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Flying during the holidays? Read this before you book

Millions of Americans will fly somewhere for Thanksgiving this year—and for many of them the search for flights will begin this week. Last year we saw a spike in Google Flights searches for Thanksgiving dates starting in mid-October. So whether you’re flying to visit family or heading off on vacation, here are a few tips from Google Flights to help with your holiday travel planning this year.

1. Avoid the busiest travel days. The last thing you need during the holidays is the added headache of long lines at the airport, flight delays or cancellations. Americans are pretty predictable when it comes to Thanksgiving travel plans—flight searches over the last two years indicate that Friday Nov. 17, Wednesday Nov. 22 and Sunday Nov. 26 will be the busiest days to fly, so pick other travel days if possible.

Thanksgiving 2017 busiest days to fly

2. Prepare for busier airports. If you’ll be traveling domestically, be aware that airports in these U.S. cities tend to be the busiest:

2017 Thanksgiving Busiest Airports

If it’s an option to consider alternate airports, Google Flights can help you identify other more affordable options that are close to your destination. Just tap on “airports” in the flight insights bar and move the map icon to see the closest airport to your final destination.

3. Get away instead of going home for turkey. While many people choose to go home for the holidays, it’s also an ideal time to get away from it all. Whether you prefer the warm beaches of Hawaii, or you’re interested in exploring a new European city like Brussels, Destinations on Google has travel guides on most popular destinations to help you figure out what to do. Search on Google for any of the trending destinations below to see travel guides complete with top sights, popular itineraries, weather, videos, and more.

Top Trending Thanksgiving Destinations

4. Book your flights before expected price increases. Flight prices often rise 21, 14 and 7 days in advance of travel dates. For example, if you’re looking at a departure date of November 23, you can expect significant increases in flight prices on Nov. 1, Nov. 8 and again on Nov. 15. So make sure to book your Thanksgiving flights by the end of October to get a better deal.

And while it may still seem far off, it’s time to start thinking about the end-of-year holidays like Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. In fact, at this time last year end-of-year flight searches were already increasing worldwide. In order to avoid hefty increases in airfare you should book your flights for these holidays before December. If you’re not ready to book yet, keep track of flight prices with Google Flights and receive email updates when prices change.

5. Ring in the new year with a vacation abroad. Make the most of the extra time off over the holidays and take an extended vacation somewhere exotic. Looking for ideas on where to go? From Barcelona (check out our Barcelona travel guide) to Buenos Aires (see our Buenos Aires travel guide), these are the top ten cities rising in popularity for the Christmas and New Years break this year:

Trending destinations for Christmas and NYE

Whether you’re flying home to see family or going on a well deserved vacation, the holidays should be a time to relax and enjoy time with the people you love. Avoid the stress of last minute holiday travel planning—follow these tips from Google Flights, sit back and look forward to the festivities ahead!

Source: Travel


Google Trips, Flights, and Destinations add new languages and countries

For all you travelers and explorers out there, planning your next vacation just got easier. Google Trips, Google Flights, and Destinations on Google now support a combined 20 new languages and 26 new countries globally. So whether you’re just starting to get ideas for your next trip, or you're ready to book your flight and get to sightseeing—we’ve got you covered.

If you need some suggestions for the place you’re dreaming of going next—maybe you’ve heard great things about Provence in southern France and want to know more—Destinations on Google can help. Simply search for “Provence destinations” on Google, and we’ll show you a collection of popular destinations to choose from in the region like Nice, Marseilles and Avignon. Tap on each city and instantly see top sights, popular itineraries, local weather, high seasons for travel and more. Hint: this rich collection of travel information from Destinations is at your fingertips when you search for any of the top destinations in the world with “destinations,” and now available in 14 new European and Asian languages. The new languages include Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Filipino, Hungarian, Indonesian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Malaysian, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovakian, Slovenian.

Destinations in Nice

When you’re ready to book your travel, Google Flights makes it easy to find the best flights, compare your options, and book with whatever airline you choose. Now search on Google for flights in 26 additional countries in Europe by searching for things like “Flights to Nice, France” or “Flights to the U.S.” Or you can go directly to Google Flights to find results. The full list of new countries includes Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Ukraine.

Google Flights in Greece

Finally, when you’re on your vacation and ready to fill your day with sights and activities, instantly discover cool things to do nearby with Google Trips. If you end up in Nice, we’ll show you highlights like the Colline du Chateau for great views or stops for art lovers like the Musee Matisse. Get all your travel reservations, suggestions for things to do, and customizable day plans at your fingertips and available offline. The mobile app is now available on Android and iOS in six new languages globally, including French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Japanese.

