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Google travels gets a desktop version called ‘Trips’

Google is rolling out a new Portal that hosts all you need to embark on a journey

Google Trip as it is been officially called, is a new portal for travel planning which makes organizing trips on desktop an easy task for every and anyone. Just like any of the hotel booking website that you have come across, including the one that was launched by Google for smartphones sometimes last year, Google Trip is considered to be an upgraded version, offering a top-notch hotel and flight search experience.

Google decided to offer a desktop version of the travel planner probably because, some, or let’s say a lot of people prefer to carry out their planning activity on a PC, usually a bigger screen. Even at that, there is no major difference from what the feature used to be, except the fact that users now have a bigger UI to surf through.

To access it, you simply have to go to google.com/travel or just do a search for travel-related queries, such as hotel.ng among several others. Like its mobile counterpart, it gives you access to flights, hotels, tour packages, and other relevant information in one place. The left-hand menu has tabs that give you access to each of those details. If you’re signed into your Google account, it can also give you trip suggestions based on your location and previous searches. Also, it can keep track of all the places and flights you’ve saved so you can go back to where you left off.

Once you’ve already booked hotels and flights, it will automatically add the information to your timelines, so long as you’ve received an email confirming the bookings. The portal will also keep a record of the hotels and the activities you’ve looked at and saved in the near future. If you care so much about privacy, there is an option to opt out by changing your “private results” and “web & app activity” settings.

Meanwhile, Google is rolling out an update for Maps alongside Google Trip. The update for Map highlights popular neighborhoods in the place you’re visiting by describing what they’re known for. This will bring about more integration with the Trip in coming months as your hotel and restaurant reservations will henceforth be accessible from Maps, as well.

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