A catchall app for travel, no matter where you’re headed

Google is launching a new travel app called Google Trips. The app hopes to assist those stricken with wanderlust by providing one go-to solution for organizing everything involved with modern travel.

Speaking in an interview with The Verge, Richard Holden, VP of product management at Google, said the new app arrives after two years of development in the tech giant’s travel offerings.

Included in the trip planner and organizer is a way to consolidate plane tickets, rental car info, and hotel reservations, but the app also helps travelers after they’ve arrived at their destination, including visitor guides for over 200 cities.

Further fun ideas come thanks to activity recommendations, such as sightseeing, shopping, and restaurants suggestions, which are customized based on info pulled from your Google profile. According to The Verge, the app will even consider the length of your stay and the weather in its recommendations (so, for example, if it’s raining out, the app won’t suggest a walk in the park).

Travel can be pretty intimidating, so the app rounds out its offerings with all the critical stuff you might need, including currency information, and what to do in the event of an emergency.

However, one of the biggest features is the ability to use the app offline, which is particularly useful if you don’t want to pay out the nose for data when traveling internationally.

Google Trips is free to download, and will work on both Android and iOS devices.

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Why It Matters

Getting around these days can be an enormous hassle, but luckily, apps like Google Trips are around to help simplify things a little bit. I remember a time when any road trip involved hastily scribbled notes containing vague directions, but now, with smartphones and GPS, I fear no road.

It would be nice if this app could integrate with something like Uber, automatically hailing a ride after you’ve landed so you can go straight from the plan, to the luggage carousel, to the car, to your destination, with no stops in between. A luggage tracker would be nice too, just to keep tabs on your bags. Or how about a translator?

Just a couple ideas… I’ll bill you later, Google.

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