Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Travel Tips: Always Pack a Map

As you know, just over a week ago, the kids and I went on a road trip. I had printed directions from Mapquest, but had forgotten to grab my GPS on the way out the door. Normally, that is not a big deal. Of course, I usually print the accompanying map with the Mapquest directions but this time I'd decided that I didn't need it. Uh huh. Mistake.

I think you know where this is heading.

Somewhere down the road, after we finished sightseeing in Paris, Tennessee, I was supposed to take West-such-and-such-street, which I did and only realized 20 minutes later that it wasn't leading me where I needed to be. I guess 20 minutes wasn't bad, but then it took me 20 minutes to get back where I started only to realize that Mapquest had made an error and I was supposed to have been on EAST-such-and-such-street. NEVER WEST!

Oh well, after a 14 hour drive what's another 40 minutes anyway? So, remember the lesson I learned and even if you have a printed directions or a GPS, it never hurts to pack along and old fashioned map...just in case.

Your turn, have you ever gotten lost while following directions? Or NOT following directions as the case may be? Please share...we're all ears...


  1. That is the story of my life too! When we went to Oahu for the first time, we had our GPS with us and it kept having to recalculate because we kept missing our turn! I think it thought we weren't very smart. LOL

  2. I know just what you mean! You should have heard our GPS when we were in New Orleans! With all the roadways that ran underneath each other and the service roads that ran next to the freeways, it had no idea where we were! Talk about frustrating! Yet another reason to take a map!:)


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