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When you’re not getting out much

It’s been a while since I wrote a post about maps. I have this bookmarked for those times when I want to take a look around – the country, the province, the country, the world … randomly.

I think that most people use Google Maps to plot out and discover many trips. There are others but this remains the best.

Especially when I’m headed to a new place, I kind of like to know what it looks like so that I can easily confirm that I’ve arrived at the right place. For that, I’m a big fan of the Streetview built into Maps. Just drag out that yellow peg person and drop it on a blue line on Maps to see imagery on demand.

Now, having an algorithm is good. But, there are times when Random is better. You just get to discover and learn more. To help that cause, check out MapCrunch.

Explore the world via Google Street View. MapCrunch teleports you to a random place in the world. Discover the vast array of imagery captured by Google in 50 countries, featuring spectacular scenery, magical moments and the utterly unexplainable.

The site lives up to its billing.

At its simplest, just visit the website and you’ll land at the View of the Day. As I write this post, I’ve landed in Mongolia. By clicking on the green Go button, you’ll be transported to a random Street View, as advertised.

If you’re not overly adventurous or more particular, check your country of choice.

For the more particular, display a particular area in the map area to get pictures from around that starting point.

If you’re a lover of maps or geography or just the unknown, make sure that you set aside a goodly amount of time to explore.


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