For those wanting to explore new countries and enjoy a cheap singles holiday, Google Maps comes as an essential tool to help you see the very best your holiday destination has to offer, from the bustling city centres to hidden spots on the coast. All over the globe, tourists wander the streets with the app open in their hands, assisting them to the nearest hotel, attraction or restaurant. Google is continuing to develop the app, with two new features already launched this year.

Lonely Planet reports that the most recent update is the app’s detailed Voice Guidance feature, which aims to help those with visually impaired vision feel confident to travel. When the feature is activated, it will provide notifications and verbal announcements as the person navigates a city on foot, including confirmations that they are on the right path and warnings if they are approaching a busy intersection.

Business analyst Wakana Sugiyama commented to Lonely Planet: “Frequent updates like these not only help a visually impaired person get from A to B, they can also give us more confidence and reassurance when we travel alone… This may not sound extraordinary to those with sight, but for people who are blind or have low vision, this can help us explore new and unfamiliar places.”

The feature is designed to help those who struggle with low vision in mind, however, Google also hopes it can be used by all travellers, especially those who want to look at their phone less whilst on holiday.

Another new feature which has been added to Google Maps this year is Live View, this uses global localisation and augmented reality to help travellers see their directions even clearer. On the screen, travellers will see live footage of their location along with arrows and directions to help them navigate in real-time.

Google Maps, along with its new features, is a handy tool that’s great for solo travellers looking to explore new countries. Give the new features a go yourself on your next holiday for singles.