Google is great in the area of mapping, especially with two services on hand: Google Maps and Google Earth. It is the latter that the U.S. giant has just lifted the veil on a new platform that will appeal to backpackers.
Earth Tour Builder is its name, and it will allow you to walk around the world following routes traced by other users. The best is yet to come as the service will also allow you to create your own journeys. Blair Stover has more on the release below.
Before you can enjoy the features offered by Tour Builder, you will first need to install the Google Earth extension for your favorite browser. No worries on that side because the service will walk you through the steps, and it will enable you to download the tool in a few clicks. Once you are done, our beautiful planet will appear, offering all the options that are usually found on Google Earth.
The Tower Builder allows you to create your own treks across the globe. The only thing you need is a Google account. After you have logged onto the service, you can define the different stages of your trip, add photos, add descriptions and build a step-by-step journey. The wizard is very well designed and requires no special technical skills.
With this new service, many things are possible. This is one of the most well thought out and well-designed products that Google has ever came out with and it shows.