Google Maps revolutionized how you get from point A to point B. Google Trips aims to to do the same for how you vacation.
The smartphone app, released on Monday, uses what it already knows about you, based on data it has collected from your Gmail account, and combines it with established features from its other offerings, like Destinations, and its large database of crowd-sourced reviews. The goal, as Google puts it, is to create a “personalized tour guide in your pocket.”
“We wanted to reduce the hassle and help travelers enjoy their hard-earned vacations,” Stefan Frank, the app’s product manager, wrote on Google’s blog.
The app can do a lot, probably equal to what four travel apps could do, but it can’t do everything. Here’s what you need to know before setting off on your first Google trip.
It’s All-Inclusive (Only if You Use Gmail)
After setting up the app using your Gmail account, you can create your first trip — simply search for the destination city and put in your dates. If you’re hitting multiple cities, you can add those as well.
If the app has enough of your data, you may already have the trip listed. In that case, you do not have to create a new one, just jump into the existing trip and make changes as you see fit.
The app has complete guides for more than 200 major cities, and each of those has six main features: Reservations, Things to Do, Saved Places, Day Plans, Food & Drink and Getting Around. There are guides for most other cities as well, but you won’t get Day Plans and Getting Around options for those smaller locations.
Reservations will show you the flight, hotel and car rental information that it collects from the Gmail account you registered with. You’ll need to forward any reservations made using your work email to your Gmail account if you want those to show up. It’s also worth noting that you cannot make reservations directly from the app — it shows only the reservations you already made. I had nothing definite planned, but for testing’s sake, I tried out a hypothetical trip to Boston.
Things to Do is a good place to start. It recommends destinations broken down by category, from the simple “Indoors” vs. “Outdoors” to city-specific labels like “Newbury Street Shops” and interest-specific ones like “Selfie Spots.” If you see something you like, hit the star icon and it’ll add it to your Saved Places. This breakdown and the ability to save will look familiar to anyone who has used Gogobot.
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Published by nytimes.com
September 21, 2016
Written by Justin Sablich – Travel: Test Run
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