App of the week: Google Trips

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GOOGLE INTRODUCED an app called Trips last year to help people organise their travel plans and figure out what to do once they arrive at their destination.

The app will organise your plane tickets and hotel reservations, offer editorial guides to more than 200 cities and make personalised recommendations based on your Google history.

Best of all, Trips works offline: you can download everything to your phone before you leave, including maps and walking directions — sparing you from having to use an expensive international data plan.

Trips requires you to log in with your Google account. Once you’ve signed in, you will be presented with a list of your upcoming and previously completed trips.

Tap into a future trip and you’ll find a colourful grid of options to explore. Reservations organises your flights, hotel information, and any rental car reservations you may have made. “Need to Know” has useful information about getting from the airport to the centre of the city, the local currency and what to do in case of an emergency.

The heart of the app is Things to Do, which builds custom itineraries based on how long you’ll be in town, popular destinations and anything that you’ve previously starred or saved on a Google service.

If you’ve got your cellular connection active, Trips will pull in real-time information about which destinations are open or closed. It will also make adjustments based on time of day and weather — if it starts raining, for example, the app will recommend indoor activities. And if you want an I’m Feeling Lucky-style recommendation for your day, tap the big red ‘magic wand’ button and Google will offer you a random highlight from the city.

Quik is available for iOS and Android.

 

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