Map, Schmap

Jetting off to Paris, but don't want to be unfurling cumbersome travel maps on the Champs Elysées? Maybe it's time to ditch your oldfangled maps for a handy new schmap. This innovative, free travel software, downloadable from schmap.com, lets travelers of both the armchair and globe-trotting variety build their own custom destination guides to any of more than 150 cities in the U.S., Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

Co-founded by Britons Paul Hallett and Nick Fletcher in 2004, Schmap boasts a sophisticated mapping engine that combines comprehensive local listings with zoomable, interactive city...