Google Travel Tips You Probably Didn’t Know About

The summer travel season is fast approaching, which means that more people will be planning their destinations soon. And if you plan to travel or drive to your destination, Google Maps and Google Flights can help.

For example, Google Flights can help you track prices for any dates you plan to travel. And if you’re heading to a new mall out of town, Google Maps can help you figure out how to get away from the crowds. If you are going on a spring break trip and don’t know the airport very well, Google Maps can easily help you to find some food or coffee there. And if you’re driving separately to your destination, you can use Google Maps to let your friends and family know where you are.

Keep reading and we’ll tell you all the ways Google can help you make your vacations go smoothly.

Find out the cost of the trip on which date you plan to leave

On May 2, Google announced a new feature that lets you find the best deal on flights to your destination. You can now start tracking prices to find deals for any date, and Google will send you an email if it detects lower-than-normal prices in the next three to six months.

Simply head over to Google Flights on your browser and type in your destination. If you do not have a specific travel date in mind, select any dates To find the best deal.

Navigating through airports, shopping malls and transit stations

If you need to quickly find a store in a large mall, Google Maps expands your range Guide Tab for all airports, malls and transit stations. This can help when running around the airport trying to find a place to eat or pick up a last-minute souvenir before catching your flight. The tab will tell you the destination’s business hours and match. You can search in restaurants, stores, lounges, and parking lots.

Google Maps can tell you how busy a restaurant is.

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Browse Google Maps to see how busy the place is

Google has added a new feature to File Google Maps Busy Tool. You can actually search for a site, such as a company, to see a chart that shows how crowded the site is in real time. A new feature called Busy Zone now lets you know when entire map areas are clogged with people.

To use the new feature, you can open the Google Maps app on your Android or iPhone (or your computer’s browser) and navigate around the map to find a general area, for example, downtown, a riverside walk, or a strange nearby town. Busy information will now automatically appear on the map, so you don’t need to specifically search for a place to see how crowded it is. Google Maps might say something like “occupied area” and when you tap for more details, it could say, for example, “Busy as busy.”

Track your route in Google Maps

Google Maps can plan your trips, but it can also quickly show you flights, hotel, rental cars, and restaurant reservations, saving you the trouble of searching your email for check-in times and confirmation numbers.

To find out about your upcoming reservations:

1. In Google Maps, tap rescued in the bottom menu row.

2. handle Reservations. Here, you’ll see a list of upcoming reservations you’ve made that Maps pulled from your Gmail emails.

3. Select an item to learn more about your reservation, including the date and location.

4. You can also search for “My bookings” in the Google Maps search box to see a list of what you’ve booked.

Make a restaurant reservation directly in Google Maps

Planning a dinner night out with a large group can be daunting, especially when you go at a busy hour. Google Maps can help you book lunch or dinner. Here’s how.

1. In Maps, tap Restaurants Click on the top of the map to see a list of places to eat.

2. Select a restaurant that looks good, and in the popup, book a table or join a queue, if they give you that option (not all you do).

Remember that you can use the busy feature mentioned above to choose the least crowded place. Also note that some restaurants closed for dining may still allow delivery, curbside pickup, or outdoor seating.

Google Maps logo on the phone

Let friends and family know when you’ll arrive by sharing your location.

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Use Google Maps offline

Heading to a remote location where you may not have a mobile network connection? Google Maps can still give you directions when you’re offline.

1. Before heading out, search Maps for the location you want directions to.

2. In the Location window, drag the list at the bottom.

3. Scroll right across the tabs and tap Downloadthen in the next window, click Download repeatedly. Maps will download a map to your phone for the area you selected.

Now, while using Google Maps to get directions in the area you downloaded a map for, when you lose your cellular connection, the maps will go to the offline map to guide you. Note that since you are offline, Maps will not be able to provide real-time traffic information.

Find electric car charging places and gas stations wherever you are

If you take your electric vehicle for shopping, dinner, or on vacation, Google Maps can help you find electric vehicle charging stations on your route, along with estimated wait times for the charging port. You can also filter your search by connector type – eg J1772 or CCS (Combo 1 or 2) and Tesla – to watch only stations compatible with your EV. Note that you can also search for gas stations by following the same instructions. (Here’s how you can save money at the pump.)

1. In Maps, scroll through the tabs at the top of the screen and tap more.

2. Scroll down to the Services section and select Charging electric vehicles.

3. The maps will display the nearby charging stations and their number available.

4. press a charging station on the map for maps to add as a stop on your journey.

You can also use this trick to search for other places along your route, such as a coffee shop.

Share your location through Google Maps

Is there anything more frustrating during a group activity than when the group splits up and no one can find the other? Google Maps can help bring you together again.

1. In Google Maps, click on your profile icon in the upper right corner and click Share location.

2. handle Share location Decide who you want to share your location with and for how long.

3. handle Shareand Google Maps will send your location to everyone you selected.

4. If you want to see someone else’s location, click that person’s icon at the top of the window and then click Request.

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