The Top Travel Apps: Five Things to Love About Google Trips
This is the second part in a series about the best apps to manage travel. Find the rest of the series HERE.
Google Trips is Bae! Seriously. Don’t leave home without her. Google Trips travel planner is how I organize what I want to do within a city, because it provides a lot of suggestions in one place without having to do any research. As a solo female traveler, ya girl likes an “easy button” and Trips is my travel easy button.
Here are my five favorite things about Google Trips
Things to do. Some people are great travel planners - and then there’s me, and probably a few of you too. I stop planning once I know how I’m getting to a city, and where I’m staying when I get there. Once I wrap those up, I consider a trip planned. But what am I going to do when I get there? What IS there to do when I get there? You’d be surprised at how frequently I just have no idea (at least 85% of the time). Google Trips “Things To Do” saves me every time. This is my most used feature in the Google Trips app. It provides a summary of most of the popular tourist sites in a city, and includes information like opening hours, and visitor ratings. This is my go-to for figuring out what I want to do and it also integrates with Google Maps. (Yay for integrations).
Offline access. Just like with Google Translate, offline access is key. I download the city information for each location I am going to, and because this information can automatically populate (see #3 below) all I have to do after I have started planning a trip and have some reservation information is to toggle the “download” button, and all that information is there waiting for me, even when I can’t access the internet. I use this a lot on planes when I’m headed into a new location. For me, flights are a good time to look at city information and figure out what I want to do in that location if I don’t already have it planned out.
Reservation information/Automatic population - I mentioned reservation information above, but Google trips will store all of your trip information - flights, hotels, and rental cars - all in the same place so you don’t have to go searching for it if you need it quickly. Google Trips will also automatically populate this information if you give it access to your Gmail. If you don’t use Gmail, or you don’t want to give the app access, you can manually add the information.
Need to Know - With Need to Know, Google removed the need to…well Google. Is tipping customary in this city, and what percentage should I leave? That’s already in “need to know”. If I have an emergency, what number do I dial to call the police? That’s already in “need to know”. Are ride sharing services available? Need to know has you covered. Can I get a tax reimbursement when leaving the country? Guess what, Need to Know knows. I recommend reading through the Need To Know section of Google Trips before you start any trip, to save you some time and have valuable information in the back of your mind in case you need it.
Day Plans - Google Trips has created day trips within cities for people who want the full vacation experience with none of the work. This takes “Things to Do” a step further and does all your planning for you. Forgot to plan, and now you don’t have the time or the energy. Open up “Day Plans” and see what suggestions they have. Some of the suggestions might be a day trip to a neighboring town, or tourist attraction. One might be a guide to visiting a few art museums in a day. Sometimes they show you the highlights of a specific neighborhood, but there is always a variety you can choose from. If you’re feeling overwhelmed on your trip, or just don’t feel like expending energy and brain space on planning a day, Day Plans is here to rescue you. Day Plans will also give you the optimal route for seeing the items they have picked and the average time people stay a location.
If you haven’t used it already, give Google Trips travel planner a whirl and let me know what you think. I’m pretty sure you’ll like the ease of use, and the wealth of information.
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