Planning business or holiday trip can be tasking—it could require weeks or sometimes months to get things right. You need to book hotels, flights, and do all the right things ahead of time. In a world where most of these things can now be done online or with apps, proper planning is still required. Google has a slew of apps that can be used to make for proper vacation planning—and the company is making it even easier to hep organize your travel plans. The search giant has rolled out some new features to help you better organize your travel plans across various services it provides.
Google based its latest features on the outcome of a recent research carried out by Phocuswright where it was revealed that 46 percent of leisure travelers across the globe “think travel planning takes too long.”
Among the newly launched features, Google Search now has relevant trip-related suggestions integrated within the service. Let’s say you book a trip to Austin, and do a Google search for that city, a new prompt will pop up along with additional trip-related thinks that include flights, restaurants, things to do, and a host of others.
In a couple of days it will be October, and Google said it is planning to launch new features in its travel app Your Trips. The features, according to the search giant, will make it easier to organize travel plans still in works, and continue from where you left off.
“For example, 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,” Google said.
You can see Your Trips by simply searching for “my trips” on Google, or by simply tapping on the Your Trips tab from Google Flights or Hotels on your phone.
A new hotel location score is also being added by Google to rank the neighborhood a particular hotel is located. Factors such as proximity to bars, landmarks, or public transportation will be used to rank hotels. For travelers going to a location they probably are not familiar with, Google is adding details on getting to and from the nearest airport.
Among other things, the Trips app can automatically pull in train and bus tickets sent to your Gmail address. You can also enter in the reservations by hand, especially in cases where there is no email confirmation. To do this, you will need to press the “+” sign in Trips to sign in before adding a restaurant, hotel, car rental, and flight manually. The fact that those details are being manually typed in doesn’t stop Google from helping you to auto-complete the information required.