Google Trip App - Our review

Google Trip App - Our review

September 26, 2016


If you’re anything like us, you love to travel. Moreover, by now, you’ve probably heard the week’s big news about the arrival of Trips. The app is the latest offering from Google, and it promises to enhance the future of travel as we know it. And best of all, it’s free!

A quick glance certainly gave us enough reason to be intrigued. After all, any improvement to our holidays and trips has to be a good thing, right?

We took a closer look at the App; here are our initial thoughts.

What Is It?

In a nutshell, Trips is your portal to planning your upcoming trips like never before. The app is built to improve organisation, and take your enjoyment to the next level.

Trips is the product of a two-year journey for Google, and you can instantly tell that they have big plans for the project. Aimed at casual and regular holidaymakers alike, the app can organise your flight, hotel and rental reservations all in one place. Meanwhile, it can help you create an itinerary to ensure that you enjoy your stay to the fullest.

Trips is broken into six main features. They are;

  •    Reservations – collating data from flights, hotel bookings, car rentals, etc.
  •    Things To Do – a list of local attractions and events.
  •    Saved Places – manually stored places of interest.
  •    Food & Drink – a list of restaurants, bars, etc.
  •    Day Plans – suggested itineraries based on length of stay and your preferences.
  •    Getting Around – transport information.

Google Trips Review - First Screen Featured

What Are The Positives?

The first thing you’ll notice about the app is that the design is crisp, clear, and colourful. If holidays are meant to put a smile on your face, then the appearance of the app certainly taps into those ideas.

Arguably the best selling feature of the app, however, is that it will save you time and money. In truth, you could access almost all of the data manually. This could be done using Trip Advisor, Maps, logging into your email reservations, and using a day planner app. But why bother when you can do everything in one place? Let’s face it; the reduction of data roaming alone makes it a worthwhile idea.

Regarding the individual sections, the Day Plans section is the clear favourite. Those level of control on those itineraries is fantastic. Whether you’re an art-lover, music enthusiast, or sports nut doesn’t matter. The Trips App will ensure that you never get bored on holiday again. And it will often show you attractions that you wouldn’t have known about otherwise.

How Can The Service Improve?

It seems a little nit-picky, but the database will need to grow with time. Launching with 200 cities is more than adequate as a starting foundation. But international travel is more accessible than ever. To be blunt, I don’t think anyone really needs suggestions of things to do in London or New York anyway.

The other major gripe is that you need a Gmail account to see the full benefits. You can sign in and sign out, but it’s a lot of effort. Long-term, I think this is another push by Google to get everyone using their email service. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but if it’s not your preferred choice, then it does feel like you’re being forced.

Unpopular opinion alert: Google could arguably benefit from adding some premium content too. Paid services like TripIt, for example, can track travel reward points and other cool features. It wouldn’t be for everyone, but having the option would be cool. Given that it would be a chance to earn money I’m sure someone at Google is already onto it.

Is It Worth A Download?

For most travellers, the answer is probably. It’s available on IOS and Android. Truthfully, I don’t think it’s suddenly going to transform a 5/10 holiday to a 10/10 time of your life. But if it can save you a little time and money, while making you aware of one or two new attractions, it's gonna do more good than harm.