• Posted:Tuesday, July 14, 2009
  • Comments: 0

Posted in: Travel
New Google map feature good for travellers
Doing some research about an area before taking a trip is always a good idea, as it helps to know as much as possible ahead of your arrival. Whether it's identifying the best sights to see, restaurants to eat in or even which bus to get from one end of a city to another, it always helps to be prepared.

Personally I like to listen to the advice of those who have gone before, which is where having a group of well-travelled friends comes in handy. Reading reviews also tends to be a pretty useful way to get the inside track before heading anywhere new.

Another means of preparation could be to check out maps and the internet is pretty handy for this. Google has been providing maps alongside search results for the last two years, allowing users the chance to see where exactly they are going before they get there.

But now they've added a new feature, which the search engine giant reckons will be even more beneficial for tourists. Now, whenever you look for a location, you'll also be able to see pictures of various sights alongside the map.

I tried it out for Berlin and got photos for the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie, with information about each one also included.

Google software engineer Lingyun Liu remarked: "As any traveller could tell you, knowing the geographical location of a place is only part of the story. It's often just as valuable to get a sense of what the place is like and there's no better way to do that than by looking at images of some of its most important sights."

Sam Buckley
ADNFCR-2435-ID-19264438-ADNFCR
City Guides and Information

Video guides, travel podcasts, city maps & free city guides. What to eat, where to stay and things to do and see - our travel guides have it all.

Find a guide »
Latest Blog Post

Using an InterRail pass (for EU residents) or a Eurail pass (for non-EU) is the perfect way to easily check off all the dreamy European destinations on your travel bucket list. Ride the rails like a pro with these five tips.

Read more »
Great Value and Choice

We offer the most comprehensive selection of hostels on the internet with over 35,000 great places to stay in 180 countries. The ultimate online resource for hostels everywhere.

Find great value hostels »