'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 Just Made It Easier to Save Money on Flights and Hotels
Google today updated several of its travel tools in ways that should help people find the best, least-expensive options when traveling. Google Flights, for example, now includes tips under search results, such as when prices are abnormally low or high.
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 Takes Steps to Ensure Search Results Are Locally Relevant
Google today said it has updated the way it handles queries in Search and Maps when people travel. Moving forward, people will be served search results based on their actual location, not the domain they've indicated on the web (such as .com, .uk, .de, etc.) Google says people using Search in the U.S.