The Maps app on my iPhone just blew my mind after our recent Spring Break trip! Most of you probably think I must have just come out from under a rock if something as simple as Maps blew my mind. True, I am not a Tic Tok, Instagram, Snapchat user (I just graduated from my iPhone 4, too). Despite all of that, I am not a helpless technology user. However, I was still amazed at how useful the Maps app was on our recent trip to Washington, D.C.
I am not sure what everyone did before GPS and smartphones were around. We managed, but writing down directions always held some risk. I have used Maps to help me get around many times, but always in our car, on my home turf. Recently, though, one feature on my Maps app proved to be earth-shattering.
A friend told me about her trip to Washington, D.C. She mentioned taking public transportation everywhere, something we were planning on doing. One can do a lot of research to find out bus stops, destinations, and times only to have your schedule change and mess everything up. There is no way on a long vacation everything will work out at the exact time and place you need it to. My friend told me about one button on the Maps app that can help with that.
If you are taking public transportation, search for directions just like always in the app. At the bottom of the screen, there is a button that says “Transit.” That will give you all the public transportation modes available to get where you want to go. In Washington, D. C., it told me when buses departed, where stops were, and approximately how long it would take to get there. Amazingly helpful!!!
Maps helped me navigate the Capital City fairly easily. We saved money on a rental car. We also saved our sanity by not having to drive through the traffic. I was able to get us from the National Mall, to the National Cathedral, and back with very little stress. We even missed the first bus at the Cathedral, but my trusty Maps app told me the next bus would be along in a half hour. I am not one to recommend too much technology, but I would not plan on taking a trip using public transportation without my handy dandy Maps app. Mind blown – speaking from experience.