Google released a new trip planner and travel guide app for anyone who is exploring a new place. The free app, which is available on Android and iOS, organizes your flights and hotel reservations, offer editorial guides to more than 200 cities, and make personalized recommendations based on your Google history.
The app 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.
Now the company is introducing an app that it hopes will become the default way for travellers to organize trip information ahead of their travels and explore once they have arrived.
The app competes with apps like TripIt, the travel-planning app from business-expense company Concur.
Organize future trip and you’ll find a grid of options to explore. Reservations organizes your flights, hotel information, and any rental car reservations you may have made.
"Need to Know" has useful information about getting from the airport to the centre of the city, the local currency, and what to do in case of an emergency.
The heart of the app is "Things to Do" that 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.
For example, select a general itinerary like "72 hours in London" or drill deeper into guides that focus on shopping, museums, or other activities.
With an active data connection, Google Trips provides real-time information about which destinations are open or closed. The app make adjustments based on time of day and weather — if it starts raining, for example, the app will recommend indoor activities.