How to get the most out of Google Maps with this Google Maps app
By now you’ve probably seen the ubiquitous Google Maps application in your mobile devices, with its intuitive interface and the ability to zoom in and out of the cities you’ve explored.
Now, you can also use Google Maps in a more traditional way.
This app lets you create a customized itinerary, travel with an auto-suggested route, and see a map preview while driving.
If you’re a travel writer, you’ll likely want to download the Google Maps Editor, which can also be used to create custom itineraries.
With this app, you have the option to create a custom itinerary with the auto-recommended route.
For instance, you could create a route that takes you from the US to New York City and back.
You can also create a trip that takes the same route, but with the option of ending up at a different destination.
The result of these actions is a customized trip that includes everything you need to know about your destination, including your specific destination, its traffic patterns, the exact weather conditions, the number of people who are traveling with you, and more.
With this app and the editor, you will also have the ability use the Maps API to create your own custom itinerarary.
To make this happen, you first need to download and install the Google Map Editor.
This will open up the Google Drive app and let you open the Google API.
With the Google APIs, you’re able to create customized itineraries, which is why this app will give you access to all of the features you would normally find in an auto trip planner.
For example, you might be able to add a hotel or car rental reservation, customize the route that you’re traveling, and even add a stopover point to your destination.
Once you’ve downloaded the Google MAP Editor, you are able to open the editor by clicking the “New” button.
Here, you should see the Google map preview.
Tap the “Start” button to start the mapping process.
As you can see, this process involves two different steps: first, you need a list of the specific cities in which you want to go.
Second, you also need to open a route.
The Google Maps route will take you to that specific city, and when you’re ready to start mapping, you simply click the “Map” button at the top right of the map.
You will then see a list with all the destinations on that map.
From here, you select one of the destinations and it will appear on the map with the exact details of that destination.
Next, you must open the API.
This is where you’ll be using the Google Analytics API to track how you’ve used Google Maps.
If this is your first time using Google Analytics, you may not know how to open it and how to add the data you want.
To make things simple, we’ll assume you’re not a developer and that you’ve already installed Google Analytics.
Open the Google Apps Developer Console (developer.google.com) in the Google search bar.
From there, navigate to Google Maps by clicking on the icon at the bottom right of your desktop, or on the bottom left if you’re on a Mac.
Once you’re there, click on the “API” tab.
If your developer account has been setup correctly, you’ve got the Google Developers Console.
If not, you still need to create one.
Once in the API, you want the “Google Maps API Keys” section to be displayed.
Here you’ll see your Google Maps keys and a check mark next to each one.
In order to add your keys, click the button “Add Keys.”
Once you have your keys and click the “+” button, the Google Developer Console will open.
Once the developer portal opens, click “Start Maps” to begin the mapping experience.
After you’ve completed the mapping steps, click over to the “Settings” section of the Google developer portal to access your Google account settings.
In the Google account section, click “+Google Maps” and you’ll have the options to add custom routes, add hotels and car rentals, and add stopover points.
You may be wondering, “What if I don’t want to create an itinerary?”
In that case, you don’t need to add an itinerar at all.
This process is just for the sake of simplicity.
To add a route, just click the route you want, select it, and you’re good to go!
Once you’re done mapping, tap the “Save Route” button on the right-hand side of the dashboard.
You should see a message pop up, explaining how to save your route.
If you’ve done everything right, you shouldn’t see any error messages while creating your route, or any other warning pop ups.
If you’re having trouble with the mapping, be sure to check out our article on how to create and manage custom itinerations