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

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, sights I 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 are close 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.

 

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a vacation coming up!

Let’s get started! :)

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

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

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

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

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

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.

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

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

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

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

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

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

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

If a search result has multiple locations, you can see all its locations 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.

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

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.

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

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

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

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

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

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, and shopping 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.

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

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.

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

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

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

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.

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

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.

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

Love this feature, adding photos is so quick and easy!

 

Accessing the Map

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

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

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

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

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

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

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

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.

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

Here’s what it looks like.

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

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.

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

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 in and 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!

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

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.

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

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

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

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

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

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

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

And it will show you any photos you have added.

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

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

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

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 map with all my favorite places. You can 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 a new city, but sometimes you just need a taxi. We’ve started using Uber to 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 the code amandab84 to get your first Uber ride FREE!! (Up to $20)

Happy map-making and safe travels!! :) xoxo



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Elke January 15, 2014 at 2:02 am

Hello Amanda,

Thank you for this great tutorial. This will really help to organize trips better!

Elke

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Tom @ Raise Your Garden April 24, 2015 at 6:25 am

This is such an inspirational idea. Just got back from a trip to Charleston, S.C. Wife thought I had all the details of how to get around organized. Wrong! Spent most of the time lost and frustrated. Wasted so much valuable time. Plus, with 2 whining kids. Bad idea. Will do this next time!

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Annapolis Anne January 15, 2014 at 4:11 am

What a great idea — such fun for a scrapbook!

I am looking forward to giving this a try!

Thanks–
Anne

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Charlotte January 15, 2014 at 4:38 am

I always wanted to make a map with dots where all my friends live in my town, now I finally know how to do this! Thank you so much for this post. :)

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Southern Gal January 15, 2014 at 5:47 am

This is great information! If ever I get a smart phone or GPS, I’m going to do this. ;)

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PattiNC January 15, 2014 at 6:07 am

Perfect tutorial!! Thank you for sharing!!

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Anele @ Success Along the Weigh January 15, 2014 at 6:14 am

How did you know I needed to get to planning our trip!? I think this will definitely come in handy for our next vacay. Thanks for the tutorial!

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Adrienne Seal January 15, 2014 at 6:36 am

Perfect. Going on a trip soon and couldn’t figure out google maps. Thx for the help.

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Susan B January 15, 2014 at 7:21 am

O.M.G. Mind BLOWN! Where has this been for all of my travels?! Thank you so much for putting this step-by-step!

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Skrapkitty January 15, 2014 at 7:27 am

I don’t often leave comments although I follow quite a few blogs, but I just had to this time . This is freakin’ awesome! Thank you so much for sharing such a neat and useful tool! Love it!

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Joan January 15, 2014 at 7:33 am

Wow. You gave us family “travel agents” a great road map. Now if you would only teach this “class” for our RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteers) in Guntersville……

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Sally January 15, 2014 at 7:44 am

Thanks so much for this info!!! This will come in so handy.

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Kim January 15, 2014 at 8:18 am

Awesome tutorial! I can’t believe I didn’t know about this. I’ll definitely be taking advantage of this feature for our next trip!!

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Deborah January 15, 2014 at 8:22 am

I’m heading to NYC in a few weeks, and you just planned my trip for me. ;) Thanks!!

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amy Johnson January 15, 2014 at 8:59 am

Wow! I use google maps all the time, but never knew I could do this. Thanks for sharing! I will definitely be using this on my next trip.

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Emily January 15, 2014 at 9:31 am

What a great idea. Thanks for sharing. I’ll definitely be doing this for my next trip!

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Bridget =) January 15, 2014 at 9:40 am

WOW, thank you so much for this!!! how freaking cool!! LOVE IT!!!!! and thank you for the step by step instructions!!!!

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melissa January 15, 2014 at 10:30 am

I am constantly mapping out places when we go on trips but I always added each place as a destination….never knew this feature was available! This will come in so handy. What a great tutorial as well! Thanks so much!

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Teresa January 15, 2014 at 10:37 am

Thanks for this Amanda. But my Google maps looks nothing like this. They’ve upgraded their website? When I do a search for a location, say Monterey Bay Aquarium, it comes up on the map, but I do not get the “save to map” link. It shows 2 buttons in the info pop-up next to the address of the site with only “directions” & “save”. I click save & it just “stars” the location on the map. No save to my maps box pop up or anything…..so I can’t follow the next steps. Would really love to be able to do this, but my google maps is coming up different. Any ideas why? I’m on a Windows 7 machine using Google Chrome as my browser. Thanks for any help!

