I happened upon the coolest little store the other day, the Blind Willow Bookshop in Emmaus, PA. A used bookseller, it was filled with some really interesting & niche non-fiction genres that kept me browsing for almost an hour. Perusing each shelf high & low, I happened upon a box of vintage maps and it made me think back to a time where there was no other choice but to use one of these to get from point A to point B. And remember the AAA triptiks? Map sized pages bound together at the top, displaying turn by turn directions…
I can’t even remember the last time I used a paper map to get somewhere as I’ve mostly been relying on GPS. I didn’t travel when I was young except once or twice to the sea shore a few hours away. Spreading out a big map to look at the world, it was foreign to me to look at even the next state over.
While there might be a paper state map around here somewhere, I do like to use Google Maps to look things up online – I think it’s fun, especially to zoom down street level and “walk around.” I did that prior to visiting Karen at Exaclair headquarters in NYC so I knew where I was going.
Do you still use a paper map to get you where you need to go? and how do you think GPS has changed the way we travel?