Thursday, February 28, 2013

App of the Week - Google Maps

If you own an iPhone, you're probably very familiar with Google Maps. It's a great way to find out what's near you, and how to get there. You may also have used it on your computer to find the location of somewhere or directions between places.

You may not however realize that you can also create your own maps to which you can save your own, customizable locations. This is an ideal application for planning and documenting an RV trip (I know that there are other apps which let you do this, but I like Google Maps because it is so "open"). You can even get it to draw the route between your locations and calculate the directions and distances.

To get a better idea of what you can do, try visiting TechnoRV's 2013 Rally schedule. It's our own public map (they can be private or shared with just a group of friends) and click on the Airstream Rally. It should then pop up a screen where we've entered information about that "stop". Try clicking on our photos link which links to my Airstream Rally Facebook Album (you'll need to make your album public if you want anyone to be able to access it).

Perhaps my favorite feature is that you can then embed your map in another website or blog so that your friends can easily see where you've been, what you did, and check out your photos, all from using the map (check out our embedded map on

If you have a favorite travel app, let us know.