PREPARE TO EXPLORE
Choose your own adventure travel blog
Google Trips is great, right? But it could be even better.
I’ve used Google Trips for the past few years. I’ve used it to plan everything from week-long vacations to quick day trips. It is my go-to app when I travel, since it stores all my travel information and suggests things to do in a new city.
Using the app as much as I have over the past couple years, I have a few improvement suggestions for the Google geniuses. Here’s a few features I’d like to see in Google Trips:
How great would it be if Google Trips had a list of 10 to 20 common phrases to know in your country? Knowing simple phrases like “Thank you” and “How much” help a great deal.
Whether you’re buying a souvenir at the airport or exchanging money at the beginning of a 10-day adventure, it’d be great to know the current currency conversions. It would be a great tool to avoid getting hustled.
While I always suggest people learn a lot about a country before visiting it, some people just get up and go without doing the research. In the case of just packing a bag and going, it’d be great to know some the religious customs to follow while visiting a country like Israel or Saudi Arabia.
Knowing which countries might require women to cover their hair or men to wear long sleeves would be a helpful guide for the clueless among us.
Additional “Day plans”
The “Day plans” feature of the app has been very useful in my travels. It’s helped me plan out walking tours and museum visits around the globe. But it can be better.
Instead of offering 2 to 4 day trips, offer more. There are so many incredible things to do in places like Reykjavik. Two day plans?! Cmon, bro. You can do better, Google Trips.
I understand that a lot of travelers do not want to do the amount of research I do before I go on trips. They play it fast and loose and have a great time. I can’t do that, I need to do a lot of research.
One of the features I would LOVE to see in Google Trips is a “Suggested Reading List.” It would be a curated list of articles, lists or books about the city/country you’re traveling too. I would be so happy to see Google Trips directing to articles by Travel and Leisure, National Geographic and more.
Do you use Google Trips and have any recommendations to make it better? Comment below!
Hey! I'm Christian.