A base map helps you to orient yourself in space, check that your layers are situated in the correction location, and understand your field sites better. We’re going to use Open Street Map for our base map
Add a base map to your QGIS project as follows:
Layer > Add Layer > Add XYZ Layer...
Your project should look like this:
Look at that! You’ve created your first QGIS project and learned the basics of navigating around the map, and displaying layers - well done