Google has just launched new features for vacation planning.
The innovations introduced by Google Flights and Google Hotels allow users to receive alerts about price drops and best deals to their favorite destinations, search for upgraded hotels in proximity to sites, restaurants, and shopping areas, or research the best destinations for a road trip.
Tracking flight prices on various dates through Google Flights
It has always been possible to track flight prices for a specific date. Now you can create a price change alert up to six months ahead.
Finding nearby destinations or those best suited for a road trip through Explore
The feature allowed users to search for different destinations worldwide using search filters such as budget or duration. Now it will also display a pink tab called Explore Nearby.
Click on this tab to narrow your search to places you can travel to in just a few hours. Then, select any destination to find useful information, including average hotel prices in the area and the weather forecast. And if you decide to go for it, there are many ways Google Maps can help.
Search and find hotels in great locations directly through Google.com/travel
Traveling to a new city? Choosing the neighborhood where you will stay can be a deciding factor. With new points of interest on the map, you can quickly see which areas have the most restaurants, shopping, or guided tours.
For more popular destinations, you can also tap on ‘Where to stay’ below the search filters for a helpful guide to the neighborhood. On some trips, you may want easy access to specific coordinates or addresses. For example, you can enter this location in the search bar of the hotel or the holiday apartments and have the option to view hotels within a 15–30-minute walk or drive. This is a handy function when planning to attend a wedding or a conference so that you can stay nearby.
Stay on top of it all
For those planning their dream vacation, there’s a new way to keep track of places of interest, so you can continue planning your trip exactly where you left off. Just click on the bookmark icon for each hotel or vacation rental, and it will be saved for you to browse below. To view your saved properties, look for the tab and save it on your mobile or add it to the right pane of your desktop.