Planning a vacation by yourself or with friends can become as challenging as trying to solve trigonometry. However, thanks to Google and their newest feature, Destinations, which was just released today, planning trips is now a whole lot easier.
When searching vacation options, Destinations will help you to find cheap flights and hotels once you choose your destination, and offer up advice for how you should prepare for your trip. The Verge reports: “Search for travel to a specific country or city, and you’ll see an option to open up Google’s new “travel guide.” Regardless of which way you get to it, these searches will lead you into Google’s new Destinations feature, which is where you’ll find more info on the location and details on the cost of getting and staying there.”
Aside from offering generic advice, the Destination tab on Google will also allow consumers to explore their prospective destination by giving a description, photos and even videos of its landscape. This also informs you of what to pack and the activities you can participate in in the local area.
To further help you, the Destination page provides editorial reviews from bloggers and journalists so travelers can know how long they should stay in a particular location and what the social climate is like. Radhika Malpani, Google’s Travel engineering director, told The Verge, the purpose of Destinations is to “let people explore when they don’t know when and where they want to go.”
Destinations exclusively works on mobile devices and not on desktops, although this may change in the future. The platform was specifically designed for the traveler on the go and since travel searches receive the highest traffic on mobile, Google is making smartphone access a priority.
Learn how you can plan your next trip with Destinations on Google, below.