Google’s Trips app automates holiday planning

Alex Kidman 20 September 2016


Google’s latest app is designed to help you get the most out of your next break.

There’s a common belief that Google knows just about everything about everyone, with differing levels of comfort as to how much data we give the search giant. If you’re happy with the deal where Google provides information and services in return for personal data, however, it can be very useful. Google’s latest foray into this space is the Trips app, which, as the name suggests, revolves around planning for your next bout of travel.

The focus with Trips is rather more on personal than business travel, with tourist destinations and efficient sightseeing planning a key part of the app experience. When you install it, it links to an associated Google account and scours your Gmail for any upcoming travel plans, adding those details automatically into the app. You can also specify trips that you’re taking if they’re not detected.

From there, it uses Google’s trove of knowledge around locations to deliver suggested locations to visit, plan day itineraries and, if you’re connected online while you travel, suggest alternate activities if the weather turns foul or if you’ve chosen a day when your selected locations aren’t open for tourists. If you’re visiting one of Google’s "top 200" cities across the planet, a variety of daily itineraries are available to peruse, although presumably that means you’re going to be heading to the same destinations as a lot of other tourists, which might not suit you if you favour off-the-beaten-track type tourism.

If you’re wary of the costs of global roaming, Trips also allows you to download its information on international locations for offline browsing, meaning you can keep your data switched off on your mobile device and potentially save some serious cash to use on whatever you’d like while you’re on holidays, which is very neat.

Google Trips is free to download for Android and iOS platforms.

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