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Maps, Calendars and other Linchpins

Updated on December 9, 2014

Maps, Travels and Great Holidays

With a map you can locate almost any place on earth and without it we could quickly get lost, disorientated and confused. Travel the world without getting lost.


A map is the way to see the shape of a country, a city, or even a continent. You can find streets when you are driving or navigating a suburb. Find your way from city to city and across country expanses. You can also tell the population size, type of cities, type of country and, lo and behold, there are weather maps to tell you where and when it will rain, snow, flood, be in drought, and so on. In fact maps have become so important to the modern world that without them we would be hopelessly lost.

Now navigation is a lot easier with global positioning available to most new cars and as an additional accessory for older vehicles. Its simply a matter ot keying in you destination and following the map displayed on your dashboard to get there. But there are so many new innovations in maps and their ability to pinpoint with great accuracy any house address in the world that targeting such a premises is now almost an invasion of privacy.

But most people have little use for maps if they are not traveling. In years gone by and in most countries it was not normal to travel far as transport was slow and you could always ask your way. The old horse drawn coaches took well known trails and horse back riders simply followed those trails to find their way around. Then trains would easily take you to your destination ever since the late 19th Century as too aeroplanes since early 20th Century and so on. Before that people would hardly venture beyond the boundaries of their region except to go to market or visit a neighboring village. But this hardly required a map. The industrial revolution and discovery of new lands overseas also brought change and a greater need for maps.

But maps were around, apparently from some 2-3000 years ago or even longer as observed on clay tablets from Babylon and elsewhere in that region.

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The Rise of the Humble Map

"Cartography is the art and science of making maps. The oldest known maps are preserved on Babylonian clay tablets from about 2300 B.C. Cartography was considerably advanced in ancient Greece. The concept of a spherical Earth was well known among Greek philosophers by the time of Aristotle (ca. 350 B.C.) and has been accepted by all geographers since. cited James S Aber (

Historical maps are often reproduced to show the world as early explorers saw it. In the early days of exploration continents were only impressions of expectations rather than what was really there. The art of actually mapping a continent and recording the ins and outs of it was probably not such a major consideration until the New World was discovered by Columbus and it became necessary to mark in rivers, tributaries, landscape markers and so on, so that others could find and navigate their way around these new places.

Then came major discoveries in the Pacific Ocean including Australia, New Zealand and the many islands. These maps were vital for navigation as avoidance of coral reefs, small islands and shipping hazards were essential for sailors.

In the 15th Century the printing press was invented and maps could be mass produced and accuracy was even more important as they were then sold and the onus for a map's accuracy fell onto the shoulders of the distributor. This put pressure on map makers in general and accuracy and attention to detail meant navigators, like Matthew Flinders and Abel Tasman, would spend years away from their families to charter new lands. They often gave their lives in pursuit of this.

Some of their maps are reproduced and can be purchased online from the company below. They also stock all kinds of maps from historical events as well as location maps, street maps, and so on.

As industry leaders in the online marketplace, has status as The Largest Online US Map Store (Alexa ranking February 2006) with 10,000 products available, including Wall Maps, Globes, Atlases, Online Mapping Tools and much more. Also has useful and fun content-driving directions, as well online world atlas, plus interactive map games. Company proudly provides products and information to millions of visitors.

Trabelling overseas? Then you need the right airline. This company offers mumerous destinations with frequent flights to over 900 destinations. Before you travel you must check them out for price, quality of service, destination and things like hotel bookings, advice on travel within a country, car hire, places to see and so on.

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How important are maps to you

Do you use maps to find your way in strange areas

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Using a map

The New Maps

Of course now we don't need cartographers or sailors to go out and sail around the world to bring back an image of a coastline. Now it is all done by satellites.

You can get great satellite maps from this company.

Its mission is to enhance and produce awe-inspiring images of earth. No longer the sole property of the scientific community these satellite images of earth's magnificent landscapes are available to the general public as well as the topographically enhanced maps of the world's natural wonders. The company aims to enhance the ownership and care of the world that we all delivering the beautiful artistic designs to everyone

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Modern Technology and Satellite Images

The technology behind the cameras of today's digital variety and the implementation of Satellite images, that is images of earth taken from space, is unbelievable. The early explorers may have hoped that they could get high enough above a scene to map it properly but they were reliant on stars and measurements taken from ships and shore to plot the shape, size and type of country they found.

