These days, mobile phones make it easier than ever for you to sneak in vacation dreaming and planning here and there, in line at the coffee shop, waiting at the doctor’s office, or on your way to meet a friend.
Last year, according to internal data for google, there was a whopping 50% increase in travel related questions on mobile phones. But even as that number grows, it can be hard to get all the right info in one place on a small screen.
There are a dizzying number of questions to answer when planning a trip:
What are the best places to visit?
What time of year is good to go?
What kind of prices can I expect? And so on.
As of yesterday, the internet search engine, Google, introduced “Destinations on Google,” something that will make all your travel plans easier. Destinations on Google only works on mobile devices.
Here’s how it works:
Search with Google on your mobile phone for the continent, country, or state you’d like to travel to and add the word “destination” to see an easy-to-browse collection of options. Destinations integrates a deep understanding of all the places in the world with Google Flights and Hotel search, so you can see available flight and hotel prices instantly.
So instead of jumping between a dozen links or tabs to get the information you need, you can sit back leave the heavy lifting to google.
Finding a Vacation of your style:
To find a vacation that’s just your style, search for a destination and something you’d like to do there, like “Spain surfing,” or “Outdoor Recreation Mount Kilimanjaro” Google will suggest spots that fit with your hobbies and interests.
Destination on Google also has “Flexible Dates filter,” that lets you refine your results by month, so you can see when fares and rates are lowest within the time range you want across multiple destinations.
If you want to avoid crowds or bad weather, Select any destination and tap the “Explore” tab to see what the weather is like year-round and when your destination is most popular, based on historic visits from other travellers.
Once you’ve selected a destination of your choice, tap “Plan a trip” to see rates for hotels and flights. The results instantly update with real-time fares and rates, pulling from the trillions of flight itineraries and hotels we price every day on Google Flights and Hotel search.
You can also tap the pencil icon to customize results further with flight and hotel preferences, including number of stops, hotel class, and number of travellers.