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Amanda January 15, 2014 at 10:52 am

Hi Teresa! Great question!

To create a map with the new Google Maps click on the Settings button (gear icon) in the bottom right hand corner of the new Google Maps screen, then click on My Places.

From that screen, the map should look like my photos above and from here you can search for locations (like Monterey Bay Aquarium) and add them to your map.

Hope this helps! :)

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Cody Christiansen January 15, 2014 at 11:17 am

This is a FANTASTIC tutorial!! You are amazing Amanda!!

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Angie | Big Bear's Wife January 15, 2014 at 11:34 am

This is so great! I just made one for our upcoming trip to Honolulu! Thank you!

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Teresa Young January 15, 2014 at 11:45 am

Thanks, Amanda! I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a vacation I am planning! (:

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Teresa January 15, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Amanda! Thanks, I got it to work now! This is going to be awesome for our island-hopping Hawaii trip!

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Mary January 15, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Amanda, YOU are a genius! Thanks for another great idea, I can’t wait to try this for my next vacation!

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Tina Hicks January 15, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Amanda,
Thanks so much for this tutorial! I have a hard
time with google maps! You rock girl:)

Tina

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Jaimie January 15, 2014 at 2:36 pm

I had no idea you could do this!! Thank you for sharing!

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Alison C. January 15, 2014 at 2:53 pm

This is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial! I’m a total Google geek, but had no idea you could do this with Maps!

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Christina January 15, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Thank you so much for doing this! I had no idea such thing was possible. It just so happens, I’m also planning a trip to NYC in July, hopefully. This is perfect for mapping out what sights we want to see! Thank you!! <3

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Kim S January 15, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Another cool thing if you have an iPhone is the My Maps app – you can sync with your Google account to show all custom maps like these! So you don’t have to open your browser/use a short URL. Just a little tip from a big fan of custom Google maps!

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Sandy_in_MD January 15, 2014 at 5:47 pm

This is really cool – thanks so much for the detailed step by step instructions!

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Jenny Flake January 15, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Love Love Love your custom google maps!! Can’t wait to put it to use in March, yippee!!

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Nikki @Seeded at the Table January 15, 2014 at 7:56 pm

WOW, Amanda! I use Google Maps all.the.time. and never knew I could do this with it!! Woohoo for your wonderful tips!! Thank you, girl! :)

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Queen Bee January 15, 2014 at 10:20 pm

Who knew?? This is awesome! I just mapped out my trip to Honolulu and Maui for next week. You posted this just in time! Thanks so much!

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Ali | Gimme Some Oven January 16, 2014 at 11:49 am

Wahoo!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to do this. Can’t wait to create some maps of my own!

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Nicole D. January 16, 2014 at 12:44 pm

I love that you put Ess-A-Bagel on your map. When I lived in NYC, I used to go there for breakfast on Saturday mornings. So delicious!

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Nicole D. January 16, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Also, if you like coffee, you can the most delicious cup of Kona coffee at Choux Factory on 1st ave at 48th St. http://www.yelp.com/biz/choux-factory-new-york-2

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Karrie January 16, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Thanks so much for sharing! This is amazing and way cuter than I ever imagined Google Maps could be. Coincidentally, I’m ACTUALLY planning a trip to NYC in MARCH, so this is just brilliant.

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Laura January 16, 2014 at 8:54 pm

WOW!!! My husband and I were just talking about our vacation this summer. This is perfect timing! We’re going to Glacier Nat’l Park and up into Canada… Then back down the Washington and Oregon Coast… We live in Arkansas, so we definitely need a map and a plan. Thank you SO MUCH!!! I’ll get started on our map tomorrow.

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Valerie Goetz January 17, 2014 at 9:49 am

Thanks Amanda! I love your blog! This came in perfect timing as I am researching places to visit in NYC.. I’ve never been and that’s where we are planning our vacation this year! I will be copying your list as I am a baker by profession and love to try new bakeries everywhere I go! : ) Do you have any other must-see places in NYC you could possibly recommend for first-timers? Best (affordable for a week) places to stay? I would appreciate any input you could offer! Thanks !!! xox Valerie

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Amanda January 17, 2014 at 10:10 am

Hi Valerie! Here is a list of all my posts about my favorite places in NYC:

http://www.kevinandamanda.com/whatsnew/tag/nyc

I’ve got everything from restaurants, bakeries, hotels, attractions and more! :) Hope this helps! :)

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MaryB January 18, 2014 at 11:25 pm

I always enjoy your blog posts! I’ve been an email subscriber for a long time but for some time the email updates are not arriving. They are not in my “spam” folder. I’m curious if anyone else has had this problem receiving their email updates?

