Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) recently launched a new smartphone app that can help you plan and organize your trip. The app, better known as Google Trips, automatically pulls details about your trip from your Gmail account and goes ahead to recommend “local gems,” attractions and restaurants based on data collected from other travelers. Stefan Frank, Google Trips Product Manager writes in a post on Google’s Official Blog that you can use the app to download itineraries and reservations so you no longer have to worry about internet or cellular coverage on arrival to your destination.
Google is combining what it knows (which is a lot) about what attractions and activities are generally popular in your travel destination with what it knows about you. This results in a ton of information that the company says will help you maximize opportunities on your business — or personal — trip.
A Look at the New Google Trips App
“Each trip contains key categories of information, including day plans, reservations, things to do, food and drink, and more, so you have everything you need at your fingertips,” writes Frank. “The entire app is available offline — simply tap the Download button under each trip to save it to your phone.”
Besides suggesting to you other people’s itineraries, Google Trips also helps you to build your own unique itinerary around places of sights that you want to visit.
If you, for instance, already know the spot you want to visit but you want to check out other sights around the same area, press the “+” button on your day plans tile and the app will lead you to a map that contains all the top attractions near your destination. You can also choose the amount of time you have (morning or afternoon vs. a full day) for more specific options. For more nearby sights, click the “magic wand” button.
Trips will also automatically gather all your hotel, flight, car and restaurant information from Gmail, so you no longer have to search for those on email. All this info is available to you on the reservations tile, even without internet connection.
Business travelers seeking to cut on cost, save time and fully utilize the potentials of business travel may want to give Google Trips a look. The fact that you can access your itinerary even without internet connection may make the app even more attractive to some.