Google's travel trips are shut down on August 5, transferring their territory to applications like TripIt and RoadTrippers. This is unfortunate; The trips were a convenient application for travelers offering a quick and easy way to track your travel plans, find places and explore unfamiliar territory. You can also download your application information so that it is offline, very convenient when abroad and using a temporary data plan.
Google has created a page describing all the different methods that you can use to replace the Travel app features that will soon disappear. Here are some of Google's suggestions, with a few additional comments to help you get at least some of the same features:
- You can use Google Maps to find restaurants, entertainment, parks, and so on. in the area of your destination, This is a simple process well known to most Map users: Simply enter the category in the search box. But while this is a useful feature, it can often be awkward, especially on the phone, while zooming in and out while trying to compare each possible destination and determine the relative distance from where you are.
- Keep in mind that you need to do your map-based research before heading for your destination (preferably on a laptop where you can get a better overall view), it's a good idea to keep these possible restaurants, museums and other destinations so you can find them later. To do this on your laptop, click on the location and then select "Save" in the menu on the left. On your mobile device, when you tap the location of the location, the individual Maps page will appear. Then you can select "Save". In either case, you can make a star for the destination by finding it easier on the map or writing it to a list.
- A recent addition to the Mobile Maps app is the ability to find your travel reservations. Tap the three-line menu icon, select "Your places", then click "Upcoming" in the top row (you may have to scroll left to find it). Google will retrieve information from your Gmail and Calendar apps to create a list of your upcoming events. Once you have the list, you can tap the three points on the right side of each entry to go to the source of the information.
- You can also do a general search with Google for My Trips. On a mobile device, a list of your travel details will appear at the top of your search (along with the confidence that you are the only one who can see it). Select it and you will get a page for tracking your flights, any research you may have done on your upcoming trip, and local information about your destination.
- And last but not least: You'll find a great link to the mobile version of the new Google travel page at the bottom of the "My Trips" page. Excursions is a brand new Google site (which just has the same name as the mobile app) that collects and gives you access to all your saved and / or upcoming travel information by using Google's history on your calendar with hotel and airline reservations sent by email.
While the mobile version of the excursion site does not have all the benefits of the app for journeys that will be delayed (for example, you can not use the offline site), it is best to do so for the travel service of Google, especially since the app disappears in August.
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