GPS - Uses for a world trip


To avoid getting lost, I am taking a GPS. Of course, a GPS by itself is not going to do anything more but detail extremely accurately how lost I am.

In most cases, and for shorter trips, people can rely on regular connections to the Internet or other sources to find the coordinates of places they want to go. Since I would rather not depend on regular access to a phone line, I am taking along a library, on CD, of about 2.9 million places world wide. 

This of course takes up some hard drive space (about 650 megabytes), but it is very slick and extremely accurate. Per country, you can drill down to place names. For each location, a latitude and longitude is available.

This tool will enable me to find little villages, hamlets and towns with a high degree of accuracy. It won't provide the exact road to follow, but will point the way and display the distance to the place I want to be. Then I can meander and roughly follow the GPS until I get to my destination whilst enjoying the scenery, not having to continuously wonder whether I'm on the right track.

Here's a sample of what it looks like.

More info on GPS and it's uses can be found here.


A motorcyclist is traveling the world and realizes he's lost. He slows down and spots a man on the side.  


He stops and shouts: "Excuse me, can you tell me where I am?"


The man says: "Yes, you're on a motorcycle, dressed and packed to ride around the world".


"You must work in Information Technology" says the motorcyclist.


"I do" replies the man. "How did you know."


"Well" says the motorcyclist, "everything you have told me is technically correct, but it's no use to me."


The man on the side says "you must have worked in Management".


"I did" replies the motorcyclist, "but how did you know?"


"Well", says the man, "you don't know where you are, or where you're going, but you expect me to be able to help. And you're in the same position you were in before we met, but now it's my fault."