Google Trips your way to a happy Vacay

Making sure your holiday proves to be a memorable one has never been easier, with Google’s new travel app, Google Trips.  It also alleviates the stress of trying to fit everything you may want to do in, especially in a new place.

“In fact, a GoodThink study showed that 74% of travellers feel the most stressful aspect of travel is figuring out the details,” states Google.

Google Trips is a personalised tour guide at the touch of a button.

“Each trip contains key categories of information, including day plans, reservations, things to do, food and drink, and more, so you have everything you need at your fingertips. The entire app is available offline, simply tap the “Download” button under each trip to save it to your phone,” says Google.

The app shows you a variety of day plans featuring the most popular daily itineraries for the top 200 cities globally.

“We’ve automatically assembled the most popular sights, attractions, and local gems into a full day’s tour, all based on historic visits by other travellers. Say you’re visiting Barcelona. You can choose from multiple day plans, like “Eixample District,” which maps out the can’t-miss buildings by Antoni Gaudi, the famous Spanish architect,” adds Google.

But no trip is one-size-fits-all so while working in the popular attractions, Google has kept the functionality of being able to ‘custom make’ your trip, by including the places you already know you want to visit.

How it works

“Say your friends told you that you have to see the Sagrada Familia, and you’re looking for suggestions on things to do around that spot. Press the “+” button in the day plans tile to jump into a map view containing all the top attractions in your destination. If you’re time constrained, you can specify above the map whether you have just the morning or afternoon, versus a full day. Then simply tap and pin the Sagrada Familia to build your itinerary around it.

“Google Trips automatically fills in the day for you. If you want more options, tap the “magic wand” button for more nearby sights. You can pin any new spots you like, and if you want even more, each tap of the “magic wand” instantly gives you a new itinerary with updated nearby attractions like Palau Macaya or Parc del Guinardo, so you can build your own custom itinerary in minutes while munching on your morning churro,” explains Google.

For more information, go through to Google’s Research Blog.

Often keeping track of all your car, hotel, flight and restaurant reservations when you travel can be challenging. “With Google Trips, all your travel reservations are automatically gathered from Gmail and organised for you into individual trips, so you don’t have to search and dig up those emails. They’re waiting for you within the reservations tile, even without WiFi,” says Google.

Vacations are a chance to recharge and experience new places and cultures. “For your next trip, let us help you see all the sights you want to see, without all the work,” says Google.

Alternatives

There are other alternatives on the market such as American-based website, Tripadvisor, that similarly allows you to plan and compile your trip. Other popular sites among travellers include, Worldmate, TripIt, and TouristEye to name a few. The unique functionality about Google Trips though is that it is not completely reliant on manually inputting information into the app, as it draws information from your other Google platforms, such as Gmail, making it a fairly fuss free and forward thinking tool.

So when next you feel the urge to breakaway and travel, why not give Google Trips a whirl.

The app is available for both iOS and Android.



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