Google has just added some cool new features to its popular travel planning service – Google Travel – which is going to make planning for your next trip easy.
What Is Google Travel?
Having previously gone by the name of Google Trips – which was officially launched as a mobile application, back in September 2016 – Google Travel has since become one of the most-used travel tools on the planet.
Originally made available to use on both Android and iOS mobile devices as an app, Google Travel – which is now its official name – was then made available as a web-based trip planner in 2019.
Having integrated with another one of Google’s iconic services, Google Maps, users can use the website to plan pretty much the entirety of their travel trips – with Google Travel allowing users to search for flights and hotels, as well as find out what there is to see and do in a particular place.
Basically, it’s an extremely useful travel tool that does a lot of the hard work for you when it comes to planning your next vacation or travel trip.
How Do You Access Google Travel?
Accessing Google Travel is extremely simple – with you just needing to search ‘Google Travel’ in the ‘search bar’ on your internet browser.
Alternatively, you can type in the exact website address – which is www.google.com/travel/.
And, best of all the service is completely free – with no need to pay anything at all to use it.
Google Travel Introduces New Features
So, what new features have Google just added to their travel planning tool?
Just a few days ago Google revealed that they were adding a few new features to their Google Travel service, which aim to make the travel planning process for travelers even more simpler and straightforward.
Keep Track Of Flight Prices For Your Desired Travel Dates
Firstly, Google has now made it possible for users to track the price of flight tickets – from one destination to another – for their desired travel dates.
This means that when using the Google Flights section of Google Travel – and searching for a flight between two cities – you can now opt in to receive email updates if the price of flights for your desired trip drops.
Therefore, you no longer need to keep checking the prices yourself, as you’ll receive an email as soon as there is a decrease in the cost of the flight.
And, you can even opt in to receive email updates regarding the price drop of flight tickets for specific dates, or simply request updates for any date – if you are flexible with the timing of your travels.
This can all be done by simply using the toggles – which are placed just under the ‘search bar’ once you have searched for your desired flight route.
So, if you’re looking for what cheap direct flights are available from your city to popular tourist hotspots – such as Cancun – you can now let Google do all of the work on finding the best deals.
Explore Nearby Destinations At A Click Of A Button
When on the Google Travel homepage if you click on the Explore tool – which you will see on the left hand side of the webpage – you can now browse nearby destinations at just a click of a button.
Having your ‘location settings’ switched on – and allowing Google to track this – you will see all nearby destinations, with the starting price of flights from where you currently are to that particular place.
The Explore tool also allows users to filter their trip searches, which includes options to filter by price, duration of travel, airline, as well as ‘interests’ – with it possible to search for destinations that offer beaches, outdoor activities, museums, as well as other areas of interests for travelers.
And, you can also manually search for flights from where you are to your desired destination, as well as search for places that are within driving distance from your current location.
Therefore, you can now plan your next road trip with the help of Google – as you’ll be able to see suggested places of interest, along with information on how to get to these, as well as the average price of things such as accommodation available nearby.
Finding The Right Accommodation
Another great tool that Google Travel offers users is its Hotel search option.
By clicking on this, you can search for accommodation in your desired travel destination – with the option to filter your search by price, rating, class of hotel, as well as the amenities that you are looking for your hotel to have.
So, if you’re looking for the best hotels in the US state of Dallas, Texas – for example – you will be able to find the one that suits all of your travel needs and requirements.
You are also able to search for offers on hotels – allowing you to get the best deal – along with the option to find out what transport options are on offer in your desired destination, as well as places to eat, shop and things to do and see.
This can all be done by simply clicking on the small icons on the Google map on the right of the webpage.
And, if you are already in a particular place – and want to find out what there is nearby to where you are – you can simply click on the toggle at the bottom of the map and you’ll see all of the places that are within 15-30 minute walking distance from you.
Save As You Go Along
Another one of Google Travel’s new great features is that you are now able to ‘save’ as you go along – which means that you do not need to start, and finish, your travel planning all in one go.
By tapping the bookmark icon on the image of a hotel you can now ‘save’ that property – and view all of your saved accommodations by clicking on ‘saved’ tab, which you’ll find in the top right hand corner of your Google Travel webpage on your desktop.
If you are using a mobile device, however, you will need to click on the ‘saved’ tab to view your saved accommodations.
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