How to Create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps {New Google My Maps Tutorial} (2022)

If you’ve got a vacation coming up, I have a super useful tutorial for you today to help you easily organize and manage your trip. Before I leave on a trip, I always create a custom travel map so I can keep track of my hotel, sightsI want to see, photo ops, restaurants, and more all in one easily accessible spot. That way I can see where everything is, see what places areclose to each other, and have directions and notes right at my fingertips. Today I’m going to show you how easy it is to make one. It’s super simple and you can probably create your own map in 15 minutes or less!

Google recently updated their maps to the new My Maps, so this tutorial will show you how to create a map with the new My Maps.

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Let’s get started! :)

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To start, go tohttps://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/?pli=1 and click Create a new map.

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In the top left-hand corner, click where it saysUntitledto give your map a new name. I named this map New York City.

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Now use the search bar at the top to start adding locations to your map.Just start typing the name and Google will pull it up. You don’t even have to know the exact address.I started with our hotel, the Omni Berkshire Place in NYC.

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Hit Enter or click the magnifying glass and alist of your search results will appear on the left. Click the name in the list, or on the pinthat appears on the map, and an info box will pop up. Then click Add to map.

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Repeat this step for as many locations as you want to add to your map. Just search for a location…

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Then click Add to map.This part goes super quickly!

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If a search resulthasmultiple locations, you can see all itslocations on the map, along with the other places you’ve added to your map so far, so you can see which location is closest to places you’ll already be.Click the pin on the map of the location of your choice, then click Add to map.

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Once you’ve added all the locations to your map, you can customize the icons to keep them even more organized and easily recognizable. Click on a location in the list on the left, then click the paint bucket icon.

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You can change the color and shape of the icon, or you can click the More icons button.

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This will pull up a ton of icons you can choose from!

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Here’s an example of how my maps usually look. My hotel is always green, so it stands out and I always know how to get back home. I have broadway shows, photo ops, andshopping locations. Bakeries are always pink. Lunch is light blue, and dinner is dark blue. Now I can look at the map and automatically recognize what is around me and what I can do.

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I also like to add notes and reminders about certain spots. To do this, click on a location in the list, then click on the edit pencil in the info box that pops up.

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Write down any notes to help you remember what you wanted to do at a certain location.

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You can also add a picture to help remind you! Click on the camera icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the more info box.

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You can’t upload your own image, but you can add any image on the internet if you know the URL, or you can just do a Google image search for a specific image.

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Love this feature, adding photos isso quick and easy!

Accessing the Map

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So that’s it! You have a super organized, useful map with locations, notes, and photos. Now you need to be able to access it on the go.

If you have an Android, you can use the My Maps app from the Play Store.

If you have an iPhone, you can access the map from Safari. Just go to this link on your phone:https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/?pli=1

ClickOpen a map. You may need to sign in to your Google account.

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A list of all your created maps will come up. Click on the mapyou want. All your custom locations and icons will appear on the map. It will also show your current locationso can see where you are in relation to places on the map.

You can click on the three-linemenu bar in the top left-hand corner to pull up a list of your saved locations.

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From here, you can click on a location to see the notes/photos you added. You may need to click more than once, then you’ll need to click the menu button again to make the list go away so you can see the map.

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Here’s what it looks like.

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From this screen you can scroll down to get the address, then press and hold to copy the address. You can paste this in your maps app for directions.

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Accessing the map via Safari definitely works, and is the best free option. But as you can see above it is a little clunky. If you’re a frequent traveler and avid map-maker, you may want to look into the new My Maps app for iPhone for $4.99.

Now let me just say, in a world where we are spoiled with so many good free apps, even paying 99 cents for an app seems like a splurge to me. And while I wouldn’t blink twice at spending$4.99 on a cupcake I’ll enjoy for 30 seconds, paying$4.99 for an app seems way too high, even though I know I’ll use it over and over.I don’t know why my brain is wired that way. Anyway, I hardly ever pay for apps,especially ones that cost more than 99 cents.

However, after giving inand downloading it, this app does everything I want it to do exactly the way I want it to do it. I’m I’m not sure I can say that about any other app I use. In the end, this app was worth the high price for me.

I’ll give you a quick tour so you can see what it does. Either way you choose, you can still definitely access your map for free from Safari!

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Open the app, sign in to your Google account,then click on the three lines in the top left-hand corner to pull up a list of all your maps. Click on the map you want.

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Here you can see all your saved locations and custom icons, as well asyour current location. Click on the menu button in the top right-hand corner to pull up a list of your saved locations,

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You can see the custom notes you’ve added from this screen.

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You can click on a location and it will zoom into that spot on the map. You can also click the info button….

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And it will show you any photos you have added.

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Or you can click the car icon, and it will give you directions.

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You can open the directions in any map app you want. From there, you can choose whether you want car, walking, or public transit directions.

If you open the map and all the locations when you have internet, the app will even cache the information so you can access it offline.

