Geocaching: An orienteering game and scavenger hunt played on a global scale. Players hide ‘‘ caches’’ around the world for others to find, using GPS co- ordinates supplied online. When you have found the cache, sign the logbook, take your cache prize, and leave a prize for the next geocacher to find. Learn more at Geocaching Australia
GPS Drawing: A game using a GPS receiver to mark your path as you move about, charting your path electronically. You can then download your path using mapping software and, if followed correctly, a picture is revealed.
Valet parking on your phone: If you’ve ever been to a theme park or a shopping centre in a big city, you’ll be familiar with how easy it is to forget where you have parked. One easy way to remember is to use your GPS- enabled smartphone to mark your parking spot on Google Maps, then navigate back to your car using walking directions.
Custom routes: Some GPS devices for your car ( or apps for your phone) come preloaded with software that allows you to browse and download custom routes. Whether you want to drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco or Byron Bay to the Gold Coast, where there’s a road, there’s already a route.
Dinner via GPS: Many GPS devices come preloaded with restaurant ratings for larger cities, while Google Maps often has user- contributed ratings and reviews embedded. So, if you’re not sure where to eat, have a closer look at the options around you for inspiration.
Get off the beaten track: Take a chance and turn off the highway with a trusted GPS device and internet service. You can afford to explore the winding back roads or the scenic route ( also known as ‘‘ lost’’) and rest assured you will always find your way back again.