One of the amazing things about google maps street view is that it can help you be in a place before you get fhere!
For example when choosing a hotel, you can check out the area to see what it is like. You can find nearest public transportation, restaurants, ATMs etc.
If you take public transport to a new area, you can use street view to pre ‘walk’ from the bus, tram or train station to your hotel or office. Seeing the street and identifying landmarks can give you a high degree of comfort you are heading the right way.
I did this in Istanbul last year and got easily from the airport bus stop to my hotel.