Google Travel

If you are clear you want to get away but unclear exactly where to go you are in luck.  A new service that I havent sampled yet is out from Google that will help you make that decision and assist for you as where, what to do when you get there but doesnt do the actual booking for now.   I bet it works pretty well if its anything like any other Google services.  Here is a recent article to explain more.

Google Destinations Does Everything For You Except Pack
Written by Lilit Marcus March 09, 2016
Great news if you haven’t decided when or where to go on vacation.
A few years ago, Google’s director of engineering Radhika Malpani was considering a summer trip to Greece. Being a Google employee, she naturally started out by searching a few terms on her phone, but she soon had so many different tabs open for flights, hotels, itineraries, and attractions that she found herself overwhelmed and wishing she could pass the whole project off to a travel agent. Instead, she brought her problem to work as a test case for what would become Google Travel, which officially launches today.

Google Travel integrates several existing products—most notably, Google Flights, which enables users to search for fares, “save” a route, and see whether the price goes up or down over time, and Google Maps—into one giant search engine for travel. Google noted that 50 percent of travelers surveyed by the company had flexible travel dates, and 70 percent were not sure about exactly where they wanted to go. Google Travel begins with the search term, then presents options—for example, a “Europe” search pulls up boxes with a photo and the name of a city, such as London or Barcelona. Underneath the names of each city is a suggested week to visit and a typical airfare, which is automatically calculated based on the user’s location. Once the user picks a place, they get a list of flight and hotel options, which they can filter based on cost or other preference (say, only staying at five-star resorts or preferring direct flights over transfers).
Since Google is all about the data, many of the suggested places and itineraries that pop up in your Google Travel search can be optimized along the way. For example, you can narrow down locations by specifying an interest like “golf” or “beach,” check a month-by-month breakdown of average weather to decide the best time to visit, and even watch a YouTube video about a specific site if you want a more detailed look. The one thing you can’t do, though, is actually book anything—in order to buy a museum ticket, book a flight, or reserve a hotel room, you’ll be directed to a third party site like Orbitz or the airline’s website. After all, Google doesn’t want to be your travel agent. (Yet.)

But what about Radhika and her trip to Greece? Overwhelmed by the challenges of booking the trip, she wound up going to Hawaii instead. This year, though, she’s finally heading to Athens—thanks to the product she inspired.