So you think you know all about Google Maps, eh?
Well, think again.
I present to you a SECRET and UNKNOWN feature of Google Maps (well at least it was previously unknown to me). This little trick is a GAME CHANGER.
Remember when I talked about my Travel Angels (The Hargrave Family) on my Hello Lisbon Series? You can check out that story by clicking HERE.
Besides helping me through a very difficult situation, this family helped me in other ways too. As if getting me safely back to my apartment in a dangerous situation wasn’t enough…
Alli showed me how to create a unique list just for Lisbon using Google Maps. This knowledge is way too good not to share with the world.
I thought I knew everything there was to know about Google Maps, but I was wrong.
Of course I know how to save places to my favorites, but that is NOT what we are talking about here. This strategy will keep your favorite bars, restaurants, etc organized by location!
So when I’m in Lisbon, for example, I can click on my list for Lisbon and access all of my saved/recommend spots all at once. It’s a beautiful thing.
Also, this way, you can SHARE your specially curated list of bars/restaurants/attractions for one specific destination with friends! I have shared my Lisbon list with SO MANY PEOPLE. (A list that was previously started by Alli and added onto by me.)
You need to be able to use Google Maps during your travels, so you’re gonna need data. I will have my phone recs for international travel up VERY soon.
What Are You Waiting For? Download Google Maps
First, you’ll have to download Google Maps if you haven’t. I seriously couldn’t travel without it. So, if you have been getting by this entire time without it, major props to you.
Log in with your Google account.
There are two different ways you can go about this.
Using Google Maps to Create a List: Option 1
Click the three little lines in the upper left-hand corner.
Click “Your places”
Click on “Saved”
In the lower right-hand corner, click the plus symbol.
Name your list and set a description
Use the plus symbol to start adding places!
Using Google Maps to Create a List: Option 2
Start typing in the name of a bar/restaurant/etc.
Click on the proper location.
Click in the white box (but not on any of the buttons, so that your screen slides up.
Now click Save
Select an existing list, or scroll to the bottom to create a new list for this city/region.
This is seriously the best thing ever.
You can see an example of my Lisbon list that has already been created with many places added below.
Now you are officially ready to start planning your trip!
When you are Googling and Pinteresting and Facebooking your way through recommendations, pause and save those places to your list.
I have started making use of these lists even when I’m not specifically planning for a trip.
When I see a friend check into an interesting place on Facebook, or when I’m scrolling through the ‘Gram, or when I’m Pinteresting my heart out, I will save places to lists on my Google Maps.
I already have some hot spots lined up for Budapest, Austin, Vienna, and more!
Do I have concrete travel plans for those places yet? No.
Will I be visiting these places sometime in the near future? Yes!
And I’ll be one step ahead when I finally solidify those plans.
I wish that I had known how to do this before my trip to London almost a year ago now. I wrote things down the old-fashioned way. I even made a spreadsheet in my Google Drive, but then I never looked at it. I forgot about half of the places I had wanted to go! Never again!
Download a copy of these directions in PDF form to save to your Desktop here:
Also, please help me out and pin this to Pinterest if you found this guide helpful! 🙂
Now get started! I’m excited for you!