By Jay Lloyd

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. (CBS) — Planning a getaway that combines several destinations?   Remember, savvy travelers do not live by GPS alone!

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Sure, I use a GPS, and Mapquest, Google Maps, InSync, and more — a variety of electronic mapping gadgets and apps.

But when it comes to planning a trip that links together a variety of destinations and finding the best or most interesting routes, it’s time to unfold the old paper map.

Recently I revisited David Amsterdam, who operates Franklin Maps, in King of Prussia, Pa.  His observation hasn’t changed: customers who use only electronics still find that technology leaves a few gaps.

“Are you going to find the place that you want to go? You probably can,” he admits.  “Are you going to get that big picture of where you are, where you’ve been, where you need to go?  Probably not.”

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And for boaters who have abandoned paper charts for electronics, warning: one nearby lightning bolt can really scramble your well-planned course.

But paper maps do have one that nagging drawback: folding them is brutal!


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