(...)Do you drive to a new place without a gps giving you directions?(...)
Actually, yes. I use printed maps
(...)I for one don't want to be wasting my time trying to find where I want to go(...)
And that's the difference in perception. Exploration can be a very thrilling, entertaining experience. That's the reason there's plenty of books and stories about famous explorers. And that's part of what some people hope to get from a game a sense of adventure.