I’ve recently been reading books that have to do with geography and maps. The Power of Place – Geography, Destiny, and Globalization Rough Landscape by Harm De Blij, The Island of Lost Maps – A true story of Cartographic Crime by Miles Harvey.
When I was a young child, my parents had a collection of the Ordnance Survey Maps, highlighting many parts of England and Wales in one inch to one mile scale. One of my favorite part of travel is in the preparation of the trip. For me this includes studying the maps and geography of different places so I have a sense of scale and what I might see.
Over the years we have used many AAA maps to help plan our trips. Today, we now go first to Mapquest or Google Earth, to prepare for our trips and still I appreciate bringing along a paper map. One never knows when the GPS will fail.
So what does map making and charts have to do with client communications, productivity and time management?
1) Know where you are at all times
2) Know where you want to go
3) Be observant and you will see many things
4) Making geographical comparisons is interesting, but sometimes you just need to enjoy the view
5) Plan for your adventures, you are likely to enjoy them more
Want to know even more about maps and charts? Visit The Map Room blog to get interesting and quirky information.