Good knowledge how to read maps and compass is essential to fully explore new territories.
When I was a boy scout I didn't inderstand how to use map and compass. As a result I got lost in the woods during summer camps several times. When I attended my public service in the army I still had troubles, but after a couple of months training I could make the right combination between a detailed map, the compass and the terrain.
Later, doing my divers' test, swimming under water with a compass was suddenly very easy. So the lesson I learned was allways to be patient, eager to learn, do not quit to soon: in the end perseverance pays out.