There are a lot of people that like to travel. When they do it is most likely that many will have to make use of some type of map. At a glance, a standard map looks easy to read but there are a lot of people who have difficulty with this. Also, it is a common mistake to choose the wrong type of map.
There are so many wonderful places throughout the world to travel for a vacation. When at one’s destination that they are not familiar with they may want to rely on a map to help them navigate the area. The first step is to choose the best map to meet the needs of the map reader. Some of the different types of maps are;
- Topographic Map
- Road Map
- Tourist Map
Most likely if the traveller is intent on seeing some of the major sights of an area they will want to use a tourist map.
The Map Features
Maps are created by different companies. They all want to make their product better than their competitors. To do so they will add features to the map such as;
- Map Title
- Grid References
- Direction Arrow
Understanding what each of these are on a map will allow the user to glean more benefits from that particular map .
Keeping track on the Map
If one is using a map such as a street guide it is easy to keep referring back to the map as one proceeds to follow its directions. This is a little more difficult for those using a map that has been developed for hiking. It means following the map by perhaps landmarks. If one keeps their thumb on the area where they are at any given time it makes it much easier to continue following the map, and reduces the risk of getting lost.