3 New Ways to Use Google Before Planning Your Next Vacation

3 New Ways to Use Google Before Planning Your Next Vacation

The whole idea of a vacation is to not stress over hotel bookings, flight schedules, and planning the itinerary. Google Search on mobile makes your travel planning not only easier but also economical.


Swipe to Choose the Ideal Hotel

3 New Ways to Use Google Before Planning Your Next Vacation
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The smaller screen size of a phone makes it slightly more challenging to explore locations, hotels, and the amenities they offer. Of course, price and reviews are vital deciders, but there’s nothing as final as the look of the comforts a hotel offers. Google Search presents each property visually in a swipeable story format.

Search a hotel and then tap the thumbnail to browse photos of the hotel and rooms with swipes on the screen. With a single tap, you can check reviews, prices, and the location map, and get an idea of what other travelers say about the property.

Benefit: The swipeable photo story gives you a new way to explore hotels and make faster decisions about your stay.

Price Guarantee on Flight Tickets

Price guarantee on flights
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A plane fare has many variables, each affecting the price you pay. There are many money-saving tips for booking flight tickets, but the ticketing algorithms can be tough to beat. On Google Flights, you can already see the range of prices across weeks and compare them to historical averages. But now, there’s a Price Guarantee too.

Google promises to track the lowest-priced ticket you have booked, and if it falls further, the company will refund the difference via Google Pay. However, this pilot program is limited to Book on Google itineraries that depart from the United States. Also, the price difference must be greater than 5 USD. Google’s support page outlines a few more price guarantee program conditions.

Benefit: Many airlines like Delta and Southwest offer similar price guarantees. Google’s promise can help you lock in at a price and avoid buyer’s remorse because of the dynamic pricing of flights.

Find New Experiences on a Vacation

Find new experiences with Google Search
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Google Search and other travel sites have made it easier to plan vacations. But it still involves a fair amount of research and a risk of being ripped off. With Google, finding these kinds of activities is easier than ever. First, find a place of interest via Google Search or Google Maps. Both will list the prices for visiting the destination or the prices of tour companies with a link to book your ticket.

Google also offers suggestions on related experiences. For instance, if you search for the Tower of London, you’ll also find suggestions for related experiences, like a city-wide tour that includes multiple stops at other tourist spots.

Benefit: You can use the listed price as a benchmark and avoid the regret of being conned by cheats. A single listed source like the search results or Google Maps also saves you a lot of time on research.

Other Google Tips You Should Travel With

You can combine different Google apps to design a great itinerary. Here are a few more ideas:

  • Use Google Travel to explore new destinations and save your research.
  • Use Google Maps to learn more about the area around your hotel. For instance, find other places of interest within walking distance from the hotel or choose a hotel in a quieter neighborhood when you don’t want to be near a shopping district.
  • Use bike and scooter information on Google Maps to explore a city on your own. Find nearby docking stations and battery levels for electric options. This feature is available for around 500 select cities on Google Maps for Android and iOS.
  • Use Google Search to sift through related hotels by their prices, including fees and taxes. You can also filter hotels that allow free cancellations.
  • Use Google Lens to plan your vacation meals. Search for local cuisine and see all the places near you that serve it. This feature is available in English in the U.S. in the Google app on Android and iOS.

Make Your Travel Plans

Google Search (and other apps) help you spend less time on research and more on enjoying yourself. Planning is easier now, thanks to ChatGPT and AI travel apps. Now, you just have to combine all the information and come up with a guidebook that works for you and your family.

The whole idea of a vacation is to not stress over hotel bookings, flight schedules, and planning the itinerary. Google Search on mobile makes your travel planning not only easier but also economical. Swipe to Choose the Ideal Hotel Image Credit: Google The smaller screen size of a phone makes it slightly more challenging to…

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