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Wednesday Buzz: 'Destinations on Google' Makes Traveling Easier Than Ever

By / Mar 9, 2016 (Google)

Google’s new app puts the power of trip planning in the palm of your hand. Plus: Is your association’s app protecting its users?

Thanks to online tools like Kayak and Expedia, the relevance of travel agencies is rapidly declining, and Google’s latest project provides travelers with yet another means of empowerment.

The newly launched Destinations on Google allows vacation seekers to plan their trips, find answers to travel questions, and gain the insights they need before they pack their bags.

“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,” Radhika Malpani, Google’s engineering director of travel, explained in a blog post. “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.

The new feature also provides a “flexible dates” option, which will show you when you can get the cheapest airfare and hotel prices.

If you have specific activities you want to engage in during your vacation, enter your destination and keyword phrases, like “Australia scuba diving,” and Google will suggest areas that suit your interests.

Those with less specific desires can add a destination and the word “travel,” to see a list of popular itineraries.

And both pleasure seekers and businesses will appreciate the new tool’s estimated-trip-price feature, since companies and associations need to budget expenses for visiting clients or attending a convention.

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Eli Zimmerman

Eli is studying Journalism at the University of Maryland. When not studying, he likes to relax with a nice book or a couple rounds at the local boxing gym. More »

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