Google without question is the largest internet search engine in the world and is used by millions each and everyday. But what is not widely known is the useful capabilities and “shortcuts”, which with a simple google search and the right keywords can generate handy results for when travelling.
Some of the keyword shortcuts / search tips catered for travellers are detailed below.
- Substitute – Substitute the red terms with your equivalent area terms for your own successful google search.
- ” (Talking Marks) – The words between the ” (talking marks) are what is to be typed in for the certain search type.
- Via Phone app – Some functions of the google search are only available via a cell/phone Google app.
Attraction / Place – Location
“Where’s the Empire State Building?”
Attractions – Query
“What are some attractions in New York City?”
“Australian dollars to US dollars”
“1 AUD equals how many USD”
– Pulls up a summary of areas of interest, travel guides and more depending on the search terms and breadth of search.
“X destinations” will return a grid of destinations for a state, country or continent, while “X vacation” or “X travel” returns a travel guide for a city, state or country.
– Includes Suggested itineraries, top sights, when to visit, videos.
“Melbourne Destinations” – City
“Victoria Destinations” – State
“Australia Destinations” – Country
“Europe Destinations” – Region
Flight details – Specific (Same day only)
“Emirates Flight number 640″
Flight Schedules (Weekly Summary)
“Melbourne to Singapore flights”
Timetable “A” to “B”
Schedule “A’ to “B”
Food / Menu
“Show me the menu for Los Cubanos.”
Identify the song (via phone app)
“What’s this song?”
Note to self (via phone app)
“Note to self: Hello.”
Sunrise or Sunset (Same day)
Time – Current in Location
“Time difference Melbourne and Tokyo”
Tip calculator (Works out how much to tip)
“Tip Calculator” – Pulls up the tip calculator tool
Tourism Points of interest
– Pulls up a summary of points of interest depending on the search terms and breadth of search.
“Melbourne Tourism” – City
“Victoria Tourism” – State
“Australia Tourism” – Country
“Europe Tourism” – Region
Translate / Language
“Translate” – Pulls up the translate tool.
“Translate Spanish to English”
“What does Hola mean in English”
Twitter post (via phone app)
“Post to Twitter, just got a new phone!”
“Do Australians need a visa for Singapore”
GOOGLE MAPS – VISUAL SEARCH
“Restaurants” “(city) (Country)”
Google image search – Upload image and then matches to see if it exists – https://images.google.com/
Google – On keywords – (location – city or country) + destinations
Google – Travel locations
– Top sights
– When to visit
Google – Your places (accessed via google maps)
– Saved places
Google maps – Mapping options
Google maps – Location – nearby
– Bars and pubs
Google maps – Areas
– Coffee and snacks
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