Google has come up with another travel app called the Trips, which is a free download for Android and iOS users. The objective behind it is to provide users with a personal travel assistant, which can help a user organise their trip, by working closely with other Google apps such as Gmail and Google Maps.
Google’s tryst with travel apps so far, hasn’t been very impressive. Barring Google Maps, none of its other ventures such as Goggles, Field Trip, or Street View served any real purpose for users. Google Trips is designed to help users not just find new places they can visit but also serve as a trip planner.
Like majority of Google apps, you can login to Trips with your Google account. However, Gmail integration has to be activated in the apps’s Settings by checking in Trips for Gmail option. This feature allows Trips app to pull-up and show any hotel, flight, train or bus reservation made by you using the same Gmail id. And what you get with Trips is a wealth of information that will be very handy at some point of time or the other.
The app’s home page provides popular travel suggestions across the world with an image of one of the landmark sites associated with it. Once can search for new places by typing the name of the place in the search bar at the top of the home page.
Once you have zeroed on a place and decided the dates you want to be there, the app will take you to the next page which shows options such as Things to Do (This further clubs all places under different sub-sections based on people’s tastes and interests), Food & Drink (places where you can get local as well as Indian food), Getting Around (how and where to catch a train/bus and where to order a taxi) and Need to know (which number to dial in case of emergency, what is the food tax and how much you should tip the waiters). The sheer number of options available makes it relevant for every user.
The in-built Maps integration allows users to check out all the places in their vicinity on the Maps along with the directions to reach there.
What makes the app even more relevant for travellers is the offline mode which downloads all the details related to the city the user has decided to go to. The offline content ensures user can access all the information at anytime. Also, it will save up the cost that they might have incurred otherwise while browsing the app online.
Is it worth downloading?
This is not a booking app like MakeMyTrip or ClearTrip. It only provides information on new places which can make travelling abroad a little easier for users.
What makes it irresistible is the sheer variety and options it offers. What is impressive about it is that it is not limited to a few popular travel destinations as is the case with most other travel apps. It includes small and remote places across the planet, such as Mashobra, a small town in Himachal Pradesh. The fact that it has clubbed the various activities separately makes using it easy. Its free, doesn’t charge subscription, works offline and free from advertisements.