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Google adds travel planning search on mobile phones

Google adds travel planning search on mobile phones
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Google is introducing a travel app on mobile called Destinations on Google that lets travellers decide where and when to go on vacation, and to see at a peek what a trip is likely to cost, right from their mobile phones.

Google in a blog post, said it noted last year through its internal data for google.com a whopping 50 percent of increase in travel-related questions on mobile phones.

According to the company, even as that number grows, it can be hard to get all the right information in one place on a small screen.

‘’ There are a dizzying number of questions to answer when planning a trip: What are the best places to visit? What time of year is good to go? What kind of prices can I expect? Today we’re introducing something to make all this easier: Destinations on Google, which helps you discover and plan your next vacation, right from Google Search on your phone.’’

[weather_map width=”251″ height=”251″ city=”Lagos” layer=”clouds”]Here’s how it works: Search with Google on your mobile phone for the continent, country, or state you’d like to travel to and add the word “destination” to see an easy-to-browse collection of options. Destinations integrates a deep understanding of all the places in the world with Google Flights and Hotel search, so you can see available flight and hotel prices instantly. So 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’’

To find a vacation that’s just your style, search for a destination and something you’d like to do there, Google says ‘’ we’ll suggest spots that fit with your hobbies and interests.’’

If for instance, you are planning to take some time off say in June or July, but you haven’t decided exactly when to go. The “Flexible Dates” filter lets you refine your results by month, so you can see when fares and rates are lowest within the time range you want, across multiple destinations.

To avoid crowds or bad weather, select any destination and tap the “Explore” tab to see what the weather is like year-round and when your destination is most popular, based on historic visits from other travelers.

Once you’ve selected a destination, tap “Plan a trip” to see rates for hotels and flights. Google show you highs and lows for the next six months, so you can find the right price tag for you. And as you slide left or right, the results instantly update with real-time fares and rates, pulling from the trillions of flight itineraries and hotels Google price every day on Google Flights and Hotel search. You can also tap the pencil icon to customize results further with flight and hotel preferences, including number of stops, hotel class, and number of travelers.

This travel tool app by Google is going to be available on mobile browsers and also the Google app on iOS and Android mobiles.

 

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Donatus Anichukwueze Technology Journalist at Technology Times Media Phone No: 08074016066 e-mail: donatus.anichukwueze@technologytimes.ng

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