Google app aims to make vacations easier

Google has launched a trips app that is designed to make journeys a bit easier by letting people plan out a day in a city.

“See more plan less” is how the company¬†describes the primary benefits of the new Google Trips app.

The app, available on the Google Play Store and the Apple Apps Store, gives people new ways to plan and organize trips, according to the tech titan’s blog.

“It automatically maps out a half day or a full day with suggestions for things to see and do,” the company said in a post that describes the app’s features.

People can do things such as pick a city such as New York City or San Francisco or London and then ask the app to find cafes, parks, beaches, restaurants, landmarks, or other points of interest.

A user of the app also can switch the type of points of interest at a destination.

“Don’t like what you see? Tap the ‘magic wand’ to see more nearby sights,” Google said in a post about the app. “Each tap of the wand gives you a fresh set of nearby attractions.”

In its post, the company pointed to research that suggests people often don’t enjoy vacations because it’s too stressful to plan a trip, or once at the destination, travelers miss sites they would have liked to visit.

Mountain View-based Google, in its post, cited a study in 2013 by GoodThink expert Shawn Achor, a researcher into positive psychology.

“Travel can make people happier, healthier and more productive when they return from a vacation,” Achor wrote in his report. “But not all travel creates happiness. Travel stress can undo the positive effects of travel.”

The app is also available offline, Google said.

“Google Trips is a personalized tour guide in your pocket,” the company said. “Each trip contains key categories of information, including day plans, reservations, things to do, food & drink, and more, so you have everything you need at your fingertips.”


Image: Google Trips images found on the company’s web sites



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  • Lizzie Saito

    I tried this for a week, and I’m disappointed. It’s just like Wikipedia in tile. I think asking questions to the locals and the good old map travel planners provide.