We received this question today from Gina, who has our App: What benefit is there to have the books when all that can be downloaded for offline content? Here’s our answer, we hope it may help with your decision…. It is a personal choice. I like having the flexibility of both when we hit the road. For me, even though I LOVE our App, nothing beats a paper map to follow when I travel. Although you can download maps on the App to work offline, the books are an excellent back-up.
How do we use both the App and the Book when travelling?
We search the book for our proposed route and sites, then find out more about each site or any changes from the App. Or filter the sites you like on the App and then plan the trip using the book – they work hand in hand. Some couples tell us he likes the App, she uses the book, or vice versa, so between them all is seamless. Find a site you like from the App and if you have the book, you can use the Hema co-ordinates to find it in the book. Once you have found the site on the map pages in the book, you can go to the listings page and at a glance, check out all the other sites in the area. If you have the B4 book with images of camp sites you can visualise all the sites in the area, on one page. It means decision making is easy.
Other customers who have a Sat Nav, also say the books have rescued them – as Sat Navs don’t always take you the best or easiest route. The app and Sat Nav may take you to your destination, but the map pages give you more information, you may not find out on the screen – a stop off the beaten track, a walk, or water hole… The books we see have years of notes in them on different sites, owners and other travellers they have chatted to have added things to see/do when they are in the area – some with contact details of people they have met along the way. We can’t come close to this with an App. The books end up being just as important to travellers as their photos, as a memento of their adventures. PS If you have kids – CAMPS becomes their companion when they travel. They can help decide where to stop for the night, add up distances between stops, or towns. They can learn so much with the CAMPS maps – it improves spatial thinking – their interaction with our world, their reading and gives them perspective on just how big our country is! Read more on children and why maps are important for them.