Last week, Google officially shut down its Google Trips travel planning app. This catch-all trip-planning mobile app neatly organized all your reservations and provided suggestions for things to do during your travels. We mourn its loss.
But rather than getting rid of these features altogether, Google has actually split them off into a few different platforms that you are probably already familiar with.
Read on to learn how you can still use Google Trips – without the app itself.
Find Trip Reservations Within Google Maps
Arguably the most valuable feature of Google Trips was its neat organization of all travel reservations, from flights to hotels to car rentals and more. This was Google’s answer to Concur’s TripIt travel planning app, which is a favorite among many travelers.
But rather than getting rid of the information completely, Google simply gave it a new home: Google Maps.
And when you are in the Google Maps app, you can simply press the menu button (those three horizontal bars in the top left corner) and select “Your Places.” From here, select “Reservations” and you will see all of your upcoming trips.
From here you can click into the individual trips to see flights, hotel bookings, rental car and any other reservation details, including confirmation numbers, you need to keep track of during your travels.
Google has also incorporated all this information into its travel hub – you’ll see it when you head to Google.com/travel.
Find Things to Do In Google Maps
Another great feature within Google Trips was the ability to find things to do while traveling. Whether that meant finding a great restaurant, bar or the top tourist attractions, Google Trips made it easier. And that functionality hasn’t gone away either. Like trip reservations, it just has a new home within Google Maps.
Google Maps will now allow you to explore restaurants, bars, hotels, and even events right from the maps screen. While this was certainly a nice feature of Google Trips, I do think it makes more sense to live within Google Maps.
Maps will also allow you to view any places you have saved. Simply tap on the three horizontal menu bars, select “Your Places” and then “Saved” to revisit anything you saved.
Find Trip Details Within Google Search
Though it wouldn’t be my first stop to find my trip information, all of the data that once lived within Google Trips can now be found with a simple Google search.
To find your trip reservations, simply search “my trips” and Google will quickly pull up all of your upcoming travel plans. From here, you can click into any of the individual trips and find all of the reservation info that once lived within Google Trips.
Users will also be able to find things to do by searching, you guessed it, “things to do” in the city of their choosing. I don’t see many situations where a user would choose to go this route over just using the Maps app, but nonetheless, it is an option.
Rather than dedicating resources to the Google Trips app, the tech giant has chosen to embed its most powerful features into its other platforms. It’s an interesting decision that will take some getting used to.
But if you have Google Maps installed on your mobile device, you can still find all of the best features you once loved using through the Trips app. Want to learn all of our best cheap travel tips and tricks? Start learning with our Thrifty Traveler University online lessons.