I Love My Paper Road Map!


My husband and I left California a week ago. We sold our little rancho, banked the money against the time when we buy again, and have gone on the road to have some fun and find our true and final Homestead. Our little two and a half acres in the Central Valley of California had a lot going for it but was too crowded. My husband said, “If you can see your neighbors they’re too close.” I tend to agree.

Just like most people we have the GPS phone apps for driving directions but I’m still partial to the printed map. I grew up with road maps and I like them. I like to read them and fantasize about this place or that. I like to plan my route with them. To see where I’m going. When we need driving directions I go to my phone.

renee and map

6 Reasons Paper Maps Are STILL Useful

  1. It’s easy to see the big picture. I think this is the #1 advantage over a small screen image. On a small phone screen you can’t see the whole area much less the whole state or region. Even on a laptop screen you have to zoom in or out or move the cursor around. With a paper map you’ve got the whole state or region right before you. I think that makes it a lot easier to plan.
  2. If you feel like it, you can write notes on it. You can write where you found that amazing roadside farmers market, for example, that you want to remember for next you’re out that way.
  3. You never have to worry about if you used up all your data or battery. This is a no-brainer. It works as well in the dead of night as it does in broad daylight. It works as well in the middle of no-where as it does in the middle of a city. There’s been many a time that we had no cell or internet coverage when we were out in the boonies and that is when the map came in mighty handy!
  4. They’re not costly to buy. If you lose one or rip it to the point where it’s no longer useable you can always get another one.
  5. Nobody wants to steal them. You only have to worry about forgetting where you put it which is the same with a cell phone anyway.
  6. They’re decorative. You can post them on the wall and put pushpins in all the places you’ve been or dream about places you might like to go.

Photo by Martin Aubin


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