This is something I have been questioning more and more often on how pilots do it. So, let's say we are flying on a new location and know very little about it. When flying around and keeping the location of the aerodrome we took off to later return back to it, how do we plan to consider which points to reference and which points represent what when flying?
Might be worth to mention VFR is in practice. Let us assume we do not have a GPS.
As an example where I have been flying I got references like a prison and a stadium that indicates a fly path back to the aerodrome, but I got to know those thanks to my instructor and become more aware of them. But when I think about it, at the start I had no idea. And when I consider way ahead once I have the ability to fly alone, I often think of how will I be able to understand which points references what, how can I quickly understand where I am and what is best for me to try and plan ahead to stay located when in flight.
Apologies if it is really obvious it is still something very recent to me and I have this worry recently. Just though it could be something I could start gain awareness, the sooner the better?
Thank you in advance!