A few months ago I already wrote about my favorite flight search engine, Google Flights. Since then Google has worked a lot towards improving their travel products. They released Google Trips a few weeks ago which sounded very promising so I had to give it a go.
Google Trips is a travel guide for the traveler of the modern age. The app has editorial guides for 200 cities all around the world. It’s a place where all your information about the trip lives, ideally you would never have to use another app for your entire trip. But let’s start at the beginning.
Luckily I had booked a flight to Amsterdam (more about that later on this blog) when the app came out so that was the perfect opportunity to test it.
When you first launch the app you get a list of all your past and upcoming trips. That is if you signed in with your Google account. If you do that and also use Gmail for your email, Google will automatically create trips in this list with all your hotel and flight reserversations you receive via email. I know, kinda creepy, but it works so well! If you don’t want Google to read all of your emails or don’t send your travel related information to Gmail, you can also add trips manually.
When you tap on one of the trips you get a few catogeries like Reservations, Things to do, Day plans etc. From here you can look at the top things to do in the city, look at day plans and you can also create your own plans by saving places. If you already know a place that you want to see, Trips will help you find other attractions based on your interests, what is nearby and how much time you have on your trip. It also offers useful information that you need to know like what currency they use, what the emergency number is etc. Everything in your trip can also be accessed offline which is super handy.
In “Getting around” you can find information about how to travel around the city with prices and numbers for taxis, public transportation fares and even driving rules for the country.
My favorite feature of the app during my trip to Amsterdam was probaly the Food & Drink category. We went to 4 restaurants that were recommended by Google and every single one was amazing.
Before Google Trips I used a mixture of TripAdvisor and Foursquare to find good places and fun things that I need to check out. But with Google Trips I have not used any other app on my trip and it definitely made things easier.
Google Trips is nothing new. Foursquare, TripAdvisor, TripIt all do similar things. But never before was it so easy to plan a trip and have all the handy information in one single place.
I would recommend Google Trips to anyone with an Android or iOS phone if you are comfortable with Google scanning your history and emails to create day plans and give you recommendations.