Google Will Finish Planning Your Next Trip

Sep 28, 2018

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We know – you’ve good intentions. You catch a whiff of inspiration, fire up your favorite search engine, and start planning what will undoubtedly be the trip of a lifetime. Then, someone calls. Or, your kid discovers some strange residue that demands your immediate attention. In any case, your epic trip planning process gets sidetracked, and it’s a coin-flip whether or not you’re able to pick back up where you left off.

Google knows that pain, and it’s hoping to provide much-needed relief with a new update planned for October. The “Your Trips” update will “make it easier to organize travel plans still in the works, and resume planning where you last left off.” Here’s a direct example from Google.

If you’ve recently started looking at traveling to Milan, we’ll show you potential trip information in Your Trips like flight prices you’re tracking (if you have any), destination-specific flight and hotel searches, and places you’ve saved. That way, you can easily pick up your travel research when you come back to Google. To see Your Trips, search for “my trips” on Google, or tap on the Your Trips tab from Google Flights or Hotels on your phone.

Google is rolling out a holiday flight intelligence tool
Google is rolling out a holiday flight intelligence tool

Additionally, Google Flights is having its intelligence boosted in the coming weeks, enabling searchers to see whether or not a flight price is higher or lower than usual for key holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s).

Google will show you if your hotel is well-positioned for nearby fun (Photo courtesy of Google)
Google will show you if your hotel is well-positioned for nearby fun (Photo courtesy of Google)

Finally, Google will soon assign a “hotel location score,” which summarizes the hotel’s neighborhood based on information from Google Maps. For example, you’ll see if a specific hotel is near boutique shops to fill your fashion fix or within walking distance from the Milan Duomo. You’ll also get information on getting to and from airports.

The Google Trips app (free to download on iOS and Android) is already a powerful tool for compiling bookings from various sources, even going so far as to provide suggestions on sights to see, eateries to patronize and places to go.

H/T: TechCrunch

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