Why You Should Be Using Google Flights “Map Search” To Help Plan Your Travels
Sometimes I don’t share travel planning tips because I assume everyone already knows them. But recently I’ve blown a few friends and family members’ minds with one of my go-to Google Flights tricks, so wanted to make sure that y’all are in-the-know as well. SHARING IS CARING.
And let me tell you, Google Flights “map search” is a travel planning gamechanger!
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Why do I find Google Flights maps helpful?
I am not exaggerating when I say that I use this for most of my trips. Not the ones where I know exactly where I need to go…but any trip where I maybe have a date range in mind and not yet an exact destination.
Maybe you know you want to go somewhere for spring break, but are open to ideas on where. Or you want to go to Europe in May, but aren’t sure the best place to fly into. It helps with inspiration and comparing prices and flights as I hone in on the right spot.
I’ll explain the easy process of using Google Flight maps below, but here’s a quick video showing how it works as well.
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How to use Google Flights map search
Step 1: To use Google Flights map search, go Google Flights and in the search bar, set your dates, your departure airport, and then type in a region, country, state, or other area.
For instance, you could use Europe, South East Asia, Colombia, or Montana.
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Step 2: Click the Explore button, and if you’re using your mobile device, you’ll also need to click “View Map” (on desktop, it will automatically show you the map). This will let you see all the flights in the area, you may need to zoom in further to see truly all airports.
I usually get a feel for the big picture of flights, and then zoom in and drag the map around to make sure I’m not missing any great deals.
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It works for countries and states as well.
And that’s all there is to it! This is one of my favorite travel planning hacks, and is so easy to use.
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