Today, Google will launch a new mobile application aimed at helping you plan your vacations and traveling. Dubbed "Google Trips," the iOS and Android app will pull data from Google Maps as well as crowdsourced contributions from travelers in order to create personalized travel itineraries that include points of interest, restaurants, hotels, and tourist attractions. It will work with day trips or keep track of reservations for you.
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A leak earlier in the year made it clear that Google was working with this within the Google Local Guides community. Local Guides helps with Google Maps and business data by doing things like taking photos, correcting listings, and writing reviews. In return, they are able to test out Google products first.
The home screen has a search box that prompts "Where do you want to go?" and lets you keep track of current and future trips. Each place you will visit has its own tab within the "Trip" section. You can toggle everything on and off for offline access so you don't use data and drain your battery while traveling. Each city has options for things like "Saved places," "Food & Drink," "Things to Do," Day Plans," "Getting Around," and "Reservations."
That isn't the only thing it can do - Google Trips will show you when a place is the busiest. This can help you find what is actually a good idea to do and show you what to avoid if you don't like the crowds. This is a feature available to the top 200 cities worldwide.
It will also help you find things to do near those tourist attractions if you have to kill time or you don't want to travel around all day.
If you aren't too familiar with a location, Google Trips will even automatically fill in gaps for you between activities using the "magic wand" option.
Everything within the app is pretty streamlined, as it takes information from your Google email account (like reservations or flight numbers) and puts it into the app.