Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Paper Maps

Stephanie

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?


16 thoughts on “Paper Maps

  1. I’ll use the computer to bring up maps of the areas I’ll be in and then use the gps to find myself on the ‘map packet’ I carry. The gps i had was pretty primitive, so this was the best method i could come up with

    I’ve had electronics failures before, so I don’t rely wholly on one gizmo. And while map-n-compass has never completely failed me, it is hard to drive and navigate at the same time – which is how i got to explore a lot of places id never conciously chosen to go.

    Anyways, no matter how fancy the gizmo, I’ll always carry a preprinted set of local maps for where I’m headed.

  2. I’ll use the computer to bring up maps of the areas I’ll be in and then use the gps to find myself on the ‘map packet’ I carry. The gps i had was pretty primitive, so this was the best method i could come up with

    I’ve had electronics failures before, so I don’t rely wholly on one gizmo. And while map-n-compass has never completely failed me, it is hard to drive and navigate at the same time – which is how i got to explore a lot of places id never conciously chosen to go.

    Anyways, no matter how fancy the gizmo, I’ll always carry a preprinted set of local maps for where I’m headed.

  3. Don’t like GPS. They give you only one option and often take you way out of the way. I like paper maps better. They’re more accurate and you can choose your own options if you want to avoid a particular area. I don’t like Big Brother telling me where to go or what to do.

  4. Don’t like GPS. They give you only one option and often take you way out of the way. I like paper maps better. They’re more accurate and you can choose your own options if you want to avoid a particular area. I don’t like Big Brother telling me where to go or what to do.

  5. I can understand the GPS travel connection, but I don’t use a map for travel either. I just like looking at maps, they’re fascinating. For travel, I just head in the general direction of the destination, and sooner or later I get there.

  6. I can understand the GPS travel connection, but I don’t use a map for travel either. I just like looking at maps, they’re fascinating. For travel, I just head in the general direction of the destination, and sooner or later I get there.

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