Travel out? Don't forget the GPS navigator with offline maps

During the next few days there are many who travel. It's summer and that means holiday time and getaways, to carry out that adventure you had planned with friends and family. Obviously, among our hand luggage the smartphone has an non-negotiable space.

We will use our mobile to immortalize each scene, to listen to music, watch and share content on social networks … and of course to reach our destination and, more importantly, to move around it and find places to visit. If you want to save data on your rate, and also make sure that poor coverage will not bother your browsing, download offline maps It is essential.

The basic that never fails: offline maps in Google Maps

Obviously, you can't talk about GPS navigators and not mention Google Maps. Google’s service is known to everyone, but it’s still vital on any trip.

In Maps we find plenty of information from virtually anywhere in the world, details of places, businesses, stores … and almost more important: reviews of millions of sites made by the users themselves, with photos and a lot of feedback so as not to go blind. But what we are going here: offline maps.

Google Maps offers us navigation in any method of transport that we use and if we want to make sure we don't have cuts or hang in the middle of the trip, the best thing is download the maps of the area before leaving and we forget. We do this from the side menu, in “Offline Maps”: we simply select in the box the area that we want to download (we can cover a lot of land) and the content will automatically begin to be downloaded so that we don't have to depend on the Internet.

In addition, an extra point that has recently been added to Google Maps: now also warns of road radars, but if you want more alternatives here we leave you applications to detect speed radars:, the great alternative

A very good alternative that I have used on several trips is the application In this case, instead of using Google’s map data (which a vast majority of apps do), uses data from OpenStreetMap, which are updated daily with the contributions of millions of users.

Of course, is free and in it we can download maps of virtually any country and city on this planet. Once downloaded, we will have it available offline on our smartphone, with turn-by-turn navigation by car, on foot or by bicycle. It also shows points of interest, we can save places and share them with any app and even shows traffic status of cities (although this does require an Internet connection and is not available in all places). is a fantastic alternative to Google Maps.

Waze to complement

I know that we are talking about GPS navigators without connection, and precisely that function does not have Waze, however it is a very good application that is not bad to have installed to complement the previous one.

Waze's grace is that it is a collaborative tool, it draws on the contributions in real time from the rest of Waze users. That is, it is a master tool to detect accidents on the road, warnings of radars, construction sites, heavy traffic or traffic jams… that is, unforeseen in real time of what we have in our way.

Yes, it is true that data rates have improved greatly in these years and that many operators offer extra data on these dates, but it is always going well have offline maps downloaded so as not to depend on a data connection that we will not always be sure to have. Good trip!