Today's images are so exact, so invasive that no one could possibly have any privacy outside of their own home or within another building. Even then, big brother may be watching.

There can be no element of surprise now that this huge development can follow what is happening in every country. Weather changes, violent ground eruptions, mass migration of humans, animals, even fish, can all be tracked. Most of all troop movements, if such a thing is still employed, war machinery relocation and weapons of mass destruction cannot be hidden away unless deep inside the earth.

We have come a long way from the days of explorers like James Cook, Matthew Flinders, Christopher Columbus and so on. Now everything can be precisely measured, monitored, checked out and reported on the instant there is a change. These are the maps of now, not the future, and they are helping to drive ships to avoid collisions at sea and for pinpoint placement in a port. They are helping drivers to find their way to individual addresses through a simple screen on their dashboard They are helping pilots to navigate in the dark and for planes to fly and land unmanned.

Its all the here and now and its exciting, awe inspiring and its the twenty first century.

From Google Satellite Imaging

Holidays that Are More Enjoyable

And more accessible

The new maps and satellite imaging makes many of our activities safer and more enjoyable and none more so than world travel. Because we know that ships, planes, trains and other forms of transport are guided by satellite imaging and that all are so much safer as well many are tempted to take to the sea and sky for holidays.

When you arrive at your destination you have to have somewhere to stay and that's where travel can become a bit tricky if you don't have the right agent to plan things for you. This alone has seen many new companies come online to make that holiday you dreamed of a reality but a word of caution. Deal only with those that are recommended by reputable people who keep an eye on things for you.

My niece recently planned a wedding in Italy for her daughter and the immediate family were all going. It involved a lot of planning and a travel agent. She paid $20,000 up front to secure a booking on the wedding venue only to find out a while later that the company she booked with had suddenly gone out of business and so had her money.

The companies recommended here will not do that to you. They have stood the test of time and are regularly checked out by the agent who handles their affiliates and by the affiliates themselves, many of whom have represented them for many years. We also get to know their directors and managers.

Here are a few I would like to recommend .If you plan to drive get your maps from the above companies.

Guests (Travelers) use iStopOver for Home Rentals. That is they find accommodation in someone's home instead of you paying high hotel rates. That means the price is usually well below that of a hotel room.It also represents real value as you have extra money to spend on your holiday and not your accommodation. Aside from that enjoy peace and avoid competing with other guests, noise and you have the opportunity to "live like a local".

This company is your source for World Cup Accommodations. A comfortable alternative to hotels during South Africa's busy 2010 event. B&B style accommodations, rented directly from home owners Over 32 countries are represented and folks from each one of them will be vying for accommodation. So be smart and ask this firm to supply you with the best and most affordable and close to the action. You can even move around staying one or two nights here and there.

Winter Olympics 2010

World Cup 2010 Venues

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    • kathysart profile image


      6 years ago

      Hi honey! Thanks for including me and thanks for all your support on my lenses and creativity. Happy day! Angel blessed and liked of course!

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      6 years ago

      Very interesting and thank you so much for featuring my Asian Hotel Review Lens

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      7 years ago from Canada

      My husband has been busy visiting Google maps and printing off maps for our travels into the US later this year. You are definitely bang on with this article on maps and their importance.

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      ChrisDay LM 

      7 years ago

      Having a holiday without a map is, well, an oxymoron.

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      7 years ago

      Thanks for featuring my Livermore Valley Wine lens. Which reminds me ... there are so many new wineries, we need a new map!

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      7 years ago

      Just thought I would stop back and say that I lensrolled to my travel lens - and dropped some Angel Dust for good measure, too!

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      7 years ago

      I'm still a lover of the traditional paper map. Since I am visual by nature, seeing something on paper helps me orient that North South stuff in my travels. Nice presentation and lots of good info. Thanks for including my Funny Calendars lens, too.

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      7 years ago

      I don't have a GPS yet, so I still use maps a lot!

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      8 years ago

      I'm grateful for the people who take the time and effort to make maps so directionally-challenged people like me don't get lost. Great lens!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Very interesting. I love to look at old maps and in fact I have one hanging over my mantle.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      8 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Great job! I didn't know so much about the "humble map" before. I've always loved maps, so I really enjoyed this (though I wouldn't want to drive anywhere without my GPS now!)


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