If you’ve ever been to Medellin, Colombia, you know it isn’t easy to get around. Especially if you don’t speak Spanish.
Virtually none of the town’s locals speak English (shout out to the locals, though, because all were extremely patient with me), and the city’s street map looks like a handful of spaghetti dropped on a plate. Street names and numbers change around every bend of that pasta—the streets are so convoluted that even local cab drivers rely on GPS.
In short, Medellin is not a great place to be without your cell phone data plan. So on our recent trip there, my wife and I tested out the goTenna off-grid GPS system. The goTenna pairs with a smarthone to provide a topographical map of your location and allows you to create “pins” of destination points.