Given that wifi is so widely available in most places, I don’t usually buy a sim card when I travel. However, this means that if I need to use maps on my phone, I’ve got no chance. While getting lost is fun, eventually you want to find your intended destination. This is one of the best things I learned for travelling so just follow these simple steps and learn how to download offline maps. All you need is wifi and 5 minutes!


I would literally be lost without my two favourite map apps: Google Maps and MAPS.ME. Offline maps is super helpful in any country – even at home when you’re travelling to areas without phone reception (I’m looking at you, Western Australia). The reason I use both maps is because each has its own benefits and limitations. Google Maps allows me to search landmarks as well as specific addresses but only displays a driving route, not a walking one. MAPS.ME is awesome for displaying all nearby landmarks and both driving and walking routes, but you can’t search for a specific address. So, I just use both because it covers all bases and doesn’t cost me anything.

Google Maps: How to download offline maps

Step 1: Find the area that you want to download a map for and click on the bar at the top. Select ‘Offline areas’.

Step 2: Choose ‘Custom area’. Zoom in or out depending on the size of the area that you want to cover. If the area is too large, you’ll need to download various custom areas.

Step 4: Name the offline area and hit save.

VOILA! Map is downloading and accessible offline.

MAPS.ME: How to download offline maps

Step 1: Select the bar in the bottom right hand corner and choose ‘Download maps’.

Step 2: Type in the area that you want to download a map for. Depending on the size of the map, MAPS.ME will either offer one map for the entire country of divide the area into various smaller maps.

Step 3:  Select the map or maps to download.

And that’s it!! Are you an offline maps user too? Do you have any other apps that we should know about? Let us know in the comments below!


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  1. Thanks for sharing the step by step guide of making use of the offline maps feature. I guess this could be really handy when going to a remote location where mobile networks fail to reach on many occasions.

  2. I would be very lost without and google offline maps. Especially when taking the local buses, it can be difficult knowing when is your stop. The maps work even when the phone is in flight mode which means you can extend your battery life whilst exploring.

  3. Google Maps was a lifesaver for me whenever I go traveling. But an offline map is even more convenient. This is great for exploring spots where there is no connection available!

  4. We completely agree with as much getting lost is fun we need to get to destination at some point of time. Google maps have been our best travel mate all through our travels. We hadn’t used Maps.Me until now. Would definitely check it out.

    • Absolutely. MAPS.ME is super useful for seeing viewpoints etc nearby too! I love it for when we’re just wondering aimlessly around and then look on the map to see if something awesome is nearby.

  5. Thank you for these helpful tips! Nothing worse than being totally lost and no wifi. I haven’t heard of Maps.Me so I will take a look – the walking routes sounds very helpful.

  6. valisesetgourmandises Reply

    I agree, these maps are so helpful! We practically never have phone service whenever we travel and rely heavily on offline maps! It saves us a lot of arguing too! haha

  7. Great tips! Like you, I always use Google Maps (and their offline maps) when I’m travelling – I’d literally be lost without it. Especially since I don’t usually have WiFi or use mobile data when I’m out and about, so the fact that I can see the map without them is great!

  8. This trick has saved me so many times! I don’t have internet abroad on my contract so downloading the maps is the main way I get around. Good of you to share this so more people can find out about it!

  9. This is really handy, thanks for sharing. One should have posted something like this since we all need it when travelling, right?. So, good job, useful tips! 🙂

  10. Awesome! I have always used the offline maps on google. They are quite handy in case the destination we visit does not have proper internet connection. However, Maps.Me is something new for me. I shall definitely try it.

  11. I have never tried the offline part of the map. Thanks for this easy tutorial. I might just experiment with it and see if I can save data and yet do the work.

  12. What would I or infact anybody would without Google maps. I have also used the offline maps features and it has been a saviour more than once.

  13. Fabulous tutorial. Have been in a situation where this would have been of such help. Life saviour for solo travel! Thanks for sharing:)

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