Imagine this – a dazzling pool that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Nearby, an outdoor ampitheater where you can watch the bright orange-red orb dunk into the night sky. It’s a stunning image – your internet browsing has yielded visual gold. You tell yourself, remember this place, you want to visit this some day….you might even add it to your hundreds of bookmarks.
Tomorrow you won’t be able to find it again.
Did you know that you can create custom maps with Google Maps? I have several, but my most favorite is my Bucket Travel Map. Every time I stumble across some amazing destination I quickly search the address and save it to my Travel Bucket Map within Google Maps. If you’re feeling organized or have a few moments to spare, you can even edit it to add a photo or website link. For me, this means I have an annotated, central map of all the amazing, wondrous places I stumble across while on my deep, dark, internetting holes.
My Travel Bucket List looks something like this (click “View Larger Map” below to see all my annotations on this map):
In the end, it’s pretty simple. Any time you have a location pop-up on Google Maps there’s this little selection, “Save to map”:
It will allow you to create a new map or save to an existing map. I have several maps saved up. My Travel Bucket List, The Places I Have Gone (obviously want to move as many from the first map to the second as possible), Niagara Wine Tour….to any vacation I could possibly plan or have been on. This is how I track the amazing places I see and find – so I can eventually go visit them. When I’m ready to plan my next exotic trip, I’ve already a road map all laid out.
So, what map are you going to make?