There is a big difference between Illustrated Maps and Google Maps that are used for driving directions. The illustrated map uses a technique that shows a city from above. The artist does not use strict scale to draw a street or architectural images and buildings. The map is an artwork where a viewer gains a customary feeling of identification. Google Maps on the other hand offers satellite imagery, 360o panoramic view of streets and real time traffic conditions.

Mobile phones are important when you are going abroad because their GPSis very useful for navigating. However, you have to buy mobile data which can result into large bills. An option is to download Google Maps which can be used to navigate the streets without the need for Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G connection. Offline maps have always been available from Google but it is only recently that you can download multiple maps to the iPhone or Android.

However, even if you can use Google Maps offline, you won’t be able to search for restaurants or hotels unless you go online. Once you find the address, you can navigate using the Google Maps offline. If you are offline, you won’t get any traffic information so that you cannot change routes from what you normally take.

Before you download the Google Map, make sure that the Maps app is open and you have signed in on the Smartphone or tablet with GPS. Downloads can take at least 500 mps depending on road density. There is no limit to the amount of maps that you can download but it can be restricted by your phone’s internal storage. When you are searching for a place to visit, you can simply scroll down the map. When you find the place, you can zoom in to see individual roads.

In the past, artists have to climb trees or mountains to be able to create Illustrated Maps from a favorable vantage point. The illustrated map of a business center can be an interesting subject of conversation inside the boardroom because the representations can be whimsical or realistic. Each illustrated aerial view will include whatever the client wants to deliver a more realistic feeling.

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