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Caroline L. January 19, 2014 at 1:36 pm

This is legitimately one of the most helpful travel tips I’ve read! Thanks so much! :)

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Kristy Taxson January 19, 2014 at 4:32 pm

This is such a useful and wonderful tool to have!! Thank you so much for the step by step tutorial! I can’t wait for my next trip so I can use this!!!

Thank you!!!

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Sheila January 19, 2014 at 8:42 pm

Oh my goodness I love Ess-a-bagel!! It’s not a trip to NYC with out at least one stop there. I have never made a google map, but now I can’t wait to plan a trip so I can!

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Michelle @ My Gluten-free Kitchen January 19, 2014 at 11:52 pm

I’ve been making maps like this for a few years for each of our family vacations. I love being able to plot out everywhere we are staying, attractions we’re visiting, and safe gluten-free places for me to eat.
It used to be that you could access these saved maps within the Google Maps App on your phone, but unfortunately Google eliminated that awesome feature last year. Since they did that, I’ve been looking for alternate options. I haven’t tried your method of emailing it and opening that way. Can you navigate it pretty easily that way?

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Amanda January 20, 2014 at 2:30 am

It was definitely easier with the app! I loved that feature too. It can be a bit buggy/laggy at times through the browser, but it works the same and it’s definitely better than nothing! :)

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Jamie January 20, 2014 at 11:58 am

love this. saved your map and started my own for my trip to nyc this week. so helpful! i really love your blog and so appreciate your generosity in sharing!

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Jenna January 20, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Amanda,

What causes you to travel so often? Is this for pleasure or is it business-related? I always thought that I traveled quite a bit but you seem to live in hotels more than your house. I’m sure it’s fun, but I think it would be a bit exhausting for me.

This is a cute idea, but Google maps has caused me to get lost more than once. I typically just rely on my GPS. Thanks for the tutorial!

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Ricardo January 26, 2014 at 11:10 am

Thanks, I was needing something like that for my next vacation to Montreal.

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Melissa Sun February 9, 2014 at 9:00 am

Thanks for sharing this! Pure genius! I do have a quick question though…do you know if there is a way to pull up your custom map from the Google Maps app? If you don’t know, no worries…just thought I’d check! Thanks again!

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Ashley February 10, 2014 at 1:35 pm

Hi Amanda, I just created a birthday weekend in Portland for my boyfriend using your tutorial, it was great-thank you! I was wondering once I email it to myself and I can pull it up on my phone is there a way for it to start navigating? Or do I have to put the destination in first for it to navigate? I can see my stops below but if i touch the icon it just takes me to that website…hopefully this makes sense ;-)
Thank you!

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mjm122696 February 20, 2014 at 2:02 pm

After reading about the Kouign Amann (DKA), I had to try them and made them on Xmas Day- talk about a labor of yummy love.
We are planning a trip to NYC in May and while confirming details of Dominique’s Bakery learned of The Cronut! Have you read about them? One of Time Magazine’s Top 25 Inventions of 2013!?!? Only (currently) make 350/day. You can get in line 1 hour prior to opening, or order online two weeks out online. VERY interesting!! We have the order date on our calendar. I can’t wait to try BOTH!!!
Just FYI. Thanks for the Google Map tutorial, if the custom maps gave distances for walking/driving/public transport as mapquest does-THAT would really rock. Thanks a ton.

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Ken March 11, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Quick question – when I attempt to change a pin’s icon, it changes all of my pins to that icon. I can’t seem to figure out how to make them individualized. What am I doing wrong?

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Jean Pierre March 14, 2014 at 12:55 am

hi guys,
I need a tutorial for this kind of application:
– an app that gets my location and shows it with a marker on Google map.
– this app should have a button and when I click on it:
It select from my database nearest restaurants (within any range, maybe 1 miles) and show them with markers on the map.
=>of course restaurants are stored in the database with their names and coordinates (latitude & longitude).

If anyone ever seen any tutorial to do such an app, please tell me.
Thx

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Liren March 22, 2014 at 2:12 pm

Amanda, I have to tell you, this is fantastic! I’m heading back to NYC, where I was born and raised, for my brother’s wedding, but with the kids in tow, I feel like we’ll be playing tourist. I am making my map right now, and this helps SO much! Thank you!

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Roger April 6, 2014 at 9:25 am

That URL is not working for me. I get this msg:
This feature is not supported in the new Google Maps, so we’ve temporarily switched you to classic Google

Any idea what this means?

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Amanda April 20, 2014 at 2:48 pm

It stills work, it just means Google may change the way the maps look in the future. They are updating their maps interface. Hope this helps!

