'Destinations' Tool Boosts Google Search's Planning Powers
Google today unveiled a new feature in Google Search called Destinations. The idea is to make it easier for people to discover new places and plan visits. People need only add the word "destinations" or "vacations" to their searches for general geographic areas, such as cities, states, or countries, and Google will automatically reveal points of interest, nearby hotels, and the flights needed to get there. Results are updated in real time as users pan around the map. Adding keywords for certain activities, such as surfing or skiing, will help refine results. A filter allows users to search by date, as well, and can reveal the differences in fares and rates for flights and hotels as they change throughout the year. The Destinations tool helps people discover what local weather is like year round, and can provide details about when the spot is most and least crowded with tourists and visitors. Destinations can also help people prioritize their itineraries based on the number of days they'll be traveling by suggesting the top places to visit in any given area. Destinations will be available through the Google Search mobile app in the days ahead.
Google Makes Tracking Flight Pricing Easier
Google today improved its Google Flights tool with new ways to track not only flight times, but flight pricing. Moving forward, Google Flights will alert users about potential price increases.
Google Search App Gains Tappable Shortcuts
Google today said an update to its mobile search app should make it quicker and easier to find basic information via tappable shortcuts that are positioned underneath the search box. The shortcuts let people perform instant searches for a variety of items, including entertainment, sports, weather, food, news, and more.
Google's Travel Apps Add Support for More Languages and Countries
Even though the summer travel season has largely ended, Google this week expanded Google Trips, Google Flights, and Google Destinations to a more international audience thanks to new languages and availability. For example, Google Destinations is now available in 14 new languages, including Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Filipino, Hungarian, Indonesian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Malaysian, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovakian, and Slovenian.
Google Makes It Easier to Find Fun Stuff to Do
Google today tweaked its mobile search tools to help people find entertaining activities nearby. Specifically, performing searches for generic events will dial in an easy-to-digest summary of close-by activities from sites such as Eventbrite and Meetup.