There are not too many people who would fee comfortable hopping in their car or getting on an airplane to set off for a trip without some sort of directions. Luckily, there are many different types of directions available and very easy to obtain.
The most basic directions can simply be gathered by asking someone how to get from one point to another. A person who is very familiar with a particular route could give basic directions that would be easy to follow, but not always completely reliable, if they can not remember specific details about the route, such as the exit number to take off of a freeway, or which way to turn at an intersection.
Other directions can be found online as a person searches for online maps and types in where he or she is traveling from and where he or she is traveling. The search will come up with very specific and detailed directions, including how long it will take to get from one point to the next along the journey as well as how long the entire trip is supposed to take. Of course, there are variables that must be accounted for. Roads may be closed which the directions could not forecast, it may take longer then expected due to traffic or problems along the way, so a person following these directions must be ready for variables.
Other forms of directions come in maps. Generally speaking, maps are the best source for getting directions since they show most roads available to travel on, which gives the traveler a way to plan his or her own route, and account for unexpected problems along the way. If one road is closed for any reason, all the person would have to do is look at the map to find an alternate route.
Maps come in many varieties. There are online maps, which can also be printed up with directions, giving the person the best of both; easy to follow directions with the added benefit of having a map, which usually highlights the path the directions, will take the person. Along with traditional paper maps, there is also a fairly new form of maps called global positioning systems, or GPS, which are electronic maps connected to a satellite. These forms of maps are a good source of directions since they not only show a person how to get to where they are going, but also tells the person which direction they are headed, perfect for those that can easily get turned around.
Obviously, there are many different forms of directions to choose from, each having their advantages and disadvantages. Each traveler must decide which form of directions will be best for them to follow, keeping in mind that it is generally a good idea to have a couple of different options available while traveling and being familiar with them before the trip. This simple practice could save a person time and stress while traveling to unfamiliar locations, making the entire travel experience more enjoyable.