Getting lost is no fun at all

Especially when you are a lost and tired driver trying to find the way in the night.

You were here, now you are lost.
You were here, now you are lost.

Sometime ago I traveled to Shagamu (Ogun State, Nigeria). I was with my colleague, who had been there a few times in the past. We had to meet with some clients to discuss business and due to some new turns in the discussions, the meeting ended late. So we had to sleep over till the next day (well, Shagamu has no airports).

Being the veteran, my colleague suggested a low-cost hotel where he had stayed on his last trip. So we set off for our lodging for the night. But then we had a problem: it was late in the night and he was having trouble locating the way to the hotel. “How the heavens do you not remember the way to a place where you have slept in before?!” I wanted to ask him, but hey, he was the one driving. Common sense told me not to anger a lost and tired driver trying to find the way in the night – terrible things could happen.

And so we remained on the road, butts and backs aching from sitting all day, for another hour and half. Until, thanks to a peculiar bridge, he was able to correct our course and we found the hotel. By the time we got to the hotel, it was close to midnight.

butts and backs aching from sitting all day
butts and backs aching from sitting all day

We did not bother to set up our next meeting with clients in that hotel so we wouldn’t end up wasting airtime while trying to give directions on the phone. While leaving the next morning, we found out that we should have reached the hotel in less than fifteen minutes the previous night if we had not got lost. So we did not just get lost, we also lost seventy-five minutes of much-needed rest, and butt and back pains prevented us from enjoying the short nap we got. I had been so tired I couldn’t even soothe the pains with a hot bath.

All these just because someone forgot the way to a hotel?
All these just because someone forgot the way to a hotel?

All these just because someone forgot the way to a hotel? If you have been in my shoes, you know how it feels when something little ends up being a big issue. But should we really have to cram such information in our heads? If only there had been an app like Places Diary the last time my collegaue went to Shagamu, we wouldn’t have been lost and in such terrible shape.

Places Diary allows you to save Places using their GPS coordinates and get directions to those places later (it works on android devices). He could have saved the location of the hotel and we would have had no trouble finding it later on our trip. Places Diary’s integration with Google’s Maps and Direction apps make the package a perfect one. We would have just shared the hotel’s location with our clients and set up the meeting there. Places Diary would have given them the needed directions without any intervention from us, and saved us airtime. Download Places Diary from Play Store here.

Screenshot_2015-08-17-21-43-35Recently I almost missed out on a family camping trip. Mom had warned me about being late for family functions but as I had some things to attend to, I was late again and got left behind. But I wasn’t ready to miss out on the fun – I had told my brother to install Places Diary on his phone and share the camp’s location with me. Mom was surprised when she saw me there. Although I wanted to keep my secret guide a secret, my brother spoiled my show (I wanted to treat them to an “angelic guide” story). Everybody installed the app, Mom especially liked it. My brother wants to use it as an invitation system for his birthday party – he only has to tell his friends to download the app, and it’s free. Smart boy he is.

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Really everybody should have an app like this, it makes life much easier. There is no need burning airtime giving or asking for directions through phone calls, especially in countries like Nigeria where the addressing system is awful. And you don’t have to keep the list of all the places you’ve been to in your head. Getting lost is no fun at all, trust me. Download the app, it’s a great help.

Click here to download PlacesDiary on your Device
Click here to download PlacesDiary on your Device

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