Example Map

So that’s it! Now you can stay organized and have directions and notes right at your fingertips.

Here is a link to my NYC mapwith all my favorite places. Youcan use this link to see how the maps look and work on your phone.

Getting Around

We love walking and taking public transportation when exploring anew city, but sometimes you just need a taxi. We’ve started usingUberto quickly call a car. Have you heard of Uber?? It’s your own personal, private driver for the same price of a taxi. When you open the Uber app, it will show you where drivers are near you, and tell you how long it will take for a car to get to you. Just click Set Pick Up Location and your private car is on it’s way. You can even watch it on the map as it gets closer to your location. It will send you an alert when your car gets close so you know when to go outside. No more waiting outside in the freezing cold or rain for a taxi! You add a credit card or Paypal account to your Uber account, and you never to worry about paying the driver. It’s all done through the app. You get in the car, the driver takes you to your location, and you get out. No fumbling with paying, you can just get out and leave! You don’t even have to tip — it’s built into the price of the service (which is still competitive with a taxi!). It’s seriously the fastest and best way to get where ever you need to go!

Use this link to sign up with Uberto get your first ride free!

Happy map-making and safetravels!! :) xoxo

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FAQs

How do I create a travel map on Google Maps? ›

Follow the 3 steps (only 3!) and you'll be on your way to planning your own Google travel maps.
  1. Go to Google Maps. ...
  2. To create an itinerary, click 'Menu' on the top left button > click 'Your Places' > click 'Maps' on the 4th tab > click 'Create Map'.
17 Jul 2016

How do I create a travel journey map? ›

Head to the My Maps homepage and click Create a New Map.
  1. Any map you create will appear on this page. ...
  2. You'll want to search for a location, and then add it to your current layer. ...
  3. Turning on the "Add directions" feature lets you see your route on the map. ...
  4. The map will update with each stop you add.
7 Oct 2021

How do I create a custom GPS map? ›

So if you want to create a custom route from point to point on google maps. Here's what you can do.

How do I create a Google map with multiple locations? ›

Add a place
  1. On your computer, sign in to My Maps.
  2. Open or create a map. A map can have up to 10,000 lines, shapes, or places.
  3. Click Add marker .
  4. Select a layer and click where to put the place. A layer can have 2,000 lines, shapes, or places.
  5. Give your place a name.
  6. Click Save.

How do you use Google Maps step by step? ›

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How do I use Google travel Planner? ›

GOOGLE MAPS TRAVEL PLANNING OVERVIEW
  1. Create a new Google Map for your trip.
  2. Add location pins to your map.
  3. Customize and color code your location pins.
  4. Create Google Map layers to plan your day-to-day itinerary.
  5. Add driving directions to your map.
  6. Download your custom Google Map to your phone.

How do you make a travel map with pins? ›

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How do you use a travel Mapper? ›

Travel Mapper is simple to use. Once you download the add-on, open a new Google Sheet and go to Extensions > Travel Mapper > Start Here > Generate Template. Add the date, time, activity, location, links, costs, and any additional notes in the sheet.

What is the best road trip planner? ›

  1. Roadtrippers. Roadtrippers is one of the best (and most popular) road trip planner apps out there. ...
  2. Google Maps. Everyone needs a trusty navigation app on their phone, and Google Maps is a favorite for good reason. ...
  3. Waze. ...
  4. GasBuddy. ...
  5. Roadside America. ...
  6. iExit Interstate Exit Guide. ...
  7. HotelTonight. ...
  8. Airbnb.
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How do I create an itinerary in Google Docs? ›

SUMMARY: Open Google Docs and start a blank document or use any template that resembles an itinerary. Next, build your itinerary by changing the document's title and altering the default contents of a template. Ensure that your itinerary goes according to your purpose as you explore Google Docs' customizable features.

Is there an app that lets you create your own route? ›

HERE WeGo route creator app

This free navigation app lets you save common stops in a collection, or use shortcuts to get directions to them in one click. It lets you add waypoints to your routes if you need to make an extra stop or want to take a specific route.

How do I create a map in Google Maps mobile? ›

However, once completed, you can view your custom map on the Android or iOS apps. To start, click open the Menu in the top left corner of the screen and click Your Places. From there, select Maps on the far right tab and then click Create Map at the bottom of the list.

How do I create a map with multiple pins? ›

To drop multiple pins on Google Maps, you'll need to customize your own map by using the Create Map option. This opens a custom map where you can drop as many pin icons as you like. You can create an itinerary for your next trip, so you never forget the locations you wanted to visit.

How do I create a map using Excel? ›

Now it's time to create a map chart, so select any cell within the data range, then go to the Insert tab > Charts > Maps > Filled Map. If the preview looks good, then press OK. Depending on your data, Excel will insert either a value or category map.

