How Google services make travel planning so much easier

Whether you’re traveling for business or planning an occasional group vacation, Google offers many services that can help you plan your trip. Some of them are even designed to make it easier to include other people in your plans. Let’s see which services provide the best experience and how you can get the most out of them.

Google Calendar

Before planning a trip, it is best to identify suitable dates. Google Calendar can make it easier for you by helping you see people’s availabilities, provided they’ve shared their calendars with you.

What’s even better is that Google analyzes travel confirmation emails and adds the details to your calendar; there is no need to manually add flight, hotel and car rental information.

Other reservations, such as tours and restaurant reservations, are also easy to add directly from Gmail. Just click to add it.

Google Travel Explorer

Now that you’ve found dates that work for everyone, Google is also here to help you find location inspiration. With the Explore feature, Google Travel lets you browse destinations on a map and use filters to narrow down your options. Simply select various travel interests from the filters and Explore will help you select the perfect location.


Google Travel Explorer

It’s a great way to get recommendations, but the filtering options are limited. I would like to see additional filters for places where children and pets are welcome.

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Google Flights

If your trip involves a flight, Google Flights is probably the best service to research options. It asks you to enter any destination, then automatically directs you to the nearest airports.


Google Flights

Google Flight offers different filters to find the perfect flight. Cabin preference, flight time, price range and baggage allowance are some of the filter options. Frequent flyer members can also filter by airline alliance.

Google Flights also lets you set a price alert and will notify you if the price drops or increases on a particular route.

Google Travel Hotels & Vacation Rentals

When booking a trip, it is essential to determine where you will be staying. Google can help you find the best hotels and vacation rentals. It searches third-party sites like Agoda, Expedia, Booking.com, and Hotels.com to find the best rates.

It’s even more convenient for vacation rentals because it will crawl sites you may not be familiar with and won’t be limited to VBRO and Airbnb. For example, when I searched for rentals in a French ski resort, Google Travel pulled options from sites like Bluepillow, BookingPal, HolidayLettings, and other sites I wouldn’t have thought of.

I also find Google Travel much more useful than other options because it analyzes ratings and nearby popular locations to find the best spots.

Similarly, Google Travel can calculate the best times to visit and what to expect in terms of price depending on the hotel category. Recommendations are based on data such as prices, weather and occupancy rates. It’s a great way to get to know your destination better and narrow down your choices to find the best options available.


Google Travel Hotels

Google also offers you filters to refine your search, such as hotel category, type, brand, price, amenities, guest ratings, brands, cancellation options and number of rooms for vacation rentals. Unfortunately, there’s no way to set a price alert like with Google Flights, but there is a nice option to save hotels or vacation rentals to a list and compare them.

Things to do in Google Maps and Travel

Whether you access this service from Google Travel or Google Maps, it’s a great way to find interesting attractions. Google Travel shows you the top sights, but you can also drill down and browse narrower categories, such as historic places, art and cultural attractions, museums, outdoor features, amusement parks, and even places that accept pets. Google can also automatically recommend travel articles from various sites, offering multiple reviews on a site.


Google travel things to do

Plus, since Google’s services work together, you can add places to a list and see them later in Google Maps. Unlike other services like Yelp, you have the advantage of seeing everything in one place, and places are easier to find once you’re there. Plus, since local users and guides can look up places in Maps, there’s no real reason to open a different app to find recommendations.

GoogleTravel

In addition to saving your travel information in the calendar, Google Travel can automatically save your reservations in an organized way. This is handy when you plan to visit multiple cities as it also calculates travel times between your hotel and the airport.

Since Google Travel is a progressive web app, you will need an internet connection to use it.

Google Maps

Google Maps is probably the app you’ll use the most when traveling. Not only will it provide online and offline advice, but it can also recommend places to eat or drink, let you chat with local businesses, and even book a table on Reserve with Google.

Translate

Language no longer has to be an obstacle when traveling abroad thanks to Translate. With support for over 100 languages, Google can help you communicate with people in many parts of the world.

Be sure to download the languages ​​locally before your trip, so you can communicate with people without an internet connection. I especially like the Live Translate feature, which comes in really handy when trying to have a conversation with someone who doesn’t speak the same language.

Also, when trying to figure out what’s in a menu, you can use the Instant Camera feature. This feature allows you to point your camera at written text and watch it instantly translate into the language of your choice.

Google Pay

Many airlines allow you to save your boarding passes to Google Pay, making it easy to present them at the airport. Similarly, various hotel chains and car rental companies also prompt you to save your confirmation information in the app.

What’s particularly useful is that Google Pay automatically displays a reminder near your check-in time, so you don’t have to keep checking your phone or watch. Finally, Google Pay is the easiest way to…well…pay for Aunt Anne’s illegally delicious-smelling pretzel or shiny, shiny souvenirs at duty-free stores.

Google Keep

Google Keep is a popular way to store notes on anything you’d like to have close at hand on your trip, whether it’s ideas you’ve had or tips copied and pasted from other people.

For example, I have a to-do list that I call my “packing list,” which lists all the possible items I need when I travel. That way I can check it off when it’s in my suitcase and I won’t forget anything. I duplicate the list so I can reuse it for other trips, and I no longer have to think about what to bring.

Google home

Being away doesn’t mean you shouldn’t know what’s going on at home. Google Home helps you make sure your doorbell camera is on, unnecessary devices are turned off, and certain security measures are in place.

Even better, it lets you create routines to schedule the lights at random times, making it feel like you’re at home. Google Home can even help you control your thermostat, so your room is at the perfect temperature when you get home. For more inspiration, check out our list of the best Google Assistant routines.

Android-Auto

When renting a car, it can be difficult to get to grips with dashboard menus, lights, windshield wipers, etc. Fortunately, Android Auto has a familiar interface that makes getting to your destination a little easier. It allows you to locate all the places you have already saved in Google Maps and easily provides directions to your hotel.


Google Photos

When traveling, most of us take photos to cherish after our trip. Google Photos can automatically back them up to the cloud whenever there’s a Wi-Fi connection. You can also allow it to use cell data.

This ensures that your photos are safe, even if you break or lose your phone during your trip. Since the photos are already saved, they’re much easier to sort and share with friends and family when you get back.

You are ready for an amazing trip planning experience. Plenty of other apps let you consolidate everything, including the excellent Wanderlog, but I don’t think they’re as valuable as Google’s ecosystem. Even though you’ll have to use multiple apps and services instead of accessing everything at once, it’s a good way to organize your information.


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