As we read the suttas, it’s important that we remember that these teachings were given to real people in real places. And the location of those places are known and can even be visited today. Many suttas begin by telling us exactly where they were given.
To help us get a better picture of where things are happening, you can now download a simple map you can print out and keep close by where you do your sutta reading practice. You can even use it as a bookmark so you get in the habit of checking where the suttas you read take place.
Check out the article Living in the Land of the Buddha to find the downloads.