Tutorial | How to Use Google Trips

Hey! Hello from a windy San Miguel de Allende,
Mexico. Don’t mind the wind. If you travel a lot, you might be familiar
with things like TripIt, Kayak Trips, Worldmate, but I’m actually here to run through a newly
updated and better than ever travel app – Google Trips. Google Trips is a free app that not only helps
you manage your air, hotel, ground transportation, and your reservations, but combines it with
suggestions of places to visit and things to do at your destination. It’s amazing, and I’ll show you just how amazing
it is! Let’s take a look at my previous trip to Boston. I promise never to do that accent again, I’m
so sorry. We’re going to open the map – nope – you’re
going to open the app, and click on Boston. First and foremost, you will see a purple
box labelled “reservations.” Right off the bat, Google Trips is going to
aggregate all of your data. If you’ve made a travel arrangement using
your gmail address, it’s going to be here under the “reservations” tab. It will aggregate things like your flights,
hotel, train, bus, car rentals, restaurants, and you can click these legs for specific
details. If you want to know where you’re sitting from
Boston to Mexico City, it will pull up things like your confirmation number, your departure
gate, the terminal, your seat number. Because my trip has already passed, these
details are no longer here, but it’s really helpful if you don’t want to dig through your
email address to find these confirmations. Let’s say you didn’t book something using
your gmail address, or perhaps you made a arrangements over the phone. You can click on this purple plus symbol down
here, and you can manually add any details you want. Input you car rental details and click save
in the upper righthand corner. I like to actually use this for notes. As you can see here, I bought tickets to a
Red Sox game, go Sox. They lost. That’s irrelevant but it’s OK, I’m over it. It was really helpful to put the details in
here so I didn’t have to fish through my email for Stubhub details. Going back to the homepage, if you look above
reservations, you will see an option to download a map of Boston. You can toggle this button to download the
map, and Google Trips will automatically upload it to Google Maps for you. I love using Google Maps because it gives
me access to a city both online and offline. I don’t actually have to be connected to wifi
to either see where I’m going or to look up points of interest. Back to the app, below you’ll see things like
“things to do,” “food and drink,” “getting around.” Google actually pulls a list of the top points
of interest in Boston. You can even click on these things for more
details. So I’m looking at Boston Commons. From here, I can see reviews, a description
of the site, directions, website, and in some cases, even hours of operation. It is definitely the most handy way to look
up things to do without having to actually surf the web. It’s the same for “food and drink.” Let’s say I’m looking for a lunch spot, and
Neptune Oyster right off the bat looks pretty good to me. I can actually star this location, and again,
you get hours of operation. I can actually read through these reviews
and kind of assess if this is a venue that aligns with places that I like, or things
that I like to do. By clicking the star, this will automatically
sync with that map of the city that you’ve just previously downloaded. So I’ve just starred Boston Commons, I’m going
to just quickly show you what that looks like. Without having to physically go into – ooh
I accidentally un-starred it! Without physically having to open my map and
re-star things, I can just add points of interest right from the app, which is great. As I mentioned, I have already gone to Boston,
these stars, and hearts, and green areas of interest are things that I starred directly
from the app. You can see that Neptune Oyster that I just
clicked on for lunch. This is a really handy way to save things
that you’re interested in without, again, having to go through and manually enter these
details onto the map itself. One of my favorite things that I’d be remiss
if I didn’t mention is the “getting around” tab. I absolutely love that Google Trips pools
details about the best way to travel within the city that you’re in. For me, I flew into Boston Logan, I had no
idea how I was going to get to – I was meeting friends and family. It was easy enough to click on the app and
see – oh, I can take the subway. It’s a blue line that connects
to XYZ and it costs $3. Whether you want to take public transportation,
or you want to hail a taxi service, Google Maps aggregates – sorry, Google Trips aggregates
everything for you so that you can see ok, here’s a major cab company. If you’re driving, driving rules, parking,
including costs, what it’s like to travel the city by bike. It’s everything you could possibly want to
know about how to get around a certain city. But perhaps my favorite feature of this app
is the “need to know” section. More often than not, I will get to a city
and have no idea how to call the police, or how to find an ambulance in case of an emergency. Heaven forbid there is one, but you can actually
just open this app and see, OK, here’s the major hospital, here are major pharmacies
in the city that I’m in. They include currency exchange, customs on
tipping, and again, these are things that I don’t often look up before I travel to a
new city. I should, but I forget these things until
I’m there and it’s often too late. So are there downsides to using this app? Sure. The app won’t automatically update your details
if you book something with a non gmail address, or if you book something by phone. But again, you just have to manually update
those, wow, update those details. Not a deal breaker for me, but I think it’s
something you should be aware of. There are a number of reasons though why I
prefer this app over other ones on the market. It’s free, it stores all my data that I need
in one succinct place, it syncs with Google Maps, which is huge for me. I use it all the time and it makes it really
easy to plan a trip, and really easy to figure out if the things that I am looking up align
with my interests. Let us know if you download the app. If you’ve used it, what did you think, what
features did you like, what didn’t you like? Thanks for watching! I’ll wait. I’ll wait for the wind. This is why I don’t wear lip gloss outside.

7 thoughts on “Tutorial | How to Use Google Trips

  1. Thank you. It was a nice intro into the app. This should work nicely for India. One thing I've noticed. It appears like you still should download offline maps in Google Maps because I don't think Travel really does that for you.

  2. How is it to leave in San Miguel? Do you actually leave there? (Sorry for asking a none Google trip related question, I actually use it a lot to)

  3. Serious travel plans on a tiny phone? Why would anyone drive themselves insane with that? The mistake margin is rather massive. It's complicated enough on a giant computer screen and real keyboard.

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