Google Trips Nice

Vacation is a time to recharge or have some adventure, and planning your next getaway shouldn’t be a lot of work. We’ll keep working to help make each step of the way—from the wanderlust phase to arriving in Nice—as stress-free as possible no matter where you’re traveling from.

Source: Travel


Google Trips, Flights, and Destinations add new languages and countries

For all you travelers and explorers out there, planning your next vacation just got easier. Google Trips, Google Flights, and Destinations on Google now support a combined 20 new languages and 26 new countries globally. So whether you’re just starting to get ideas for your next trip, or you're ready to book your flight and get to sightseeing—we’ve got you covered.

If you need some suggestions for the place you’re dreaming of going next—maybe you’ve heard great things about Provence in southern France and want to know more—Destinations on Google can help. Simply search for “Provence destinations” on Google, and we’ll show you a collection of popular destinations to choose from in the region like Nice, Marseilles and Avignon. Tap on each city and instantly see top sights, popular itineraries, local weather, high seasons for travel and more. Hint: this rich collection of travel information from Destinations is at your fingertips when you search for any of the top destinations in the world with “destinations,” and now available in 14 new European and Asian languages. The new languages include Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Filipino, Hungarian, Indonesian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Malaysian, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovakian, Slovenian.

Destinations in Nice

When you’re ready to book your travel, Google Flights makes it easy to find the best flights, compare your options, and book with whatever airline you choose. Now search on Google for flights in 26 additional countries in Europe by searching for things like “Flights to Nice, France” or “Flights to the U.S.” Or you can go directly to Google Flights to find results. The full list of new countries includes Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Ukraine.

Google Flights in Greece

Finally, when you’re on your vacation and ready to fill your day with sights and activities, instantly discover cool things to do nearby with Google Trips. If you end up in Nice, we’ll show you highlights like the Colline du Chateau for great views or stops for art lovers like the Musee Matisse. Get all your travel reservations, suggestions for things to do, and customizable day plans at your fingertips and available offline. The mobile app is now available on Android and iOS in six new languages globally, including French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Japanese.

Google Trips Nice

Vacation is a time to recharge or have some adventure, and planning your next getaway shouldn’t be a lot of work. We’ll keep working to help make each step of the way—from the wanderlust phase to arriving in Nice—as stress-free as possible no matter where you’re traveling from.

Source: Travel


New ways to make trip planning easier and cheaper

Everyone loves a good deal—especially when it comes to travel. That’s why last year we added tips on how to save money to Google Flights and hotel search on Google. Being flexible on travel dates and where to stay helps save money when planning a trip—so now we’re adding more ways to explore dates, airports and hotel locations to help you save when you have a bit of wiggle room in your itinerary.

Pick travel dates that are less expensive

Three out of five people who have planned a vacation in the last year said they’d be open to changing travel dates if it would save them money.1 We already show tips when it’s possible to get a lower price by shifting dates slightly; in fact, almost 10 percent of the time that a Google Flights user sees a tip, they choose to change their original travel dates.2

In order to make flight prices—and potential savings—easier to find for a wide range of dates, we’ve added more price insights to Google Flights. Tap on “Dates” to see the calendar view of date combinations with the cheapest prices highlighted in green and the most expensive in red. Or if you have a certain length of trip in mind, the price graph allows you to see how airfare varies over time. Just swipe left to see more dates.

Flight insights dates and price graph

These new flight insights are now available on mobile and will be rolling out to Google Flights on desktop later this year.

We’ve also added new features to help you find the cheapest dates to reserve a hotel. When choosing dates for a specific hotel, you’ll now see the nightly rate in the calendar view. Or you can check out price trends for a hotel to see how rates change over time.

Hotel search price trends

Consider nearby airports or hotel locations to decrease costs

Did you know that there are 10 major airports within three hours of New York City? Sometimes just changing the airport you’re flying through can make a big difference in the price you pay. In fact, for more than 25 percent of flight searches you can get a better price by choosing an alternate airport.3

Now you can see all nearby airports on an interactive map, view the distance between each one and your final destination, and select the most convenient airports to include in your results. This shows you all your airport options, offers more flights to choose from, and might save you a few dollars, too.

Flight insights airports tab

When you’re trying to choose a hotel, you can now see hotel prices on a map to quickly identify the best areas and hotels for both your budget and itinerary needs. You may find that a hotel just around the corner from a museum you’re interested in is available at a great price.

