Being stuck in quarantine has left a significant number of people with a sense of frustration. For some, it’s like having a never-ending feeling of cabin fever. People want to get out! They want to go and do. Thankfully, the global situation with the Coronavirus pandemic looks set to improve, and when it does, there will be all kinds of exciting places to visit and enjoy.
Getting ideas for the places you’d like to get out and explore is as easy as reaching for your iPhone and using the Apple Maps planner. With Apple’s new, curated map guides that provide incredible information on places to shop, eat, and explore, you can get activity ideas and the latest recommendations from top brands all over the world.
If you’re ready to get out of the house and get a move on, it’s worth it to take a closer look at Apple Maps guides and all the groovy things that are becoming available.
Now, obviously, Apple Maps are a bit Apple-centric. If you don’t own an Apple product, such as an iPhone or an iPad, then you won’t have access to Apple Maps, at least officially. Additionally, even if you do own Apple products, they need to be running iOS 14. However, there’s a workaround to this. If you own an Apple product, simply update your operating system.
If you’re a Windows or Android user, you can still take advantage of Apple Maps by using DuckDuckGo, an alternative search engine. The company integrated Apple’s map API into its own tool, so now anyone can take advantage of Apple Maps from any computer or smartphone.
Since practically everyone now has access to Apple Maps, it’s good to know that when you’re stuck on ideas, its curated guides feature has you covered. Moreover, Apple has partnered with over 500 of the most recognizable brands in existence to help give you the highest-quality information possible when it comes to must-see attractions and must-do activities.
Just a few names you might recognize are the following:
- Lonely Planet
- National Park Foundation
- Time Out
- Culture Trip
- The Infatuation
- Louis Vuitton
- The Washington Post
- The Los Angeles Times
All of Apple’s new partners are providing unique insights. For example, Louis Vuitton’s new map guides are included in Apple Maps by default.
If you find yourself thinking too hard in an effort to come up with ideas, you might want to spoil yourself by checking out recommendations on local cuisine and areas of cities that are suggested by the best of the best.
Let’s say you’ve always wanted to visit San Francisco. In that case, you might want to see what’s most recommended for those who want to tour and explore the city. To do that, you’d simply launch your Maps app on your iPhone. Type in the city’s name that you’re curious about visiting in the search field and check to see if there’s a button beneath that says Guides.
If there is, great! That means there are curated city guides available for that area. If no button shows up that says Guides, then no Apple Map guide has been created for that city yet.
Now, sometimes there are multiple guides available for a city. For example, New Orleans currently has three of them, including guides by Culture Trip, Fotospot, and Lore. You have the option to share the guides, save whichever one (or all of them) you like to a list of favorites, or browse them.
Think you won’t want to make your own recommendations about places to visit the first time you’re out and about and can explore since the Pandemic? Perish the thought.
Open up the Apple Maps app and swipe up on the Search field. When the My Guides area appears, simply tap on the button that says New Guide. Following that will be a black page where you can begin writing your guide.
There’s an area for a title. Fill that in, and then hit the Create button. Now you’ll have created a guide, but it won’t have any locations or info about them. You’ll have to begin creating those by hitting the button that says Add a Place.
Since these features are new to Apple Maps, you’ve likely never tried this before. However, once you have the opportunity to create and share with friends and family, you definitely should. It’s fun!
Not that you wanted to make any excuses to stay home after repeated lockdowns, but with Apple’s new curated map guides, you won’t even be able to make any! Listen, travel isn’t going to be the same for a while, no matter which way you look at it. Still, to every potential downside there remains a silver lining.
As the world begins to open once more, you can expect that there’s going to be a surge of people who are more than ready to start planning trips to practically every possible destination under the sun. You can beat them to the punch using Apple Map guides to figure out the places that sound the most fun and interesting, and then head online to your favorite travel agency to book any flights and hotels necessary far in advance.
You’ve been stuck inside long enough, don’t you think?
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