It never gets old… I look up to see a distressed person walking rapidly through the doorway, a panicked look on their face with their beloved GPS cupped in their hands, lifeless. It has died in the most inconvenient of times, when they are on the road and far from home and their destination. They have no idea where they are or how to get anywhere. The only thing I can offer them is a sympathetic smile and the offer of, “Would you like for me to help you bury that, or can I offer you some directions or a Georgia map?”
A common question I am asked is if I believe that Georgia will ever stop producing paper maps. I can’t begin to fathom the number of maps I’ve distributed in the 15 years I have been an Information Specialist for the Georgia Visitor Information Center in Kingsland, or the amount of time I have spent educating travelers how to get where they are going with the help of a map. Although a GPS is certainly handy, I doubt that it will ever replace a tangible map. Even with constant advances in technology, a GPS will never be foolproof. There will always be a detour or programming error. Then, there are the operator-induced malfunctions; for instance, somehow the device has been set to French, and you don’t understand how to reset it. Maybe the address you have is a Boulevard and not an Avenue, but your GPS is being selective with the options because you don’t have your information just right.
Fear not. If you are traveling and have found your way to Georgia, stop in a Georgia Visitor Information Center. We can assist you in ways a GPS never can. Apart from maps, we offer discounts for overnight accommodations, a friendly reservation service, as well as a comfortable atmosphere for you and your family to relax in and reenergize. We can persuade you to venture off the intended route and explore a slower road to historical towns filled with Southern charm or adventure-laden attractions. We know stories your GPS doesn’t and can open your trip to endless possibilities, without the irritated tone that comes with a detour. We know where the good food is and the best way to get wherever you are going. Every time.
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Leslie Amerine is a wife, mother and southerner who loves shoes, beaches, live music and discussing all things Georgia.