Despite flight delays and cancellations, the summer travel season still hasn’t slowed down. And if you’re looking to plan your next trip soon, you’ll want to take advantage of Google Maps and Google Flights, which can help make your trip a little less complicated.
Google Flights can help you track prices for any date you plan your flight. Also, if you’re going on a trip and don’t know the airport very well, Google Maps can easily help you find some food or coffee there.
Keep reading for many more ways to help Google make your vacation go smoothly. For more information, check out these three new Google Maps features.
See how much a flight will cost for whatever date you plan to leave
In May, Google announced a feature that would let you find the best deals on flights bound for your destination. Now you can 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 go to Google Flights on your browser and type in your destination. If you don’t have a specific date in mind, choose any date To find the best deal.
Navigate through airports, malls and transit stations
If you need to quickly find a store in a big mall, Google Maps is expanding it directory Tabs for all airports, malls and transit stations. This can help when you’re running around an airport looking for a place to eat or trying to grab a last-minute souvenir before you catch your flight. The tab will tell you the destination’s business hours and the floor it is on. You can look through 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 a place is
Google has added a new feature to its Google Maps business tool. Already you can search for a location, such as a business, to see a chart that shows how crowded it is in real time. Now a new feature called Area Business lets you see when the entire map area is full of people.
To use the new feature, you open the Google Maps app on your Android or iPhone (or your computer’s browser) and walk around the map to find a general area, such as downtown, the Riverwalk, or a quaint town nearby. Engagement information will now automatically appear on the map, so you don’t have to specifically search for a place to see how crowded it is. Google Maps might say something like “busy area” and when you click for more details, it might say, for example, “as busy as it gets.”
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Track Your Itinerary in Google Maps
Google Maps can chart your travels, but it can also quickly show you your flight, hotel, car rental, and restaurant reservations, allowing you to search through your email for check-in times and confirmation numbers. Trouble can be avoided.
To view your upcoming reservations:
1, In Google Maps, tap Rescued down in the menu row.
2, tap Reservation, Here, you’ll see a list of upcoming reservations you’ve made that Maps has pulled out of email in Gmail.
3, Select an item to see more about the reservation, including the date and location.
4, You can also search for “my reservations” in the Google Maps search box to see a list of what you’ve booked.
Make a restaurant reservation directly in Google Maps
Planning dinner with a large group can be a hassle, especially when you go through a busy time. Google Maps can help you book lunch or dinner reservations. This way.
1, In Maps, tap restaurant Button at the top of the map to see a list of places to eat.
2, Select a restaurant that looks good, and in the window that pops up, reserve a table or join the waiting list, if it gives you that option (not all do).
Remember that you can use the Busy feature described above to select the least packed space. Also, note that some restaurants that are closed for dining may still allow delivery, curbside pickup, or outdoor seating.
Tell friends and family when you’ll arrive by sharing your location.
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Use Google Maps Offline
Moving to a remote location where you may not have a mobile network connection? Google Maps can give you directions even when you’re offline.
1, Before you leave, search inside maps to the location you want directions to.
2, in the window of the place, pull up menu on the bottom.
3, Scroll through the tabs to the right and tap downloadand then tap in the next window download Again. Maps will download a map to your phone for the area you selected.
Now, when you use Google Maps for directions to an area for which you’ve downloaded a map, the map will switch to an offline map to guide you when you lose your cellular connection. Note that since you’re offline, Maps won’t be able to provide real-time traffic information.
Find EV charging spots and gas stations wherever you are
If you’re taking your electric vehicle out for shopping, dinner or vacation, Google Maps can help you find EV 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, CCS (Combo 1 or 2) And Tesla — to only see stations that are compatible with your EV. Note that you can also find a gas station by following these same instructions. (Here’s how you can save money at the pump.)
1, In Maps, scroll to the tab at the top of the screen and tap More,
2, Scroll down to the Services section and select electric vehicle charging,
3, The map will display nearby charging stations and how many are available.
4, tap charging station To add the map as a stop on the map for your trip.
You can also use this trick to find other places along your route, like coffee shops.
Share your location via Google Maps
Is there anything more frustrating during a group activity than when the group falls apart and no one can find each other? Google Maps can help bring you all back together.
1, In Google Maps, tap your profile icon in the upper right corner and tap location sharing,
2, tap share location And choose who you want to share your location with and for how long you want to share it.
3, tap shareAnd Google Maps will send your location to everyone you choose.
4, If you want to see someone else’s location, tap that person’s icon at the top of the window, and then tap Prayer,
For more travel advice, here’s our guide to saving money on travel, even when flying costs add up. Check out 18 travel tips for a stress-free summer vacation, plus these must-have travel gadgets for international trips. Plus, here’s how to travel without using up your vacation days.