If you want to roam
around a country, buy a map in your home country. If possible get one with both
the name of the city in your language, and below it the name of the city in the
local language. You can then point at the city in the natives language. It will
work a lot better than trying to say the word. If you cannot find a map like
this, but the one in your language for reference, but English is always the
best, then when you get to the country buy one in the local language. Better to
have a big map on one page, then an Atlas with a lot of pages. Easier to layout
- Great Reference.: University
of Texas at Austin
Good simple map with facts and data.
Maps - Easy to use and for the novice.
Geonames.org Researcher and Expert planning maps
PDF - Requires Adobe Acrobat
Download onto a thumb or flash drive...
PDF by CIA - Planning map, - Plan a world trip with this map good
United Nations PDF Files
Distance: This is just too cool. It will tell you the miles between 2
points on the earth. Also tell you the longitude and latitude of your home city
or the one you want to visit. Indo.com/distance/
I use this more when I have time.
World66.com/myworld66/visitedCountries Make a map of countries you have
Andy on Essential Knowledge of World Maps
Maps are the core of travel, you need a map.
If you wish to learn where all maps start the United States Government
creates maps, then most of the world copies from them.
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--- Large University Libraries may be able to explain.
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