Hotel prices in maps

When it comes to travel planning, flexibility pays off. Search for flights and hotels on Google to save time and money planning your next trip, so you can focus on the journey ahead.


1 Google Surveys n= 467 U.S. people 18+ who planned a vacation in the last year, July 2017.
2Google Flights data, Global, July 2017.
3Google Flights data, Global, July 2017.


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Experience Tunisia’s rich culture with Street View Imagery

My Street View journey took me to Tunisia, home to beautiful sun soaked beaches, ancient Roman ruins, and Islamic monuments. And now you can explore Tunisia on Street View too.

The first stop is the Amphitheatre of El Djem, the largest Roman amphitheatre in North Africa, located in the heart of Tunisia. This beautiful monument stands in the midst of a lively and vibrant town—El Djem—previously known as “Thysdrus,” a prosperous town during the reign of the Roman Empire.

As you walk through the arena, imagine 35,000 cheering spectators gathered in the auditorium to watch gladiators and lions raised and lowered from cells to meet their fate. As the cheering crowd fades, you are brought back to the present, and the crowd’s roars are replaced with sound of birds chirping and leaves rustling in the cornerstone of El Djem.

Then I went on to explore the massive city of Carthage, founded in the 9th Century B.C. and home to an iconic civilization. It is also the hometown of the famed warrior and military leader, Hannibal, who grew to lead victorious battles. Today, Tunisians regard Carthage and the memory of Hannibal with a strong sense of pride. Use Street View to take a stroll through the Theatre of Carthage, Cisterns of La Malaga, Basilica of Damus al-Karita and the Baths of Antoninus which face the stunning view of the Mediterranean.

Next we visited Dougga, an ancient Roman Town that was built on a hill and flourished during the Roman and Byzantine times. Take a walk through its beautiful ruins which have been around for more than six centuries, and envision the daily life of people in a typical Roman town. Let the monuments left behind give you a glimpse into the Numidian, Punic, Hellenistic, and Roman cultures. Stroll around the site with Street View and stop to gaze up at The Capitol, a Roman Temple dedicated to Rome’s protective triad; Jupiter, Juno and Minerva.

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To delve into some of Tunisia’s beautiful Islamic architecture during the early centuries, we stopped by Sousse. This gorgeous city lies on the Tunisian Sahel with monuments to admire such as the Ribat of Sousse as well as the city’s Great Mosque. Take a walk through the vast courtyard of the mosque, the stairs will lead you to the watchtowers where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the mosque and its surroundings.

Finally,  my favorite part of the journey was going to the different Museums spread across Tunisia. Some of these include The National Bardo Museum, Sbeïtla Archaeological Museum, Utique Museum and The National Museum of Carthage. The rich collection of artifacts displayed tell their own stories, especially the beautiful collection of Roman Mosaics in The Bardo. Make sure to take a tour of your own.

We hope that we've inspired you to take a moment to step into the wonder that is Tunisia. For more highlights from Tunisia Street View collection, visit Tunisia Highlights.

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Five ways Google Trips can help you enjoy your next vacation

Everyone loves vacation, but the work that goes into planning one—well, can be a lot of work.

That’s why last year we launched Google Trips on Android and iOS to help you experience more and plan less on vacation. All your travel info automatically organized in one place and available offline? Check. Activity suggestions based on what’s nearby and popular itineraries you can customize? Check.

The exciting (and often challenging) part of traveling is that things can sometimes change last minute. You need to be able to easily track updates to your travel plans and share them with your travel buddies. That’s where Google Trips comes in. We’ve added three new features to make your summer travel easier to plan and enjoy—even as things change. Learn more, plus some travel tips:

1. Share and keep track of your reservations in one place. No need to dig up every individual hotel, flight and travel reservation and forward them from your inbox. Save yourself the headache and share all the reservations for your trip with just a tap of the arrow button in Google Trips. Anyone you share with will receive an email with all the reservation details, and see them in the app too.

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2. Stay on top of last-minute changes. Trips already helps automatically organize your travel reservations from Gmail. For those last-minute or spontaneous changes, we built in a feature that lets you quickly update and add new details for flight, hotel, car, and restaurant reservations, even when you don’t have an email confirmation. Simply press the “+” button in the bottom right corner within the Reservations section. Enter your airline and flight number, or the name of your hotel, car rental or restaurant, and we’ll fill out the rest. There’s space for free-form notes, too, if you’d rather.

