How can I develop a better sense of direction?
July 28, 2006 3:12 PM Subscribe
I have no internal compass and no inherent sense of direction. When I think north, south, east, west, I have to picture a map of the whole U.S. in order to remember where they all are in relation to each other. At work, statements such as "meet in the south parking lot" bring up no immediate mental image of where that might be. Is there anything I can do to not be lost all the time?
posted by chippie to Travel & Transportation (50 answers total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
I'm actually pretty good spatially, unless the space is bigger than I am. As far as finding my way around in the world, I can read a map very well. But maps aren't always available or convenient, and it's not always possible to consult one and/or carry a compass around without looking crazy (like inside the big office complex where I work or while walking my dog in my own neighborhood, for example). Even if I do manage to find where I'm going once, I have to repeat the route **exactly** about 6 or 7 times to learn it. I almost never know which direction I'm headed without having to REALLY think hard about it. I'm not dumb, but I sure feel dumb when I'm lost. Any tips or techniques I can try to just find my way around a little bit more easily?