Lifecation Tip: Planning Your Attack

Planning a trip into a new city can get tough. There’s all sorts of questions: What are you going to see? Where are you going to stay? How will you get around? One of the best tried & trusted tools of the traveler has been, no surprise, the map. But paper maps get folded, torn, lost, and above all else, are hard to share with other people. Even more difficult is collaborating on these maps with all your buddies.

Enter the “My Maps” feature on Google Maps. It’s a relatively small feature to the already superbly popular mapping program, but it provides a lot of bang for your buck. Basically you can use it to scribble on maps to mark areas & points of interest. We here at are using it to figure out things like:

  • Where all the Wal-Marts are
  • Where the coffee & free WiFi is
  • What sites we want to hit up
  • Where the bars & restaurants are
  • And when we park, where the hell we left the van!

Toronto is the first city we’ve really put it to use, but it’s already proving very helpful. I could have prevented myself from stealing WiFi in a urine-infested park if I used this in Montreal. Anyway, enough rambling. Check out our map if you’re interested!

A legend is provided after the cut.

Yellow Baskets = Walmarts
Orange Envelopes = Free WiFi
Coffee Cups = Good coffee
Blue Pins = Alexi’s Points of Interest
Green Pins = Ben’s P.o.I.
The rest = Figure it out : )

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4 Comments in 2 threads.»

Comment by Lauren
2007-10-08 19:54:18

Speaking of restaurants, you should check out It’s never failed me yet or steered me wrong.

Comment by Alexi
2007-10-09 13:21:31

Yelp’s awesome, unfortunately it’s USA only.. no help in Toronto :-(

Comment by Dan
2007-10-08 08:09:53

hockey hall of fame….GO

Comment by Ben
2007-10-08 08:12:35

I’m totally going - Alexi doesn’t indulge in such things, so he’s skipping out.

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