Well first of all don't bother mapping - it's a waste of time. The best thing to do is stay in a smallish area till you know your way around then gradually get more adventurous. You'll be amazed at how quickly you can memorise places. Also of course, the more you play the easier it will get.
Good Luck (I know how you feel!) Fraxinus. steal key from verlakmar e steal key from verlakmar oops! hot damn ignore that lot!