Sunday, August 7, 2011

Tracking my location: Latitude?

Dear techy friends: I'd like to keep track of where I am on this trip. I don't really want to share it real-time, but it'd be nice to record my lat/long every so often (once a day is fine), even if I don't have internet (italics means that's important!), and perhaps publish it after-the-fact on my blog.

A bunch of apps will track you short-term, like if you're going on a run or a hike. The only one I know of that tracks you long term is Google's Latitude. It wants you to share your location with friends, but I could just not add any friends. The main sticking point is that I'm not convinced that it will work without internet. Any ideas?

Travel update: I'm in Chicago, it's big and exciting, and my friend Erik and I have walked to Intelligentsia, a zoo, and two delicious restaurants; drunk wines that I didn't know existed; and eaten the bellies of two different animals. (at the restaurants, not at the zoo.) It has been a wonderful, and decadent, day.
It is hot here, flat and griddy, and sometimes it rains for serious. I like it.


  1. I love the windy city! When it's not winter of course :)

  2. Do you have a smart phone? If so you could try Trip Journal (, not sure how it does with offline features, but it's pretty neat when it's online.

  3. Thanks for the tip! It seems to record GPS entries online or offline. Now let's see how it does if I leave it on all day.

  4. Did you find a way to do this, Dan? Is there any way for us to track you?

  5. 'fraid not. I can post it after the fact (which I plan to try to do, someday). Don't worry, though; there are so many people everywhere in India that I will generally be fine. If I go on a long hike where I might not see tons of other people all the time, I'll hire a guide. Sorry!