How do I plot a Google map in Excel? ›

How do I import an Excel file into Google Maps?
  1. Locate your data in Maptitude. ...
  2. Make sure your new layer is the working layer.
  3. Export to Google My Maps using File>Export>Geography, making sure to choose either “KML (Google Earth Document)” or “KMZ (Google Earth Compressed Document)” and click OK.

How do I put a pin in Google Maps? ›

Add or edit a pin on Google
  1. Go to your Business Profile. Learn how to find your profile.
  2. Select Edit profile. ...
  3. Near the top, select the Location tab.
  4. Next to “Business location,” click Edit. ...
  5. To adjust your pin location, click Adjust.
  6. Move the map so the pin points to your business location.
  7. Select Done.

How do you draw a dragon? ›

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How do you draw a mouth? ›

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How do I make Google Maps like a pro? ›

8 tips for navigating Google Maps like a pro
  1. Download maps for offline use. ...
  2. Find stop-offs along your route. ...
  3. Double-tap to zoom the map. ...
  4. Add custom names to your favorite places. ...
  5. Get home with a single tap. ...
  6. Check traffic ahead of time. ...
  7. Get recommendations from Maps. ...
  8. Share your location.
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What is Google mapping process? ›

Google Maps is a web service that provides detailed information about geographical regions and sites worldwide. In addition to conventional road maps, Google Maps offers aerial and satellite views of many locations. In some cities, Google Maps offers street views comprising photographs taken from vehicles.

How does a Google map work? ›

Google Earth and Google Maps use satellites to capture views from above. Satellite views are also used for verifying data collected from other sources, making sure they were not incorrectly reported or out-of-date. Satellites capture street markers, building locations, spacing, etc.

Does Google Maps have a trip planner? ›

Google Maps has a route planning capability. You can even plan a route for many locations using Google Maps. It can serve a variety of purposes aside from driving, such as walking and biking.

How do you map a road trip with multiple stops? ›

How to Plan a Route with Multiple Stops on Google Maps (In-depth Guide)
  1. Plan a route with multiple stops on Google Maps. ...
  2. #1: Add your first stop. ...
  3. #2: Press “directions” ...
  4. #3: Add all your stops. ...
  5. #4: Press the start button. ...
  6. How many stops can you add?
27 Jul 2021

How do I pin my trip? ›

To pin a trip from the Go tab:
  1. On your mobile device, open the Google Maps app. .
  2. At the bottom, tap Go. .
  3. To get a list of suggested trips, in the bottom bar, swipe up.
  4. Find the trip you want and, on the right, tap Pin .

Can you put pins in a canvas? ›

If your map is printed on canvas – you can use needle push pins on it directly and they will hold. If your map is a print, mounted on a foam core board or corkboard, you can use needle push pins on it as well.

How do you make a cork board world map? ›

Make a Corkboard World Map - YouTube

Can you customize Google Maps? ›

Creating a Custom Map in Google Maps

You'll need to use Google Maps on your desktop to create a custom map. However, once completed, you can view your custom map on the Android or iOS apps. To start, click open the Menu in the top left corner of the screen and click Your Places.

How do I create a map with multiple pins? ›

To drop multiple pins on Google Maps, you'll need to customize your own map by using the Create Map option. This opens a custom map where you can drop as many pin icons as you like. You can create an itinerary for your next trip, so you never forget the locations you wanted to visit.

How do I create a custom Google map on my iPhone? ›

In the “Your Places” menu that appears on the left, click the “Maps” tab. At the bottom of the menu, select the “Create Map” button. The map creation window will appear in a new tab. To name it, select the “Untitled map” text at the top of the menu on the left.

What is the difference between Google Maps and Google My Maps? ›

Google Maps vs. Google My Maps. Google Maps is Google's map function, which allows you to search for destinations and navigate between two points. My Maps allows you to use that same technology to add many destinations and navigate between all of them.

How do I put a pin in Google Maps? ›

Add or edit a pin on Google
  1. Go to your Business Profile. Learn how to find your profile.
  2. Select Edit profile. ...
  3. Near the top, select the Location tab.
  4. Next to “Business location,” click Edit. ...
  5. To adjust your pin location, click Adjust.
  6. Move the map so the pin points to your business location.
  7. Select Done.

Can you drop pins on Google Maps? ›

You can pin a trip from a directions search or from the suggestions in the Go tab. Tip: You can pin only driving, transit, and two-wheeler trips. To pin a trip from a directions search: On your mobile device, open the Google Maps app.

How do I edit Google Maps? ›

Find your My Map
  1. Sign in and open Google Maps.
  2. Click Menu Your places. Maps.
  3. To edit a map, choose a map and click Open in My Maps. You'll be taken to My Maps, where you can edit your map.

How many Google My Maps can I have? ›

Maps are created with one layer, but you can have up to 10. On your computer, sign in to My Maps. Open or create a map.

How much is Google My Maps? ›

Google My Map is a free service and so not surprisingly, support is based on knowledgebase articles and community forums.

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