I've always been interested in how people navigate from one location to another... probably the result of having a sis who couldn't navigate out of a paper bag and a SO who is in love with his GPS
I always keep a mental map of the entire area so that if I'm trying to navigate to somewhere, even if I've never been there before, I can construct the best route to get there out of knowledge as to how the general layout of the road system goes... if driving somewhere completely unfamiliar (i.e. another city and state that I've never visited) I tend to look at a map once, imagine driving it and then toss it in the back seat and go... I've never been lost
my sis has gps (can't remember how it works no matter how many times I show her/explain it/walk her through), I draw her maps with directions written out as well and she still has to call for directions... she's always been that way much to the chagrin of our parents and any of her boyfriends...
the man KNOWS how to get around in most cases if he's been there before, but still feels more comfortable using the GPS... enthusiastic force meets immovable object when I decide to point out that there's a more efficient way to get there and he is stuck on his GPS
my mother continually consults maps because she's afraid that she WILL get lost (and calls my dad or me for directions to confirm that she's headed the right way... poor lady hates travel!) and my dad operates on approximately the same principle as I do...
how do other people navigate? is it any different if you've been there once before?