Maps are brilliant. I could look at them for ages. So many countries and places to wonder about and crazy names of towns/cities to study. I had a map of the world on my bedroom wall as a child and mum used to get me to practise capitals of countries, flags and their currencies at bed time.
I feel like I’ve not really had the chance to use a map in recent years. Road trips in France are always accompanied with Rhys’s new fancy sat nav. I’ve always had a bit of a gripe with sat navs. I remember when they started to become more affordable and widely available I used to refuse to use them. I called everyone that did use them lazy because they couldn’t be bothered to get a map out. It concerned me that people would no longer have any idea where they would actually be or end up in relation to anywhere else in the UK or the world due to following a little computer!
Don’t get me wrong! I obviously know the positives of having a sat nav; time saving with shortest routes, avoiding traffic and being notified about speed cameras and so on. Slowly but surely my attitude had to change and I accepted that this is the way navigation will be from now on. Especially when I purchased my first smart phone, it was hard not to be tempted by the integrated map/gps system! I realise how old/old fashioned I’m making myself sound in this post but it’s something that still crosses my mind from time to time. I recently found globe beach ball at a second hand market and was really pleased with my 50 cent purchase – until I found a hole right by New Zealand. It deflated immediately, just like the use of maps after the sat nav was born.