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Allane Milliane April 23, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Hi Amanda…thank you so much for sharing this great tip!! Sure I will use it sometime soon on my blog!! :)

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Megan Steva May 21, 2014 at 11:09 am

What a great tutorial! Thank you so much for putting this out there. I will be using it on all my future trips. I’m fairly new to your blog, and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorites!

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Gwen May 27, 2014 at 10:51 am

This was very helpful – for all the steps that I ran stuck on (e.g., open a new window to see the map), you had the answer – thank you!

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mark June 15, 2014 at 10:08 pm

great help. Is there a way to now plot and graph the roads you would take to each place on the map, maybe in different colors ?

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Ellen June 17, 2014 at 8:08 pm

Great tutorial, Amanda! I was getting really frustrated making my map but your tips made it super easy. Thanks!

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vickie July 14, 2014 at 7:18 pm

This tutorial is very easy to follow! Thanks for sharing it. But I’m having trouble –I can’ t get it to show the “edit” button so that I can change the little pins to other things. Can you help me with this?? thanks!

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Randy July 21, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Hello

I was wondering if it was possible to have around 500 pins on a map at one time? I tried it adding them but eventually they got automatically split into two pages once the list of locations got too long. I want all the locations on one map instead of carrying over the rest onto a second map.

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The Armchair Parisian September 16, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Found this (great) tutorial last night and got started on a map for an upcoming trip. Today, when I came back to work on it more, the map is still there, but now when I input a location, I am no longer getting the “save to map” choice (I am just getting “Directions” and “Search Nearby”. I have Googled my heart out looking for the fix with no luck – any ideas?? May thanks!

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Daisy September 17, 2014 at 5:41 am

I have created google maps before (using this awesome tutorial!) but when I tried to edit them tonight, I had the same issue. There is no longer a “save to map” option in classic maps. Google is transitioning to the newer My Maps/Map Engines. If you use that new version, the “save to map” option is there but there are some drawbacks. You can no longer add your own image for each pin, and google no longer automatically includes a street view image of the location. Really annoying!

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The Armchair Parisian September 17, 2014 at 9:20 am

Agreed – annoying! Figures they changed it the day after I spent hours the day before creating a map. Now I guess I’ll have to figure out how to access the new “Maps”, then how to export/import that map so I don’t have to do it all over again. ::sigh::

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Jack September 18, 2014 at 5:48 pm

Thanks for such a useful tutorial. Quick question: How did you save your map as a .jpg (as it is shown on top of this tutorial)? I cannot find an option to save the edited map as an image. I tried with a screenshot but then (after cropping all those mini-windows on the map) I lose a big part of the map and it doesn’t look as nice and as neat as yours :( Thanks!

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Dennis September 24, 2014 at 9:15 am

Why isn’t the location icon (to find your current location) present on the map when looking through the link on the iPhone? So, essentially I can see what pins I am near when on my trip. Any help, greatly appreciated!

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Saffronstays October 27, 2014 at 1:18 am

a great content here for the customization of the Google map. This is so much useful for the people who are traveler or making a plan for the tours. By this Google map customization you can get the way of your destination quickly.

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Jennifer January 23, 2015 at 4:23 pm

Love this. We are getting ready to move into an RV and travel the us for a few years and i want a way to put all the stuff i randomly red about on a map so when we are driving i get to see the stuff!. Do you know if you can tie this and open it up under your google account on your android?

Thanks Jennifer

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Jen February 3, 2015 at 8:24 am

Help! Can you please do another tutorial? They changed Google Maps, and I can’t figure it out!

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Christy March 18, 2015 at 10:25 am

I second Jen above – I CANNOT figure out the new Google Maps. If anyone can, you can! It would be much appreciated!

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Amanda March 20, 2015 at 9:10 am

Christy & Jen –

This isn’t perfect, but it may work for you.
1. Use Google Maps Engine to create your map the same way that you used to.
2. When done, click on the icon that looks like 3 dots stacked on top of one another (it’s to the right of “Add A Layer” and “Share”), and select “Export to KML”.
3. Save the KML file and email it to your phone.
4. Download the app “Maps.ME” to your phone and open it to make sure it’s working.
5. Then open the email where you send yourself the KML file from your Google Map, and open the KML file using Maps.ME app.
6. This will import all of the things you saved on your map, including any paths.

What this WILL DO:
It will allow you to use the Google Map you’ve made via the Maps.ME app, and includes GPS that works even without a phone signal (perfect for if you’re out of the country). I find that Maps.ME also seems to be a lot faster than either the Maps or My Maps apps from Google. It also will import any notes that you’ve attached to your markers in Google Maps (so if you made a note that somewhere on your map opens at a certain time, this will save this info for you).

