How To Plan A Route On Google Maps

how to create your own map itinerary in google maps

Many do not know about this feature on Google Maps where you can:

  • Create your own Google map itinerary
  • Create map with pins
  • Add descriptions to your bookmarks
  • Plan your routes
  • Share the map with your friends to let them contribute
  • Print your map

After I learned how to create my own maps on Google Maps and pin bookmarks, I never stopped using it in all my other travel planning. It has plenty of features that makes your map everything you ever need when you visit a foreign city. So I thought I would share with you this really useful feature on Google Maps so you can benefit too!

With the ‘Share‘ feature, I was also able to rope in my New Zealand road trip buddies to input their bookmarks and plan my entire road trip on Google Maps, with multiple stops. Damn, you can even print your map.

New Zealand Road trip map on Google Maps
Overview of our New Zealand road trip route on Google Maps

This step-by-step guide will show you just how simple it is to make your itinerary on Google Maps.

How to create your own map itinerary on Google Maps:

1. Go to maps.google.com.

  1. Click ‘Menu’ on the top left button > click ‘Your Places’ > click ‘Maps’ on the 4th tab > click ‘Create Map’.

  2. Search your destination on the search bar > click ‘Add to map’ on the bottom left of the pop up on the map, and the destination goes to an Untitled layer on the left side.

There are several additional features to make your map more readable.

Additional features:

  1. Add descriptions for each landmark you’ve bookmarked. It will appear under the title of your pin.

How: Click on the pin that you have bookmarked > Click ‘Edit’ at the bottom of the pop up.

Add description for bookmarked pins
Add description for bookmarked pins
  1. View the list of pins and descriptions in an organized spreadsheet. You can choose to copy this into your own spreadsheet and print it out for easy reference when you are on the go.

How: At the top of your layer on the left panel, click on the 3 grey dots on the side > Click ‘Open data table’.

View landmarks and descriptions at one glance on Google Map.
View landmarks and descriptions at one glance on Google Map.
  1. Colour code your pins according to different categories e.g. Food, Parks, Viewpoint, Shopping, etc. This makes your map look less cluttered and helps you plan the rest (food) stops in between attractions!

How: Click on the pin that you have bookmarked > Click ‘Style’ at the bottom of the pop up.

colour code your pins on Google Map
Colour code your pins on Google Map
  1. Find directions from Point A to B.

How: Click on the pin that you have bookmarked > Click the 4th icon, ‘Directions to here’ at the bottom of the pop up. Input your start/ end point.

Find directions on Google Map
Find directions on Google Map
  1. Delete a pin.

How: Click on the pin that you have bookmarked > Click the 5th icon, ‘Delete feature’ at the bottom of the pop up.

  1. Create different layers for when you want to create different maps and want to show/ hide certain groups of destinations. This is useful if you want to have a separate itinerary daily and have your map looking more organized.

How: Click ‘Add layer’ on the left panel, under your map title.

  1. Share your map with your trip friends so they can view your itinerary and contribute too!

How: Click ‘Share’ on the left panel, under your map title.

  1. Print your map for ease of convenience when you’re on the go

How: Beside your map title on the left panel, click on the 3 grey dots on the side > click ‘Print map’.


I hope you found this guide useful! You can use Google Maps to plan your trip with multiple stops. You can make use of this Google itinerary map maker to see at a glance how far each attraction is from the next by creating map with pins. This can help you plan which attraction should be done together in a day and which others should be done on another day. Google never disappoints, aye?

In my next post, I share how you can export your Google maps to your PHONE and use it OFFLINE. I was blown away when I found out of this feature. Never again do I have to input these bookmarks manually on any phone apps.

Drop your comments below if you need further assistance on creating your own map!

Do you use this feature on Google Maps? How did you find it? 

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15 Comment

  1. I love making Google maps for my trips! I find it so much easier to plan when I know exactly where things are and what they are (and aren’t) close to. I never thought about colour coding though – will definitely be doing that in the future to distinguish my cafes and restaurants from my sightseeing pins!

    1. Well that’s just me being too organized (sometimes for my own good). 😛 Others do find it a hassle to do so!

  2. This is so helpful! I didn’t know you could do this. I’ll definitely be making a map itinerary for my next trip!

    1. In my next series I will be sharing how you can export this map to your phone and use it offline. Subscribe to the blog so you won’t miss the post when it’s out! 🙂

  3. Renato says: Reply

    This is so useful. Thanks a lot.

    1. In my next series I will be sharing how you can export this map to your phone and use it offline. Subscribe to the blog so you won’t miss the post when it’s out! 🙂 Definitely a very useful tool.

  4. Paul says: Reply

    I never knew you could do anything like this, really useful and something we will be doing in the future! Great tip!

    1. Yes I’ve never stopped going back to this tool when I plan for my travels now. Extremely helpful to have a bird’s eye view of the attractions. In my next series I will be sharing how you can export this map to your phone and use it offline. Subscribe to the blog so you won’t miss the post when it’s out! 🙂

  5. Alex says: Reply

    This is really cool and extremely helpful. Thanks for sharing!

    1. In my next series I will be sharing how you can export this map to your phone and use it offline. Definitely useful when we’re always on the go and navigating around. Subscribe to the blog so you won’t miss the post when it’s out! 🙂

  6. What a cool idea. When I have more time I’m going to check this out.

    1. It’s a huge time-saver when I plan my itinerary with this tool. In my next series I will be sharing how you can export this map to your phone and use it offline. Very useful for navigating around. Subscribe to the blog so you won’t miss the post when it’s out! 🙂

  7. This is great, I didn’t know you could do this! Will have to give a try in the future!

    1. Hi Tom! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      You really have to use it! Huge time-saver. In my next series I will be sharing how you can export this map to your phone and use it offline. Very useful for navigating around when you’re in a foreign country. You can subscribe to the blog so you won’t miss the post when it’s out! 🙂

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