Planning a trip from Point A to Point B may not seem like such a difficulty in our modern world, but most of humanity throughout history would have a different perspective. Until very recently, there were three main forms of transportation: via ship, via walking and via horse. While this in and of itself could be inconvenient, there was also the added responsibility of maintaining course to ensure that a wrong turn or lapse in judgement did not lead to potentially hazardous consequences. Relatively recent developments have made it possible for just about anyone to identify where he or she is using satellites and any one of a number of gadgets. While hand-held GPS devices may not have the versatility of smartphones and tablets, they do possess a more advanced and valuable GPS system and steadier satellite connections. In the following article, we will discuss three of these GPS devices and how each one can help you at sea, on land or in the air.
Garmin eTrex 30
Known for its extensive line of GPS devices, Garmin has developed a powerful companion for hikers, hot air balloon enthusiasts and skiers alike with the Garmin eTrex 30. With wireless unit-to-unit transfer, preloaded worldwide base maps and the ability to access satellite imagery, those in need of a bird’s eye view can quickly ascertain all the relevant geographic features in their vicinity. Any and all data can be transferred via USB connection, and the large 2.2” TFT display ensures that users will be able to easily see the path forward while having the ability to grasp this unit with just one hand. Available from several retailers and the manufacturer for approximately $275, the Garmin eTrex 30 is a solid hand-held GPS device that can be of great service when separated from civilization.
Magellan eXplorist GC
A value GPS hand-held device, the Magellan eXplorist GC can be purchased online for $150. Designed with geocaching in mind, the GC is designed for those who love to use GPS coordinates and clues to go on treasure hunts. As soon as you take the unit out of its box, you can turn it on and go, as it comes loaded with the most popular geocaching sites in the world and can store up to 500 waypoints at once. The device uses two AA batteries and can provide up to 18 hours of tracking fun. Users will be able to easily find locations thanks to its crystal clear 2.2” TFT screen and will not have to worry about drops, as the device is shock-resistant.
Garmin Edge 200
Perfect for those who may enjoy hot air balloon rides, cycling or other forms of speed-based GPS fun, the Garmin Edge 200 is a great entry level solution that will provide users with information on speed, time travelled, distance travelled and the average speed of the trip. This unit can easily be attached to a bike thanks to the included mounts, or carried in one’s pocket for easy access. Currently available for $150, this GPS hand-held may not be a great solution for hikers, but it is a perfect unit for those who need basic details about their journey.
The author of this post, Nancy Baker, is a freelance blogger who often writes for Cloud 9, a company providing hot air balloon tours and rides in Australia. She is a voracious reader and she enjoys catching up on her favorite novels when she gets free from work.