A year ago, Google simplified travel-planning on your smartphone by organizing different parts of Google into a single umbrella feature, so you could keep all your bookings and research in one place rather than navigating back and forth. Now, Google’s rolled out the same capability for desktop, which is good news since planning a trip usually involves the sort of research that’s more comfortably done from a computer than a phone. Google Maps, Trips, Hotels, Flights, Search -- everything will be accessible from the same place, the better to smooth out your travel-planning wrinkles.
To use the new desktop feature, start by making sure you’re signed into your Google account and then going to google.com/travel. There, you’ll be able to look for hotels, compare flight prices, research attractions and events in your destination -- all the otherwise-disparate pieces that go into organizing a trip. You can see an interactive itinerary containing all your booked flights, hotels, and other reservations, and you can save research on trips you were noodling on, too, so it’s on-hand whenever you want to revisit it.