Want to avoid getting lost abroad? We’ve found the best way to navigate through unfamiliar countries is to pre-cache maps onto our phones. We have 2 different map apps we use, MotionX-GPS (iphone) and Locus Free (Android). Before leaving on holiday we pre-load the maps. We use way points to locate our hotel, restaurants, parking, museums, etc. Make sure you zoom in so you can see street names and pre-cache all the areas you think you will be in. MotionX GPS has a good tutorial on how to do this.
The best part about this is you can use your map when you have no cell service. International data roaming can be very expensive and wi-fi coverage can be spotty. Our phone GPS has saved us more than once on trips abroad. We were able to locate an international Hospital in Spain, thanks to our pre-cached maps, what a life saver.