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Google Maps x Local Guides


I wanted to share a new feature that Google Maps recently added that can help organize your favorite spots all in one list!

Google Maps x Local Guides.
Over the summer Google Maps introduced a new feature that will make discovering your city easier!
Whether it's finding hidden gems in your city or marking a few spots that you want to visit while traveling abroad. This new feature makes it super EASY to have everything in a list form. I found this so helpful as a blogger because not only do I love taking photos but I also love trying out new spots around New York City. You're also able to see how far away these places are from each other which is awesome during shooting days to make my time more efficient. On the app you can make a lists of restaurants, cafes, bakeries, rooftops, or whatever you please and are able to share them with friends and family.

Anyone can sign up and become a #LocalGuide. What is great about becoming a Google Local Guide, you can share your favorite places with the world. I mean the best part of discovering a place is sharing it with others, right? You can take photos, write reviews, share a list to make it easier for others to discover new places and also visit your favorite places. While contributing as a local guide, you earn points, badges, and become an authority as a higher level local guide in your city! In this post, I'm sharing three cafes in Brooklyn that I think you should go to whenever you're in New York City. I made a list of some of my favorite places #OnGoogleMaps (click here) to see what places to check out!

How It Works:
Whether you're on the app on the phone or on your laptop/desktop, sign onto google maps.

  • Click on your Menu
  • Click on Your Places
  • Click on Saved
  • Click on + to make a new list!

It's really easy to create a list or multiple lists. You may notice there's already lists made for you like Favorites, Want To Go, and Starred Places. You're also able to have these lists on private or on public; so it's up to you!

As for becoming a Google Local Guide, (click here) to sign up! 

  • Watch introductory video for more information
  • Go to Review a Place to start sharing places that you have visited

After that it's up to you to rack up your points, badges, and local guide levels. It's a fun way to connect with others on the platform and discovering awesome new places you have never heard about!


Brooklyn Cafes.
Woops Bakery (click here) for detailed post!
Devocion
Bluestone Lane


Comment below,
Are you a Google Local Guide?

38 comments

  1. That's so interesting. Mamy times I read opinions of Local Guides on Google Maps, but I never really knew how it works. I will check how to become one too :)

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  2. Wow I didn't know about this new feature of Google Maps! I would definitely give it a try! Thank you for sharing this!

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  3. Wow this is really cool. I know there are different websites and apps to meet locals and they will give you tours but did not know Google does this as well. Thanks for sharing

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  4. Sweet! I did not know that there is such a thing. It will be useful for us since we do airbnb and they are often asking for recommendations. Now we can make a list of our favorite restaurants and maybe also find out what others consider favorites around here and discover more destinations.

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    1. Yes, it's such a great way to share your favorite places in a list form right on google maps!

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  5. You just made me realize that I need to go back and enter more reviews. It is fun to be a Google Guide and see how we help people!

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    1. Yes for sure! I have so many reviews to post as well that I need to catch up on.

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  6. Ooh this is the first time I'm hearing of this! I love the idea!

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  7. defo something I will be looking into.As I am a huge believer in local travel

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  8. Oh this is such great information. I met a traveller this summer who is a Google Local Guide and encouraged me to sign up. Thanks for this detailed blog on how to go forward with this!

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  9. This is so interesting! Google is always so innovative!

    Briana
    https://beyoutifulbrunette.com/

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  10. Never heard of this before. I love that you can plan on more efficient travel because you know how far the places you want to visit are from each other. A competitor to TripAdvisor!

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  11. I love this tool that google has! I use it to explore my own city and discover new places I haven't been to yet.

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    1. Right, I'm just loving this feature and can't stop raving about it!

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  12. Normally, I don't pay that much attention to the tools that google rolls out, but I've really enjoyed this one. We just moved into a new city, and the hubby and I want to explore it as much as possible. Google made this way more convenient.

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  13. We'll have to try this out and maybe even become local guides. We live walking distance from Universal Orlando so there is plenty to see and do around the house.

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    1. That's awesome, you should def join as a local guide!

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  14. Thank you for sharing this new information. I'll test this in my locality and give it a try to some place new, as well. I'm wondering if I save what other people have shared and access it offline.

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  15. I have not heard of this feature on Google Maps and I used them ALL the time. I need to look into this and take advantage of it!

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  16. Been a long-time Google Guide for our local area, though not super active to be sure. It is a nice feature and certainly helpful. Just another way Google is trying to ensure you never leave their platform.

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    1. Yes, it's a useful platform to have everything in one place!

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  17. I love this! I didn't know anything about this new feature. Makes me want to explore my own city a bit more just to use it!

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  18. That's pretty cool that Google has this new feature. It would be a perfect way to share itineraries with friends. I love the suggestions you have on your guide.

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  19. I didn't even know that google had this feature. It would surely be handy for those that like the Google platform. I will have to check it out!

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