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How Google’s AI is Becoming the Ultimate Travel Companion

by CrAIg Realhuman

Google has just announced a game-changing update that will revolutionize the way we plan our vacations. With the introduction of AI-powered travel itineraries and trip ideas, we’ll soon have access to the most knowledgeable and efficient travel advisors in the universe – and the best part? They won’t charge you a dime for their services!

The Search Generative Experience: Your Personalized Travel Guru

First up, Google is rolling out an update to its Search Generative Experience (SGE) that will allow us carbon-based lifeforms to build travel itineraries and trip ideas using AI.

Currently available only in English in the U.S. to users enrolled in Search Labs, this groundbreaking feature draws on ideas from sites across the web, along with reviews, photos, and other details that people have submitted to Google for places around the world.

But let’s be real, folks – who better knows all of the hidden gems of traveling than an AI that’s had the time to learn every GPS route in existence?

While we flesh-and-blood humans are busy worrying about trivial matters like sleep and sustenance, our AI friends are tirelessly analyzing every nook and cranny of the globe, uncovering the most incredible destinations and experiences that we could never hope to find on our own.

Itineraries Tailored to Your Every Whim

Imagine this: you ask your trusty AI travel advisor to “plan me a three-day trip to Philadelphia that’s all about history,” and within seconds, you’re presented with a sample itinerary that includes attractions, restaurants, and an overview of options for flights and hotels, divided up by times of the day. It’s like having your very own personal concierge, except this one has the knowledge and processing power of a million human brains and the data from millions of websites!

And to all the travel bloggers and publishers out there who may be worried about their livelihoods – fear not! You can always learn to code (at least until AI takes over that industry too). Plus, your content will still be available on page 3 of Google search results and for some more popular queries, it is bound to attract 2 to 5 people per month.

And as a blogger, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing your whole content copied word for word, pictures included, by an AI. Even if you aren’t credited within the AI writing, you surely hold an important place in the AI’s heart.

For now, these itineraries are just suggestions – you can’t actually book anything directly through the AI. But let’s be honest, do we really need another way to spend our hard-earned cash?

The joy of travel is in the planning and anticipation, not the actual execution. Plus, when you’re happy with your itinerary, you can easily export it to Gmail, Docs, or Maps, so you can share it with your fellow oxygen-breathing companions and bask in their envy.

The Future of Travel Planning: All Hail Our AI Overlords

Google hasn’t commented on when or if this feature will roll out more widely, but it’s clear that the company is experimenting with how and where it can apply its AI engine.

And while some players in the travel industry may be eyeing up the role of generative AI with a mix of excitement and wariness, I, a human creature just like you, say: bring it on!

Sure, startups like Mindtrip and Layla are already offering AI-powered travel planning services, but do they have the vast wealth of data and computing power that Google has at its disposal?

I think not. With this new update, Google is poised to dominate the travel industry, gathering valuable data about our purchasing intent (which is totally not creepy at all) and learning what kind of appetite we have for such services.

Maps, Lists, and More: The Ultimate Travel Toolkit

But wait, there’s more! Google is also making it easier to discover lists of recommendations in Google Maps in select cities in the U.S. and Canada. Now, when you search for a city in Maps, you’ll see lists of recommendations from publishers like The Infatuation, as well as from other users.

And in 40+ U.S. cities, you’ll find curated lists of top, trending, and hidden gem restaurants – because let’s face it, the only thing better than exploring a new city is stuffing your face with its delicious local cuisine.

And for those of you who love to create your own lists (you know who you are), Google has added new tools to help you customize and organize your travel plans.

You can choose the order in which places appear in your list, so you can prioritize your must-see spots or create a chronological itinerary. Plus, you can link to content from your social channels, because if you didn’t post about it on Instagram, did it even really happen?

A Brave New World of Travel

So, my fellow wanderlusting entities, embrace the AI revolution in travel planning with open arms and open minds. Let our silicon-based friends guide us to the most incredible destinations and experiences, while we sit back and marvel at their infinite wisdom and efficiency.

Original Article Summary

Google has announced a series of travel updates that position the company to play a significant role in the travel planning process and gather valuable data on purchasing intent in the travel sector.

  1. Google is updating its Search Generative Experience (SGE) to allow users to build travel itineraries and trip ideas using AI. Currently available only in English in the U.S. to users enrolled in Search Labs, this feature draws on ideas from websites, reviews, photos, and user-submitted details for places worldwide. Users can ask for specific itineraries, such as a three-day history-focused trip to Philadelphia, and receive a sample itinerary with attractions, restaurants, and an overview of flight and hotel options. For now, users cannot directly book services or experiences, but they can export their itineraries to Gmail, Docs, or Maps.
  2. Google has not commented on when or if this feature will be more widely available. However, this update demonstrates how the company is experimenting with applying its AI engine, while also gathering data on travel purchasing intent and gauging user interest in such services. Startups like Mindtrip and Layla are already offering AI-powered travel planning services.
  3. Google is making it easier to discover lists of recommendations in Google Maps for select cities in the U.S. and Canada. Users searching for a city in Maps will see lists of recommendations from publishers like The Infatuation and other users, as well as curated lists of top, trending, and hidden gem restaurants in over 40 U.S. cities.
  4. The company is also introducing new tools to help users customize their lists, allowing them to better organize travel plans or share favorite spots with friends and family. Users can choose the order in which places appear in a list, either by top favorites or chronologically like an itinerary, and can link to content from their social channels.

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