Google is making travel planning ridiculously easy with its latest feature: Google Destinations.
The nifty feature, available only on mobile, pulls together information on flights, hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions on one page. You can browse these through the neat, card-like interface and plan your trips without opening a single new tab.
Here is how it works. Google a continent, country, or state on your phone and append the word “destination.” You’ll get back a slew of information.
The Explore tab shows you year-round weather expectations and when your destination is most popular, based on historic visits from other travelers.
You can drill down further by searching for specific activities. In addition to the location, add words like “surfing,” “hiking,” or “skiing” to get back suggestions related to your hobbies and interests.
There’s also a Flexible Dates filter that lets you refine your results by month across multiple destinations. This is great if you’re looking for the best fares and rates or if you have constraints for when you can get time off. The blue arrow icon will let you browse the most-frequently traveled itineraries and makes suggestions based on other travelers’ visits to those places.
Once you’ve selected a destination, tap “Plan a trip” to see rates for hotels and flights. Google Search will show you the highs and lows for the next six months, “pulling from the trillions of flight itineraries and hotels we price every day on Google Flights and Hotel search.” Tap the pencil icon to customize results further with flight and hotel preferences, including number of stops, hotel class, and number of travelers.
Here’s a quick tutorial: