So many of us are hooked on our GPS devices, relying on them to show us the way and keep us from getting lost while traveling. But many of today’s GPS vehicle receivers can do so much…showing us POI’s…. or Points of Interest. Here’s how to load up your GPS with directions to just about anything you want to find.
I’ve gotten hooked on the POI Factory, a repository of downloadable GPS files that you can install on many of today’s most popular GPS units, like Garmin, Rand Macnally and Tom Tom. Basically, you browse the categories and find Points of Interest you’d like. And then, as you approach them in your travels, you can see them on a map, find and get to them with turn by turn directions.
Here’s another resource… the POI Plaza. This lists POIs from all over the world. Search by countries. It too works with lots of applications and GPS platforms, listing thousands of places and GPS coordinates. Pick the right format for your device and download it to your computer. Then, just plug your GPS unit into the computer and transfer it over.
One more. Download POI. If you couldn’t find files for your unit on the other sites, try this one. Just choose a country, the brand of GPS you have and download what you want. You’re good to go!