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Google figured out a way to take the stress out of vacation planning

Ananya Bhattacharya
By Ananya Bhattacharya

Tech reporter

Google has a new app to help people create an instant itinerary for their trips.

While there’s no shortage of travel apps, Google Trips sits comfortably between comprehensive planners and quirky local guides. The app, which is available on iOS and Android, acts as a vacation planner that weighs in recommendations from travel guides, online reviews, and other sources.

 

The app maps out local sights, activities, bars, and restaurants. By default, it comes loaded with the most popular attractions for 200 cities based on visits by other travelers. But for those who want to steer away from cookie-cutter itineraries, Google Trips will also suggest plans around specific places people want to visit. Once they’ve set their criteria, it will automatically fill in the day based on how much time is allotted. A “magic wand” button also reveals more nearby sights.

Travelers won’t have to worry about having internet access either. The app automatically gathers information, such as restaurant reservations and car-rental bookings, from Gmail, and makes it available to download for offline access.

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