Feature 7: Share your map with your trip friends so they can view your itinerary and contribute too!
- Feature 8: Print your map for ease of convenience when you’re on the go.
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How to plan a road trip on Google Maps
Do you already have a destination in mind? GREAT. Read on then.
If not, head to my Destinations tab and you can be inspired from there.
Follow the 3 steps (only 3!) and you’ll be on your way to planning your own Google travel maps.
Go to Google Maps.
To create an itinerary, click ‘Menu’ on the top left button > click ‘Your Places’ > click ‘Maps’ on the 4th tab > click ‘Create Map’.
Search your destination on the search bar > click ‘Add to map’ on the bottom left of the pop up on the map, and the destination goes to an Untitled layer on the left side.
While planning your travel map, there are several additional features to make your map more informative.
Feature 1: Add descriptions for each landmark you’ve bookmarked.
It will appear under the title of your pin.
How: Click on the pin that you have bookmarked > Click ‘Edit’ at the bottom of the pop up.
Feature 2: View the list of pins and descriptions in an organized spreadsheet.
You can choose to copy this into your own spreadsheet and print it out for easy reference when you are on the go.
How: At the top of your layer on the left panel, click on the 3 grey dots on the side > Click ‘Open data table’.
Feature 3: Colour code your pins according to different categories.
How: Click on the pin that you have bookmarked > Click ‘Style’ at the bottom of the pop up.
Feature 4: Find directions from Point A to B.
How: Click on the pin that you have bookmarked > Click the 4th icon, ‘Directions to here’ at the bottom of the pop up. Input your start/ end point.
Feature 5: Delete a pin.
How: Click on the pin that you have bookmarked > Click the 5th icon, ‘Delete feature’ at the bottom of the pop up.
Feature 6: Create different layers for when you want to create different maps and want to show/ hide certain groups of destinations.
This is useful if you want to have a separate itinerary daily and have your map looking more organized.
How: Click ‘Add layer’ on the left panel, under your map title.
How: Click ‘Share’ on the left panel, under your map title.
Feature 8: Print your map for ease of convenience when you’re on the go.
How: Beside your map title on the left panel, click on the 3 grey dots on the side > click ‘Print map’.
You can use Google Maps to plan your trip with multiple stops along the way.
You can make use of this Google itinerary map maker to see at a glance how far each attraction is from the next by creating map with pins. This can help you plan which attraction should be done together in a day and which others should be done on another day.
Isn’t this Google Maps trip planner method such a deal?! With this virtual Google travel map, you can access your Google Maps itinerary anytime, anywhere!
In my next post, I share how you can export your Google maps to your PHONE and use it OFFLINE. I was blown away when I found out of this feature. Never again do I have to input these bookmarks manually on any phone apps.
Got your attractions locked in? Great! Now, it’s time to check off some important things on this pre-travel checklist before you leave for your big trip!
P.S. Don’t forget to pack these travel essentials too! They truly are a life-saver when it comes to packing everything into a luggage.