I’m addicted to Maps! Give me an address and I will be searching for it the second I get onto a computer. I start looking at how to get there, whats around it or how long it would take to get there. If its someplace local, I try to see if I have been by that area before and if I can remember seeing it. Whether its using Street View on Google Maps or Birds Eye view on Bing.com, I have no preferences.
While I did not intend to go to college for Geography, I left after four years with a degree in just that and a minor in Cartography. My first semester, as an elective, I took a World Geography course which got me into the Geography building on campus. It wasn’t too long after that I decided to drop out of Architecture and feed my love of maps by declaring Geography as my new major. After graduating, I found a job drawing maps and have been doing that ever since.
Its great being able to create my own maps at work but I love passing the time by just browsing maps while I am at home. This addiction has sometimes caused me to stay up way too late just searching around a new area but it has also made for some amazing vacations due to all of the research I do before a trip. I look into where is the best place to stay, what to do there and most importantly how to get around (especially when I don’t have a car). Knowing how to get around a city without a car and NO SMARTPHONE, is one of my best assets. Even if I have never been to the city before, I have done so much research that I practically know all the ins and outs of getting around a city. I am also able to jam pack a long weekend with so many sights and experiences it will leave your head spinning. Most recently, I traveled to Chicago for the first time and spent five days seeing everything possible but I’ll save that for a later post.
If you had a three-day weekend, what major US city would you travel too?