Google has launched Trips, a new app that serves as a trip planner and travel guide for anyone who is exploring a new place.
The free app, which is available on Android and iOS, will organise plane tickets, hotel reservations, offer editorial guides to more than 200 cities, and make personalised recommendations based on your Google history. Best of all, it works offline: you can download everything to your phone before you leave, including maps and walking directions — sparing you from having to use an expensive international data plan.
“Google Trips is a personalized tour guide in your pocket. Each trip contains key categories of information, including day plans, reservations, things to do, food & drink, and more, so you have everything you need at your fingertips. The entire app is available offline — simply tap the “Download” button under each trip to save it to your phone,” said Google about the new app.
Here is a video of the new Google travel app:
Google says it has included the world’s important locales, hangout vistas and other attractions in the app.
All these information appears in the app based on ready information supplied by other travellers.
Moreover, the app allows you to plan your trip based on your interests like never before.
Google describes how to use the app: “Press the “+” button in the day plans tile to jump into a map view containing all the top attractions in your destination. If you’re time constrained, you can specify above the map whether you have just the morning or afternoon, versus a full day. Then simply tap and pin the locale to build your itinerary around it.”
To add more to your conveniences, it has information on flight, hotel, car and restaurant reservations also. Once you save a location, it gets saved to a ‘saved placed’ folder which will be accessible offline. It will have many maps, phones numbers and reviews to help you select the best place from various options.
However, the usefulness of app is based on the location. The most traveled and top cities will get good recommendations and obscure cities figure bottom in the app.
If you are planning to go to never-before explored places, it is a big risk you have to take as the app’s content is mostly user generated.