Fun Things to do with a Portable Handheld GPS
So what is all the talk about GPS and why are they so popular? Simply put, they are a very practical and functional device and they are fun to have. Are you just not quite sure what you would use it for? They are great tools that can be used in many different ways. Here are some fun (and useful) ideas for their many uses:
Driving - A GPS device can certainly be used in driving with mapping software to navigate to and from specific destinations. It can get you from one address to another either via the shortest distance, or fastest routes. You can even choose to avoid toll roads, major highways, and get it recalculate a different route than your current one. It can find points of interest near your current location, and find necessities like fuel or restrooms.
Hiking - You can use a portable handheld GPS when hiking to mark trail heads, mark favorite locations along a trail, mark your campsite, track your trail through the backlog, navigate toward previous marked points, and track your speed, distance, elevation, and much more.
Kayaking / Boating - The use of a portable GPS navigator in boating can be used to mark favorite fishing spots, favorite landing points, a great scenic view that you may want to return to, or to navigate to and from your put in spot.
Geocaching - Geocaching is a worldwide high tech treasure hunt game of hide and seek. Players use a GPS to find geocaches hidden by other geocachers who posted the latitude and longitude coordinates on the geocaching website.
Flying - For fun only. While on a commercial flight, you can track how far to your destination, see how high you are, how fast you are going, and even where you are flying over at that exact moment. Please follow any regulations or announcements made about portable electronic devices. Of course if you have your pilots license, your plane is probably equipped with a GPS!
Biking - The use of a portable or handheld GPS navigator is an easy way to keep track of how far you have biked, distance to your destination, speed, average speed, time moving, and time stopped. Whether you are a competitive biker or a casual rider, this is a great way to see your stats.
Vacation / Tourism - Using a portable handheld GPS on vacation is a good way to find places of special interest, find restaurants recommended by others, and to mark memorable places that you would like to return to. It's also good for locating lodging and restaurants near your location.
There are many, many other possibilities for using portable GPS navigators, these are just 7 ways. Once you have one, you will think of ways that will suit you as an individual and will find the way you like to use yours best. And like most people that have them nowadays, you'll also probably find that you won't want to leave home without it and you will wonder how did you ever manage without one?