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This post was originally about BuddyWay, a GPS tourist application. Since this app no longer exists, we’ve updated the article to discuss comparable Google Maps features for iOS and Android.

You may have used Google Maps to get directions to an unfamiliar location, but did you know that it can do so much more? If you’re traveling, Google Maps offers several useful tourist features that utilize the GPS in your iPhone or Android device.

Before you leave on your trip, make sure to set up real-time location sharing How to Track Friends in Real-Time Using Google Maps How to Track Friends in Real-Time Using Google Maps Google Maps now lets you share your real-time location with others. Next time you're running late, this will let them know exactly when to expect you. Read More with your friends. This lets you check where they are at all times, perfect for traveling. Doing so can help you find the best spots to check out, or just keep an eye on their safety.

Another incredibly useful feature of Google Maps 16 Incredible Uses of Google Maps You Should See and Try 16 Incredible Uses of Google Maps You Should See and Try Google Maps is an incredible tool on its own. But some websites have tapped into it to create wonderful Google Maps applications. From Google Maps games to history and literature, we cover them all. Read More is the wealth of information it can bring you about nearby restaurants, monuments, and other attractions. Slide open the left menu in Google Maps and select Explore to see the most interesting sights around your current area. You can also tap the location marker icon in the bottom bar to search for Restaurants, Cafes, and more around you. Select a category and filters like Open now and Good for kids will appear.

Once you find a place that looks promising, check out its Google Maps page for even more info. You can see when it’s typically busy, preview the menu, and read reviews from other customers. This gives you a heads-up if a restaurant is kind of gross or if that museum is way too busy to enjoy at the moment.

Utilizing the power of Google Maps How Does Google Maps Work? How Does Google Maps Work? Google Maps is used by millions of people every day and you might be one of them, but how does it actually work and how does Google maintain its accuracy so well? Read More , you can supercharge your tourist experiences. Get info on local sites and be in the know without wasting any time — and it’s all free!

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Do you use Google Maps when you’re traveling? What other features are most useful for tourists? Tell us down in the comments!

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  1. charles lee
    June 12, 2010 at 2:17 am

    what part of this is free

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  3. unreal
    May 22, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    can anyone suggest me a spy software which can give the location of a gps enabled mobile phone without having to use the gprs...

  4. yajdab
    May 13, 2010 at 7:45 am

    i want to catch my wife in act can i tracked his mobile number here in saudi arabia?

  5. charlie
    May 6, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    how can i get the software for my cell phone and get someone to install it for me?

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    April 19, 2010 at 2:04 am

    I really like the features of this GPS Cell Phone Tracking Software.. I'm a kind of person who loves to go outdoors always.. and this will be indeed helpful..

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    February 6, 2010 at 5:50 pm

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    in philippines

    hope you could help me

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    January 30, 2010 at 9:29 pm

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  9. Ronald
    January 4, 2010 at 7:34 am

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  12. Manoj Mehra
    October 23, 2009 at 6:03 am

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  13. Amanda
    October 9, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    I lost my LG Cookie Mobile Phone Today At School or i think someone stole it.
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  14. Bill
    August 22, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    I need something to track my children so I can find them when they stay out after curfew, how does this track do I have to install the software on their phone of can I just type in their phone number, or does this work if it is within blootooth range?

  15. sharon thomas
    August 16, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    i just want to locate my husband when he is out without him knowing this,,is this possible to do ,,and im looking for a free site or help ,,i want to use my pc to do the locating on,plz help.thank u

  16. Cell Phone Tracking
    July 22, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    I always like to see what other people are doing with GPS technology and cell phones. The likely hood of someone finding a cell phone by giving them the cell number is not very good. Most of these systems need to be installed on the device before you can track.

  17. Neuromante
    June 21, 2009 at 4:13 am

    When I send my trip to web site, how it happens? By web? My cellphone connect to internet to send it?

  18. Robert
    June 19, 2009 at 9:01 pm

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    May 27, 2009 at 4:32 am

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  20. PRASHANT
    May 18, 2009 at 4:51 am

    My cell phone was lost in the privious year,till now i am not able to find out my cell,can you please help me...

  21. jake
    April 1, 2009 at 5:00 pm

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  22. sara
    March 29, 2009 at 8:10 am

    I lost my cell and people say it is in Mufresserburo and it is turned off. I called it and i got a voice mail. What do I do.

  23. den_of_ken
    February 26, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    is it possible to use in Nokia 6500s

  24. sid
    February 19, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    If any one know this software work on CDMA phone?

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    It's amazing the array of products available for parents to help monitor their children and teens now. GPS cell phone tracking allows kids to get the cell phone they want but allows parents to monitor their position via a computer. It gives parents piece of mind.

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    September 24, 2008 at 7:59 am

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  30. Artem Russakovskii
    May 19, 2008 at 12:42 am

    I'm having trouble putting this on my Samsung A900. The browser keeps redirecting to the same page and not installing anything.