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Old 03-28-2005, 10:58 AM   #1
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I should probably be putting this in the Dumb Questions thread.

I have a pretty good sense of direction, haven't gotten myself lost yet, just the occasional scenic detour. But when I see posts where people have a hard time finding the entrance to their hostel and I think of winding, narrow streets with landmarks and street signs in a foreign language; I think maybe a gps would be handy. Or would walking down the street with a $200 electronic map in your hand scream 'rich tourist, please mug me' ?

Does anyone use one in their travels? If you do, which one do you use?
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Old 03-28-2005, 11:00 AM   #2
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if i wasn't a broke ass i would love to have one, but i also don't wander the areas where i would need one much either, which is many because i am a broke ass.....man, being a broke ass sux!!!

but anyways....hell, if you have one and feel odd using it just uh, send it this way
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I usually just print out maps of where I'm going at Maporama.com. If it weren't for their nice, detailed maps, I probably would have never found my hostels in Paris or Barcelona. Also, better than spending $$$ on a GPS device, I have international calling enabled on my mobile, so if I get lost, a few 99-cent calls to hostels or wherever turn out to be far cheaper in the long run.
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I've got a GPS unit from Garmin and I use it for hiking and backpacking.Let me tell you it's saved my life a few times on extending dayhikes.I don't think that it would be a good idea to bring one along on any trip other than camping and hiking in the woods,just fro the fact that it's a high ticket item and it might get stolen on you.But if you keep it low key it might just be able to help you out in your travels.
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Old 03-29-2005, 11:21 AM   #5
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true about the getting it nicked but it would be cool to have if you got lost, find your hostel very easily, i hate walking round for and hour looking for one
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i was just about to post this very question, good work dude. I thought a GPS would be an excellent idea, just put your hostel in as a waypiont, go walk about for the day, then when u want to get back just switch on the GPS and let it guide you right to the front door. However, i don't own one, would it be worth buying one. I have a terrible sense of direction in big cities.
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Come on GPS!!!? your traveling looking for experiences, stories, YOU DONT JUST WANNA GO FROM POINT A to point B, you wanna go from A TO C maybe find a local and sleep with her at D and then finally reach B. I could understand if you were on buisness but your traveling. LET THE ADVENTURE begin.
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i take your point blake, but you don't always want to spend 5 hours looking for the hostel you booked it is a pain in the arse, i guess you just have to not use the GPS all the time just in dire need
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Originally posted by Blakeimus@Apr 4 2005, 09:01 PM
Come on GPS!!!? your traveling looking for experiences, stories, YOU DONT JUST WANNA GO FROM POINT A to point B, you wanna go from A TO C maybe find a local and sleep with her at D and then finally reach B.* I could understand if you were on buisness but your traveling. LET THE ADVENTURE begin.
I agree on one leval but I also Agree with butter's last post, I think that it would be kind of neat if you could just put in your backpack and leave it be the whole trip so when you got back you knew exactly where you went when you went there and how many miles you went that might be kind of neat but I don't think that you can leave them in you backpack and they work, don't know I've never played with one.


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I have a GPS i use when I go offroading in the desert. That's the only time I use it though and only because it has alot of the trails on it and if you arent careful you get lost real easy out here. Dang desert makes everything look the same
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i take your point blake, but you don't always want to spend 5 hours looking for the hostel you booked it is a pain in the arse, i guess you just have to not use the GPS all the time just in dire need
This is the kind of reason I was looking at bringing mine with me. Or maybe even if I find something cool, either a place like a buisness or something natural I can someday find my way back to it.

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Anybody know of a certain handheld GPS that is good for backpacking in Europe?
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