On September 19, Google announced Google Trips for Android and iOS, a traveller's app that's designed to help you with not only everything you may need while planning your trip, but also while on it. From organizing flights to managing hotel reservations, it will do it all and it's completely free to use. Additionally, it can collect data from your trip related Google searches and use that history to intelligently recommend places and local attractions to you. Google maps are of course a part of the entire arrangement with clear walking routes, driving routes and other travel options as applicable. The part which we liked the most about Google Trips is the fact that you can download all this information on your phone even before you leave your home, so that bad cellular reception or international roaming bills doesn't interfere with your experience.
With detailed information on over 200 cities (and increasing) around the world and the ability to function offline, Google Trips is a must have for frequent travellers. Considering the fact that the app is completely free and will only continue to grow beyond its immediate limitations with each passing day, paid services like TripIt, which are built around the travelling industry, might start to get a little worried.
Saikat Kar (Tech-enthusiast)