What this WON’T DO:
The biggest drawback is that this won’t allow you to search for a place (at least not that I’m aware of), so you need to have everything that you need to find on your map. This also won’t import any styles from your Google Map. So if you’ve used any special icons to differentiate between things on your map, those will be lost.

This isn’t perfect, but it might be a better solution that trying to suffer with the awful My Maps app that Google has launched.

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Neil March 31, 2015 at 7:44 pm

This is such a useful and well done tutorial, until Google changed the entire application! It is so annoying that Google changes their most useful applications and makes them worse. We can only hope that one day they will begin to listen to their customers.

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DM April 21, 2015 at 1:04 pm

This is great info. I’m totally downloading the app. Some apps are just worth the $$. (Like my weather app.) Question, though: What is the “Layer” feature? How does that work? Do you know?

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Amanda April 21, 2015 at 1:08 pm

I haven’t used the Layer feature much, but I bet it’d be great if you wanted to make a different layer for each day of the trip. That way you could see everything you’ve got planned for the day all in one place without the other pins cluttering up the map.

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Marjorie @APinchOfHealthy April 26, 2015 at 3:08 pm

This is SO great! Part of the fun of traveling for me is planning ALL the things I am going to do. Mapping it out just takes it to a whole other level!

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mythicalspace May 5, 2015 at 4:22 am

Thanks a lot.
Great post on describing how to write map notes online on the web browser and mobile phones.

For users who also want to write map notes on mobile phones when you do not have an Internet connection, think the Appxis mobile app (www.appxis.com) is a great help as it allows users to download offline maps of any place in the world and write map notes easily on the move both online/offline too.

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mythicalspace May 5, 2015 at 4:25 am

Thanks a lot.
Great post on describing how to write map notes online on the web browser and mobile phones.

For users who also want to write map notes on mobile phones when you do not have an Internet connection, think the Appxis mobile app (http://www.appxis.com) is a great help as it allows users to download offline maps of any place in the world and write map notes easily on the move both online/offline too.

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harvey May 27, 2015 at 7:23 am

Google:
While I see the uses of your new map foremat, I miss not being able to adjust the route using the click & drag method previously available. I lead motorcycle rides and I had used the old Google mapping to keep the rides on the back roads and away from the high speed highways. Would love to have Google consider giving users the option of selecting highway and off- highway routing.

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Glenn June 5, 2015 at 12:36 am

Maybe the MyMaps has some features that the regular google maps doesn’t have like ability to add pics and what not, I’m not sure. I’m going on a motorcycle trip and will be using bluetooth headphones. What I want to do is create a map or more precisely a route and have maps or my maps, navigate me using the route that I have defined. I cannot find anything that allows me to do this? Is My Maps or Google Maps able to do that? If not, do you know of an app that will do that. Going on back roads and scenic routes, the navigation tool would never ever select the route that I would typically create. It’s great for going from point a to point b in the shortest point with a couple of options.

Thanks in advance!!!

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Denise June 27, 2015 at 8:03 pm

Thank you for taking the time to post this tutorial.
Looking forward to using the map on vacation.

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Zach June 28, 2015 at 10:31 am

Amanda,

Great post! I’m glad I came across it. I’ve been traveling for a couple of months now and have been frustrated with the lack of features with google maps. Before some changes I had multiple maps of places of my hometown so I can remember where they were and also add notes. Recently when I tried doing the same for my travels I couldn’t figure out how to add notes or even create a map. For how many changes and advances google makes it never seems to be explained or a smooth process. They just change things up and let you at it. Anyways, thank you for taking the time to show how I might be able to use maps again, probably my favorite thing google has created.

I did have a question, I’ve bookmarked a lot of spots on my travels, is there anyway to transfer those to a map or layer I’ve created? This would save me a lot of time searching for each place I’ve saved.

Thank you,
Zach

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Valerie Chua July 2, 2015 at 3:26 am

Hi Amanda,

I just wanna say a million thanks for sharing this! I am going to Tokyo, Japan and I was wondering how to plan the itinerary. Initially I was doing a PowerPoint slides by putting in all the places I wanna visit. Then I found it so difficult because I don’t know how far are all these places and how I can arrange them effectively for the 7 days trip. I was thinking it will be great if I have an app that allows me to plot in all the places I wanna go, and tada! a customize map for my trip. Then I found you in Google!! Thank you very much! You are my life saviour! God bless and cheer! :)

Love,
Valerie Chua

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