Whether you’re traveling for business or planning an occasional group vacation, Google offers many services that can help you organize your trip. Some of them are even designed to make it easier to involve other people in your plans. Let’s look at which services offer the best experience – and how you can get the most out of them.
Before planning a trip, it is best to identify suitable dates. Google Calendar can make this easier by helping you see people’s availability, provided they’ve shared their calendars with you.
Even better, Google analyzes trip confirmation emails and adds the details to your calendar. Flight, hotel and rental car information does not need to be added manually.
Other reservations, like visits and restaurant bookings, can also be easily added directly from Gmail. You just have to click to add it.
Google Travel Explore
Now that you’ve found matching dates for each, Google will also help you find location inspiration. The Explore feature allows you to use Google Travel to browse destinations on a map and use filters to narrow your options. Just select different travel interests from the filters and Explore will help you choose the perfect place.
It’s a nice way to get recommendations, but the filtering options are limited; I’d like to see additional filters for kid-friendly and pet-friendly places.
If your trip involves flying, Google Flights is probably the best service to look for options. It prompts you to enter any destination and then automatically directs you to the nearest airports.
Google Flight offers various filters to find the perfect flight. Cabin preference, flight time, price range and baggage allowance are just a few of the filter options. Frequent flyer members can also filter by airline alliance.
Google Flights also allows you to set up a price alert and will notify you when there is a price increase or decrease on a specific route.
Google Travel hotels and vacation rentals
When booking a trip, it is important to find out 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 prices.
It’s even more handy for vacation rentals, as it searches sites you may not be familiar with and isn’t limited to VBRO and Airbnb. For example, when I was looking for apartments to rent in a French ski resort, Google Travel pulled up options from sites like Bluepillow, BookingPal, HolidayLettings, and other sites I wouldn’t have considered.
I also find Google Travel a lot more helpful than other options because it analyzes reviews and popular nearby places to find the best spots.
Likewise, Google Travel can calculate the best times to visit and the prices to expect depending on the hotel category. Recommendations are based on data such as prices, weather and occupancy. This is a great way to get to know your destination better and narrow down your choices to find the best options available.
Google also gives you filters to refine your search such as B. Hotel category, type, brand, price, amenities, guest reviews, brands, cancellation options and the number of rooms for vacation rentals. Unfortunately, there is no way to set a price alert like Google Flights does, but there is a neat way to save and compare hotels or vacation rentals in a list.
Activities in Google Maps and travel
Whether you access this service through Google Travel or Google Maps, it’s a great way to find interesting attractions. Google Travel brings you the top places to visit, but you can also dig deeper and browse through narrower categories, like historical places, art and cultural attractions, museums, outdoor features, amusement parks, and even pet-friendly places. Google can also automatically recommend travel articles from different sites and offer multiple opinions on a site.
Also, because Google’s services work together, you can add places to a list and later view them on Google Maps. Unlike other services like Yelp, you have the benefit of seeing everything in one place, and places are easier to find once you’re there. Since users and local guides can check places in Maps, there’s no real reason to open another app to find recommendations.
In addition to storing your travel information in the calendar, Google Travel can automatically store your bookings in an organized manner. It comes in handy if you plan to visit multiple cities, as it also calculates travel times between your hotel and the airport.
Because Google Travel is a progressive web app, you need an internet connection to use it.
Google Maps is probably the app you will use the most when you travel. Not only does it give you online and offline tours, but it can also recommend places to eat or drink, let you chat with local businesses, and even reserve a table on Reserve with Google.
Thanks to Translate, the language does not have to be an obstacle when traveling abroad. With support for over 100 languages, Google can help you communicate with people in many parts of the world.
Make sure you download the languages locally before your trip so you can communicate with people without an internet connection. I particularly like the live translation feature, which comes in handy when trying to converse with someone who doesn’t speak the same language.
If you’re trying to figure out what’s on a menu, you can also use the instant camera feature. With this feature, you can point your camera at written text and see it instantly translated into the language of your choice.
Many airlines allow you to store your boarding passes in Google Pay, making it easier to show them at the airport. Likewise, various hotel chains and car rental companies invite you to save your confirmation information in the app as well.
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 pay for… well… that illegally delicious-smelling Auntie Anne’s pretzel or some colorful and shiny duty-free souvenirs.
Google Keep is a popular way to save notes on anything you want to have handy during your trip, whether it’s ideas or advice from others.
For example, I have a to-do list that I call my “packing list” that lists all sorts of things I need when I travel. That way I can check it off in my suitcase and don’t forget anything. I’m duplicating the list so I can reuse it for other trips and don’t have to rethink what to pack.
Being away doesn’t mean you shouldn’t know what’s happening at home. Google Home helps you ensure your doorbell camera is on, unnecessary devices are off, and certain security measures are in place.
Even better, you can use it to create routines to schedule lights at random times, making it seem like you’re home. Google Home can even help you control your thermostat so your room is the perfect temperature when you get home. For more inspiration, take a look at our list of the best Google Assistant routines.
When renting a car, it can be a hassle to get acquainted with the dashboard menus, headlights, windshield wipers, etc. Luckily, Android Auto is a familiar interface that makes getting where you’re going a little easier. You can use it to find any location you have already saved on Google Maps and create easy directions to your hotel.
When traveling, most of us take photos to cherish after our trip. Google Photos can automatically back them up to the cloud when connected to WiFi. You can also allow cell data to be used.
This ensures your photos are safe even if you damage or lose your phone during your trip. Because the images are already saved, it’s much easier to sort them out and share them with friends and family when you get home.
You are ready for an incredible travel 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 if you need to use multiple apps and services instead of accessing everything at once, it’s a great way to organize your information.