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Google is continuing on its mission to help us all plan our vacations more efficiently. Its latest efforts are designed to bring the various elements involved in planning a vacation together using the whole of Google, including Search, Maps, and Trips.
Vacations Can Be a Pain to Plan
In February 2018, Google aligned its vacation planning tools. The company realized that unless you pay a premium for a package holiday, there are so many elements involved that vacations can be a pain to plan. And now it’s improving its planning tools again.
Google explains the most recent changes in a post on The Keyword. The overarching theme is stitching your trip plans together across Google. And that’s the point. Google wants to be the one tool to rule them all when it comes to vacation planning.
Improving Your Vacation Planning Toolset
The first improvement allows you to resume planning where you left off. This means that even if you haven’t booked anything, when you search for a popular travel destination Google will show you relevant suggestions in Search.
As you start booking parts of your holiday Google will further customize your search results. For example, if you’ve already booked a hotel in Rome, the next time you search for Rome Google will show you flight prices, the weather, and any events taking place.
Google is also expanding your ability to track flight prices during the holidays. The company already offers this for Thanksgiving, but will now extend this through Christmas and New Year. This should save you paying over the odds for a flight.
Last but not least, Google wants to help you choose a hotel based on its location. To enable this Google is assigning each hotel a location score based on information pulled from Google Maps. You can then pick a hotel based on its proximity to your interests.
Making It Easier to Plan Your Vacation
Individually these changes are all fairly minor, but when combined they add up to a collection of tools almost guaranteed to make it easier to plan your next vacation. As long as you’re willing to give Google access to all of this information about your trip.