One of the tricky questions that appear when you are looking to organize a trip is to know which kind of maps you should get in order to make it easy to move around through your destination. There are many options out there, but my general recommendation is that simplicity must win. Let’s take a look at how we should select the best travel maps.
First of all, to select the best travel maps you need to know which kind of trip you are planning to do. What I mean is not just the length of the trip or the number of stars your hotel has. What you really need to know if you are going to be staying in a single city, if you are going around a single country, or if you are visiting a whole continent, like it could be the case of a trip to Europe.
The second thing selecting the best travel maps is to know the mean of transport you are going to use in case you are on an intercity trip or visiting many countries.
Once you’ve got this information planned, it is the time to take the decision according to it. If you are planning to visit a single city, the best you can do is to get nothing at all. I’m not speaking about going there with no information but what I really mean is that any city has very good maps you can take for free in any tourism office, hotel or simply at the airport or the railway station where you arrive. These maps are already thought for you, you’ll see the main streets, touristic attractions, etc.
Instead, it is indeed important to look for the best travel maps if you are going to run across many cities. For the cities themselves you can just rely on the maps mentioned before, but when it comes go move from one to the other, it’s a good idea to get small but detailed maps where you can find your route. Of course, if you travel by train, an inter-rail map would be the best. If you go by road, a good idea is to avoid buying any maps and use the Google Earth’s function that allows you to write two cities and the program finds with detail the best route possible. Print out the screen and the indications or copy it in a paper and they’ll be great value.
Finally, if you are going on a trip that includes many countries, you can find the best travel maps by using the system mentioned above for road travel. Instead, for rail travel I would encourage you to get one single map for every country as maps for a whole continent will be far less the detail grade you expect them to be. If you are going to Europe, a good idea is to get also the timetables for all European departures getting the Eurail timetable that gets published every year.
In any case, when you are looking to select one map or another, the best deal will always be the most simple one. A map loaded with data and details of everything is confusing and will get you tired. Whe