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Make your travel search less annoying with ‘Google Destinations’

Google Destinations, with certain search terms, returns the summaries of different trips a user can take, including flight costs, hotel rates, places to see and things to do.

By: IANS | New York | Published: March 10, 2016 1:20 pm
google destinations main_759 All of this information comes from Google’s “Flights and Hotel” search engines, along with its massive directory of local business listings and attractions.

No more struggling on various browser tabs on your smartphone to plan a trip as search engine giant Google has rolled out a new tool to do an online recce and schedule your holidays without any hassle.

Earlier, people tended to use multiple tabs and apps on their smartphones to search about places and cost of travel, only to get lost between the choices. “Google Destinations”, with certain search terms, returns the summaries of different trips a user can take, including flight costs, hotel rates, places to see and things to do.

Watch a video on how to use it here.

“Instead of jumping between a dozen links or tabs to get the information you need, you can sit back and scroll-and leave the heavy lifting to us,” Pcworld.com quoted Google as saying. For example, a search for “India destinations” brings up trip details for Goa, Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and more.

On this page, user can filter by interests (such as art, architecture or culture) and price, and specify exact travel dates. All of this information comes from Google’s “Flights and Hotel” search engines, along with its massive directory of local business listings and attractions.

Tapping on any of these places leads to a page with greater detail, including itineraries, top sights, an estimated total trip price, and the climate of the place. There’s also a “Plan a Trip on Google” tab where user can flights, hotels and restaurants related to that place.

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    Lorenzo Montarese
    Mar 11, 2016 at 10:29 pm
    It is more than an year who I’m trying to develop a platform dedicated to the travelers, in december, trying to find help for my project, I signed up to Google Launchpad and Microsoft BizSpark, they accepted my project with only the description (English Italian) that I post here below, but when I sent a mail to the support service of Google Launchpad asking for help from Google, (with Streak) I saw that my email was opened many times, probably in different places and after any days they said that they can't help me. Today I saw this news and I'm asking myself if Google still follow the way of “Don't be evil” My fear is that they absorb it slowly, let me explain: These days I was skiing in the Italian Alps, and I read the news that [My Tracks] the app of Google to trace the paths in a simple and intuitive way, will stop working since April 30, 2016 4 days ago the news that Chis Poole, the founder of 4chan, will work for Google, probably with the aim of relaunching the social services of the company Yesterday this news .... I absolutely do not feel myself in the position of accuse anyone and I admire very much Mr.Poole for what he has created and the fact of providing publicly his email to anyone who needs to contact him, which is rare for a person in his position In recent months I have sent this project many times, to university professors, companies and people more or less involved in the IT world. By the views to the emails, the answers and phone and in-person interviews, I realized that the project has value and arouses interest in anyone who reads it, but apart from that, no one will give you help if you do not already have your own team. I tried to form a team, but the amount of work for three people is exaggerated and it would also be for ten, because these people will hardly spend more than a few hours per week to the project and the funds are not billionaires. I wrote to Google hoping to find help, because they would have both the forces that the interest to build the project, but overcome the "switchboard" level is really hard and only a person in a certain position of relevance could take the decision to embark on a collaboration. So I ask myself if there's a way to get to talk to someone important who has the power to decide whether or not to initiate a development path, regardless of what are the business protocols of the case. I hope that they do not take freely from the project, because it would be something really disturbing from a company that claims always to work for the common good, and has as motto "Do not be evil", as well as all our data…
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