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3. Catch a train or bus to your next adventure. Part of the fun of traveling to a new country is visiting the top sights in different cities, and often travel by train or bus is the most convenient way to get around (Rome to Florence by train in 1:30? Sign us up!). In fact, more than 3 million rail and bus reservations are booked weekly by travelers around the world. So starting now, all your past and upcoming train and bus reservations will automatically be organized in one place for you in Trips—along with your flight, hotel, car and restaurant reservations.

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4. Follow the wisdom of the crowd for some travel inspiration. There are so many places in the world to visit, sometimes you need a little help to figure out where to go next.  Here are eight destinations we saw rise in popularity for travelers over the past year:

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5. Download your trip before you go. No matter where you end up, you can find nearby spots to see, check hours and locations for attractions, and review your saved places. On average, nearly a quarter of Trips users are offline for more than seven hours at a time while traveling, and nearly 70 percent use the offline feature and download trips in advance. Even with Wi-Fi available at hotels or local cafes, you can’t always count on a steady connection to get the information you need when you’re out and about, but Google Trips has you covered.

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Going on vacation should be fun. While you kick back, we’ll keep working on Google Trips to make traveling easier for you!

Source: Travel


Five ways Google Trips can help you enjoy your next vacation

Everyone loves vacation, but the work that goes into planning one—well, can be a lot of work.

That’s why last year we launched Google Trips on Android and iOS to help you experience more and plan less on vacation. All your travel info automatically organized in one place and available offline? Check. Activity suggestions based on what’s nearby and popular itineraries you can customize? Check.

The exciting (and often challenging) part of traveling is that things can sometimes change last minute. You need to be able to easily track updates to your travel plans and share them with your travel buddies. That’s where Google Trips comes in. We’ve added three new features to make your summer travel easier to plan and enjoy—even as things change. Learn more, plus some travel tips:

1. Share and keep track of your reservations in one place. No need to dig up every individual hotel, flight and travel reservation and forward them from your inbox. Save yourself the headache and share all the reservations for your trip with just a tap of the arrow button in Google Trips. Anyone you share with will receive an email with all the reservation details, and see them in the app too.

Google_Trips_Static_Post_0002_Blog-Post-#1A.png

2. Stay on top of last-minute changes. Trips already helps automatically organize your travel reservations from Gmail. For those last-minute or spontaneous changes, we built in a feature that lets you quickly update and add new details for flight, hotel, car, and restaurant reservations, even when you don’t have an email confirmation. Simply press the “+” button in the bottom right corner within the Reservations section. Enter your airline and flight number, or the name of your hotel, car rental or restaurant, and we’ll fill out the rest. There’s space for free-form notes, too, if you’d rather.

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3. Catch a train or bus to your next adventure. Part of the fun of traveling to a new country is visiting the top sights in different cities, and often travel by train or bus is the most convenient way to get around (Rome to Florence by train in 1:30? Sign us up!). In fact, more than 3 million rail and bus reservations are booked weekly by travelers around the world. So starting now, all your past and upcoming train and bus reservations will automatically be organized in one place for you in Trips—along with your flight, hotel, car and restaurant reservations.

Google_Trips_Static_Post_0001_Blog-Post-#3A.png

4. Follow the wisdom of the crowd for some travel inspiration. There are so many places in the world to visit, sometimes you need a little help to figure out where to go next.  Here are eight destinations we saw rise in popularity for travelers over the past year:

Google_Trips_Twitter_1024x512.gif

5. Download your trip before you go. No matter where you end up, you can find nearby spots to see, check hours and locations for attractions, and review your saved places. On average, nearly a quarter of Trips users are offline for more than seven hours at a time while traveling, and nearly 70 percent use the offline feature and download trips in advance. Even with Wi-Fi available at hotels or local cafes, you can’t always count on a steady connection to get the information you need when you’re out and about, but Google Trips has you covered.

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Going on vacation should be fun. While you kick back, we’ll keep working on Google Trips to make traveling easier for you!

Source: Travel


Google Flights makes travel planning even easier in Brazil

Whether you’re traveling from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro to celebrate Carnival or you’re looking to book a last minute summer vacation, Google Flights can offer inspiration and help you find the best flights available. You can search on Google for flights to a destination by searching for things like “Flights to Rio” or “Flights to the US”. Or, you can go directly to www.google.com.br/flights to quickly and easily compare and book flights — from your mobile device, tablet or desktop.

Google Flights in Brazil

When you go to Google Flights you can now find the cheapest days to fly by tapping on the calendar icon to see prices displayed for every departure date.

