As the world is reopening, Google sees more searches for places to go on vacation. The impact of COVID-19 on destinations can vary. That’s why it’s important to stay up to date on the latest travel-related information.
If you’re looking to travel soon, Google offers some coronavirus-related travel panning information. This is to help you make travel decisions with confidence.
Get travel related updates about a destination
When you search on Google for hotels, flights or things to do, there’s a COVID-19 travel advisory or restriction. And, Google recently introduced driving alerts to notify you about COVID-19 checkpoints and restrictions along your route in Google Maps. As restrictions and advisories begin to lift, Google is adding information about travel resuming in a specific destination on Google Search. It gives you the percentage of open hotels with availability and flights operating at the city or county level. This is based on Google Flights and Hotels data from the previous week.
When you visit google.com/travel and tap on a trip you’re planning, or search for hotels and things to do, you’ll now see trendlines for hotel and flight availability. Links to additional local resources, including the number of COVID-19 cases, are provided as well.
Find hotels and vacation rentals with refundable rates
Due to the uncertainty around COVID-19, people often want flexibility when making travel plans. Many hotels and vacation rentals now offer free cancellation to give travelers more confidence when planning trips. Search for a hotel, and later this month a vacation rental, on google.com/travel and filter to see only rooms or properties with free cancellation policies. Tap on a specific listing to see more details.
The uncertainty of COVID-19 makes it hard to navigate travel decisions. Google says it will continue to share the most relevant information so you can make informed decisions and travel safely when the time comes.