STATES CHRONICLE – Google has by far the most popular search engine there is, and people tend to rely on it for any information they might need. Some of the most common searches include cities, plane tickets, routes, hotels and, in general, any other kind of travel related info.
With so many people searching travel information on Google, the company decided to make it easier for us, by developing and now launching a new feature called Destinations. This feature will help users find a destination, a way to travel there and advice on when to depart, as well as suggestions for cheap flights and accommodation.
The feature is, for now, available only on mobile devices. This is not a new application or a new website, but simply an extra feature to the search engine. When a user looks up travel information, Destinations will pop up and give you all the best advice.
For example, if you search for a specific country or a specific city, an option to open “travel guide” will appear. If you don’t know for sure where you want to go and just type “European vacations” you will be shown a grid of all the major cities and how much it would cost you to get there.
Destinations pages have two tabs: one for location info and itineraries and the other one for booking flights and accommodation. The first tab is going to be extremely helpful especially the part with itineraries. It will help you plan your trip more efficiently, without spending too much time in one place and too little in another. How can Google know such things? It uses an algorithm to find out how much time people on vacation usually spend in one place, and based on that you will be advised accordingly.
There will already be 201 cities with available itineraries when the feature is launched. Some of them will have more than one itinerary, planned for short trips of approximately three days. The only thing Google can’t tell you is how exactly you can book transportation if you want to go from one place to another.
The tab that allows you to book plane tickets and hotel rooms is also very helpful, but it doesn’t offer more than Google Flights. However, you cannot book directly from Google Destinations, but you have to go and make your bookings on that company’s website.
All in all, Destinations is a feature that will bring more travel info in the same place, so you won’t have to look up places, plane tickets and hotels separately. It will make it a lot easier for us to plan our trips and itineraries so that we don’t waste too much time on less interesting attractions.
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