Google adds 3 new features for people who are preparing to travel again

As search trends show new interest in travel, Google is adding new features to help people plan their next trip.

Google reports that by April 2021, the number of searches for hotels has reached the highest level in 10 years, as are searches for “where can I travel” and “restrictions on travel by country/region.”

In order to help answer these questions and keep people informed about travel inquiries, Google has introduced three new features in its search results.

Google adds 3 new features for people who are preparing to travel again

New travel-related features in Google search results

Today’s update of Google Search aims to help people keep abreast of the latest travel guides and explore potential destinations.

Latest travel guide

When searchers are looking for travel information, such as flights, hotels, or things to do, Google currently tells them if there are travel recommendations related to COVID-19 or restrictions on their desired destination.

Google is now adding more travel restriction details, such as whether people need to be quarantined on arrival or provide proof of test results or immunization records.

Searchers can track travel recommendations or restrictions for potential destinations and get email updates. When viewing travel advice, users will see the option “If this guide changes, receive email.”

Selecting this option will allow people to receive notifications when restrictions are added, removed, or reduced. These updates are country-specific and have state-specific information in the United States.

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Destination creativity

Google has updated the “Explore” feature to help people find their next travel destination. Google Flights users may be familiar with the “exploration” map, which shows flight prices for different destinations. Although the user must maintain flexibility in the location and time of travel.

Now, Explore has its own label on Google.com/travel, which has been redesigned to help users browse more flight information.

Users will see more destinations on the map, such as smaller cities and national parks. If they plan to do some kind of trip, they can filter destinations for interests such as outdoors, beaches, or skiing.

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The scope of recommendations can be narrowed by travel. For example, if the user only wants to view cities with airports, he can only select flights in the “travel mode”.

After choosing a destination, Google will indicate if there are travel recommendations or restrictions. In addition to flights, users will also see other useful information to plan their itinerary, such as hotels, things to do, the best time to visit, and so on.

Google adds 3 new features for people who are preparing to travel again

Plan road trips easily

For users who are planning a road trip, Google Maps can now help them decide in advance where to stop along the way.

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When using Google Maps on a desktop computer, please enter the starting point and final destination, and it is recommended to be displayed at the top of the map as different types of parking spaces, such as hotels, parks, campgrounds, and rest stops.

Choose a specific location to add it as a stop. After planning the itinerary, the route can be sent to the user’s mobile phone via text, email or the Google Maps application.

If the plan changes on the way, you can update the journey through the user’s mobile phone. Swipe up while navigating to find new stops along the way or delete previously scheduled stops.

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These functions are now available.

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