Hot on the heels of Destinations, which brings travel planning features to search, travelers now have an app. The app organizes your plane tickets and hotel reservations, offers travel guides for over 200 cities around the world and makes personalized recommendations based on your Google history.
On top of this, it works offline. Avoiding roaming charges and spotty Wi-Fi is probably the biggest travel issue. Google Trips lets you download everything you need locally before you leave, which includes maps and walking directions.
As with many Google products, you’re required to use your Google Account, whether it’s personal or work. You’ll probably want to use the account where your flight and hotel information is delivered to.
Creating a trip is easy. The main part of the app is called Things to Do. It builds custom itineraries based around things like the length of stay, popular destinations you want to see and anything you’ve previously starred or saved on a Google service. You can be general, like “72 hours in New York” or dive deep into shopping, museums and outdoor activities.
When your phone signal is active, the app gives you real-time information on which destinations are open or closed. It makes adjustments based on time of day and weather. Similar to Google search, it has an I’m Feeling Lucky recommendation for your day. Using this, Google gives you a random highlight from the city you’re in.