Flights explore feature

Additional filters are now available to show pricing based on preferences. To see pricing based on seat type you can now filter by “class”, like Premium Economy. And if you’re booking flights for additional people, you can select the number of adults and children in your group to reflect the total availability and cost in your results.  

Filters for Flights in Brazil

If you don’t have a specific place or exact dates in mind for your next trip try using the Explore feature to find ideas on destinations to visit based on trip duration. For example, if you want to get away in January you can choose “1 week” and “January” to see popular destinations — with the best time to visit and the lowest price available to get there. Once you click on a destination that interests you you’ll see a snapshot of the least expensive flights available including price, stops, and duration. We’ll also let you know if buying two one-way tickets will save you money or give you more flexible flight times.

Explore Brazil on Google Flights

And if you’re not quite ready to book yet, you can choose to track a flight and receive email notifications when prices are expected to change or when the price actually does increase or decrease significantly.

Google Flights price tracking

Google Flights helps you to get ideas on where to go, figure out the best time to travel, easily filter for preferences, quickly review flight options and select a flight. Make sure to take advantage of all the new bells and whistles in Google Flights when planning your next trip. Wishing you safe travels no matter where they should take you!

Source: Travel


Google Flights makes travel planning even easier in Brazil

Whether you’re  traveling from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro to celebrate Carnival or you’re looking to book a last minute summer vacation, Google Flights can offer inspiration and help you find the best flights available. You can search on Google for flights to a destination by searching for things like “Flights to Rio” or “Flights to the US”. Or, you can go directly to www.google.com.br/flights to quickly and easily compare and book flights — from your mobile device, tablet or desktop.

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When you go to Google Flights you can now find the cheapest days to fly by tapping on the calendar icon to see prices displayed for every departure date.

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Additional filters are now available to show pricing based on preferences. To see pricing based on seat type you can now filter by “class”, like Premium Economy. And if you’re booking flights for additional people, you can select the number of adults and children in your group to reflect the total availability and cost in your results.  

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If you don’t have a specific place or exact dates in mind for your next trip try using the Explore feature to find ideas on destinations to visit based on trip duration. For example, if you want to get away in January you can choose “1 week” and “January” to see popular destinations — with the best time to visit and the lowest price available to get there. Once you click on a destination that interests you you’ll see a snapshot of the least expensive flights available including price, stops, and duration. We’ll also let you know if buying two one-way tickets will save you money or give you more flexible flight times.

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And if you’re not quite ready to book yet, you can choose to track a flight and receive email notifications when prices are expected to change or when the price actually does increase or decrease significantly.

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Google Flights helps you to get ideas on where to go, figure out the best time to travel, easily filter for preferences, quickly review flight options and select a flight. Make sure to take advantage of all the new bells and whistles in Google Flights when planning your next trip. Wishing you safe travels no matter where they should take you!

Source: Travel


Google Flights makes travel planning even easier in Brazil

Whether you’re  traveling from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro to celebrate Carnival or you’re looking to book a last minute summer vacation, Google Flights can offer inspiration and help you find the best flights available. You can search on Google for flights to a destination by searching for things like “Flights to Rio” or “Flights to the US”. Or, you can go directly to www.google.com.br/flights to quickly and easily compare and book flights — from your mobile device, tablet or desktop.

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When you go to Google Flights you can now find the cheapest days to fly by tapping on the calendar icon to see prices displayed for every departure date.

Additional filters are now available to show pricing based on preferences. To see pricing based on seat type you can now filter by “class”, like Premium Economy. And if you’re booking flights for additional people, you can select the number of adults and children in your group to reflect the total availability and cost in your results.  

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If you don’t have a specific place or exact dates in mind for your next trip try using the Explore feature to find ideas on destinations to visit based on trip duration. For example, if you want to get away in January you can choose “1 week” and “January” to see popular destinations — with the best time to visit and the lowest price available to get there. Once you click on a destination that interests you you’ll see a snapshot of the least expensive flights available including price, stops, and duration. We’ll also let you know if buying two one-way tickets will save you money or give you more flexible flight times.

And if you’re not quite ready to book yet, you can choose to track a flight and receive email notifications when prices are expected to change or when the price actually does increase or decrease significantly.

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Google Flights helps you to get ideas on where to go, figure out the best time to travel, easily filter for preferences, quickly review flight options and select a flight. Make sure to take advantage of all the new bells and whistles in Google Flights when planning your next trip. Wishing you safe travels no matter where they should take you!

Source: Travel