Google's Travel App Trips closes on August 5 and cedes its territory to apps like TripIt and RoadTrippers. It is unhappy; Trips was a handy traveler app that lets you quickly and easily track your travel plans, find your saved places, and explore unknown areas. You can also download your information to the app for offline access. This is very handy if you are overseas and use a temporary data plan.
Google has created a page describing all the different methods of replacing the features of the Trips app for the future. Here are some suggestions from Google with some additional comments that will give you at least some of the same functionality:
- Google Maps lets you find restaurants, entertainment, parks, and so on around your destination. This is a simple process that is familiar to most Google Maps users: Just enter the category in your search box. Although this is a useful feature, especially on a telephone, it can sometimes be awkward to zoom in or out as you try to compare every possible destination and determine the relative distance to your location.
- If you have the foresight to do your map-based research before heading to your destination (preferably on a laptop for a better view), you should store these potential restaurants, museums and other destinations, you can use them later. To do this, click on the location on your laptop and then select "Save" in the menu on the left. When you tap the location of your location on your mobile device, its separate "Maps" page appears. You can then choose "Save". Either way, you can either mark the destination to make it easier to find on the map, or save it to a list. Find your travel reservations. Tap the three-line menu icon, choose "Your Places," and then tap "Pending" in the top line (you may need to scroll to the left to find it). Google has retrieved information from your Gmail and Calendar apps to compile a list of your upcoming events. Once you have the list, you can tap the three dots to the right of each entry to get to the source of the information.
- You can also perform a general Google search for "My Travel" on a mobile device, displaying a list of your personal travel information at the top of your search (along with the assurance that you're the only one who can see it). Select this option and you will see a page listing your flights, any inquiries about your upcoming trip, and local information about your destination.
- Last but not least: At the bottom of the My Travel page is a great link to the mobile version of the new Google Travel page. Trips is a brand new Google Web site (which happens to have the same name as the mobile app), where you can collect and retrieve all information about your saved and / or upcoming trips using your Google history of calendar entries along with email. Mail sent hotel and airplane reservations.
Although the mobile version of the Trips website does not provide all the benefits of the App Trips that will soon go down (for example, you can not use the website offline), it may be the best choice for a Google Travel service, especially if the App is no longer available this coming August.
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