Google Trips | Organize & Maximize Your Travel Automatically


Hi there, it’s Ernest from Trip Astute. In
this video, we’re reviewing Google Trips, our favorite travel itinerary and
organization app. (light chiming music) Travel itinerary apps and services are not new. I remember a
co-worker of mine in 2009 telling me to sign-up for TripIt so we could share our
itineraries on business trips and conferences. Since then, I’ve used a
couple of different organizers. The Barclaycard Arrival Plus used to offer a
TripIt Pro membership, which was great. It added some really cool features over the
normal account, like frequent flyer miles tracking and support on getting refunds
when your flights are delayed or canceled. However, after the benefit
disappeared, I started using Kayak, which offered a lot of the same functionality.
A few months ago, I downloaded Google Trips, and I have to say that I’m really
impressed with it. It’s only available as an iPhone and Android app, so there isn’t
a web interface for it. However, it quickly has become my new favorite
travel app, and here’s why. Number one: Gmail integration. While most of the
other travel itinerary apps offer a similar integration, I feel like Google
Trips seems to have better recognition of my travel reservations. The app
automatically pulls related travel and begins organizing the data into trips.
This makes it really easy to find hotel, airline, and rental car reservations and
confirmations while on the go. Number two: Basic destination information. One of the
features that I find really valuable is the “Need to Know” section. This area gives you
customized information on your destination like health and emergencies,
shopping, money, internet, and transportation. While it’s not available
in all locations, Google seems to be expanding it every day. It’s definitely
useful information to have when traveling to a new location. Number three:
Recommended places to eat, drink, and see. This is another valuable feature in the
app. Google Trips offers information on the local dining scene, and even provides
details on local specialities and cuisines. A separate tab also shows you
recommended locations based on reviews. The “Things to Do” section offers
attractions that can be sorted by a number of categories which seems to be
customized to the location. Not only can you get information like the directions,
phone number, and web site to attractions, but you can also save it as
a favorite. Number four: Saved locations and day plans. As I mentioned earlier,
saving attractions and restaurants allows you to view them in one location,
both as a list and on a map. What makes this great is that it helps you to plan
your day, especially when you can see all the
places you want to visit on the map. Google takes this a step further and even
offers a suggested day trip feature that will plan a daily itinerary for you,
based on your list of saved items and your location. The app already has
suggested day plans built into the main home screen, but this allows you to
create your own custom day plans based on what you want to see. It’s super cool.
Number five: User and locational awareness. One of the features of Google
Trips that really separates it from other itinerary services is that it
recommends places based on your search history. This might seem invasive to some
folks, but I think it makes a lot of sense. For example, if you’re a vegan, the
app should recommend restaurants that fit your diet. And if you’re LGBT, it
should show you LGBT friendly locations. Additionally, Google Trips adjusts
recommendations based on weather conditions. For example, if it’s raining,
Google Trips will actually adjust recommendations toward indoor activities.
It’s just another way for the app to harness the data collected by Google.
Number six: Discounts. This feature isn’t available in all locations, but in some
cities, Google Trips will show you available discounts for tours and
attractions. Again, it’s not a must-have feature, but
it’s something that separates it from other travel itinerary services. Number seven:
Multi-city support. If your trip spans multiple locations,
Google Trips automatically shows you information on each location. It’s a nice
touch and makes it a compelling alternative to carrying multiple
guidebooks. Number eight: Offline capabilities. Since connectivity can be
sometimes be a challenge, especially when traveling internationally, Google Trips
allows you to download your information so you can access it offline. This is
something that I definitely recommend doing, along with Google Maps, to ensure
that you always have access to maps and info on your phone. As of October 2017,
the only features that I think are missing from Google Trips are: Number one:
Web interface. Google Trips is only available as an app, which means that
there isn’t a way to access information from the web. While it’s not critical, it
will be nice to access information from my computer.
Number two: Travel notifications and support. Other itinerary apps have
features that will notify you of flight status and gate changes, even in their
free basic versions. This is something that I would love to see Google Trips
offer in the future. I’ve even noticed that TripIt and Kayak seem to often have
more up-to-date information than even the boards in the airport. TripIt
Premium which cost $49 a year and has some additional features that I would love to
see offered on Google Trips as well. This includes tracking frequent flyer miles,
notifying you of better available seats, and even helping you to get a refund if
your trip plans fall apart. Number three: Non Gmail integrations.
Google Trips only works with Gmail accounts at the moment, so if you’re
using other email providers then you won’t be able to sync your account with
Google Trips. If you do have a Google account, but maybe it’s not your primary
email address, you can still forward your reservations to your Gmail account so it
gets picked up by Google Trips. Lastly, it’s worth noting that not all the
features are available in every location. For example, when I compare the features
for our upcoming UK trip versus our Mexico trip in August, it’s clear that
there is a difference in the amount of information from Google that is
available for these two locations. Though with all the data that Google collects, I
think it’s safe to assume that the gaps will be filled soon. And that’s a review of
Google Trips. Do you use Google Trips or any other
itinerary services? If so, please let us know in the comments section below. If
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20 thoughts on “Google Trips | Organize & Maximize Your Travel Automatically

  1. Another great video review & tips Ernest ! I hear good things as well I'm using Google Trips it's awesome !ย 

    Jose P.

  2. I can't seem to share my trip with the rest of the people going on the trip with me. Am I missing something? Google is the king of collaborative documents so this seems like a pretty huge feature they're missing. Other than that, I think the app looks really promising!

  3. Ernest, I am seeking a new app. I was a Travefy fan, but they removed the printable pdf feature on the free site. I am old school, and I like to print my itineraries. Does Google Trips offer this? If not, do you recommend another such app with this feature? I also prefer being able to do the bulk of the work on my computer, so I'm a bit sad regarding the lack of web interface. Thanks!

  4. I want an app where I can punch in how much money to spend on food and it will show me those restaurants or little shops

  5. great app, but the reservation part is missing basics things, like for example tickets to a show or a concert

  6. I was using travefy app previously, unfortunately they had removed expenses feature and limits only for pro paid version. Look forward maybe an expenses feature in google trips app too

  7. The biggest turnoff and why I will choose TripIt over this is there's no way to PRINT THE ITINERARY. When you're draining your battery constantly checking your phone and forgot to charge your backup battery the night before, you're shit outta luck. That's why you need to be able to print the itinerary to a sheet of paper. My tour company a while back gave us our 2-week itinerary neatly arranged on a single sheet of paper and that was the single most useful thing, even with my pocket WiFi.

    I may still use this since it's mostly automated but I'll stick to something I can print out as my main planner.

  8. Hi Ernest! So sad they are closing soon ๐Ÿ™ I am traveling next month and I cant find the way to share my activities to my family. Can we do it? I have a samsung s9+ :/

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