Smartphones have improved a great deal in the last few years, and you can get help with navigation from apps like Google Maps, but for real peace of mind you need to invest in a GPS navigation system. The best option is going to offer you value for money and provide reliable directions. With the best worldwide coverage, in terms of maps, Garmin is a name you can trust, and the Nuvi 50 is very affordable at $140 for the basic version pre-loaded with maps for the lower 48 U.S. states.
Garmin Nuvi 50 — Photo courtesy of Garmin
The Garmin Nuvi 50 offers turn-by-turn voice directions via a clear and easy-to-use interface. Little extras like the speed limit indicator, lane assist, junction view and real world road signs, take the stress out of driving on unfamiliar roads. This plastic device has a 5-inch touchscreen, and the icons and menu options are very clear. The directions are generally very accurate with street names displayed at the top of the screen and plenty of notice of any upcoming turns.
You can also buy additional map packs for South America, Europe, Australia, parts of Africa and beyond. Another great thing about this GPS unit is that you can also buy topographical maps for off-road exploration and even on-the-water maps for adventures on the lakes. Additional map packs can be expensive – you’ll find the majority cost between $50 and $100. The Garmin Nuvi 50 offers a complete solution for most travelers at a reasonable price, and you’ll struggle to find a better GPS in this price range.