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Best New Features of Google’s New Travel App ‘Trips’

Travel Technology | Janeen Christoff | September 20, 2016

Best New Features of Google’s New Travel App ‘Trips’

Screenshot courtesy of Google. 

Google Trips is going places. The new app is receiving high praise for its ability to assist travelers in trip planning, trip organization and for keeping travelers flush with information while offline internationally.

“The free app, which is available on Android and iOS, will organize your plane tickets and hotel reservations, offer editorial guides to more than 200 cities, and make personalized recommendations based on your Google history,” reports Casey Newton for the Verge

The app is a complement to its Destinations travel planning feature in mobile search and its revamped hotel and flight search. 

Google hopes that app will become a must-have travel accessory. 

While apps such as TripIt are geared toward the business traveler with premium services, Trips is geared more for leisure and destination information. 

“What Trips lacks in pro-travel features, it makes up for with useful city guides that leverage a wide range of Google services (and editorial talent),” notes Newton. 

Once you log in with your Google account, Trips takes control, presenting you with upcoming and previously 

Trips will also build itineraries. 

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“The heart of the app is Things to Do, which builds custom itineraries based on how long you’ll be in town, popular destinations, and anything that you’ve previously starred or saved on a Google service,” says Newton. 

Newton also noted that the app has some drawbacks — such as if you are concerned about privacy. 

If you have privacy concerns about Google tracking your every step around the world, Trips is likely not the app for you. But if you’re comfortable with the trade-offs, I suspect you’ll find Trips to be a tremendously useful travel companion,” she notes. 

For more information on using Google’s new Trips app, read on here and check out the video below. 


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