If you’ve ever wanted to streamline your travel planning and research using the power of technology while simultaneously tapping into authentic experiences from local experts, welcome to the world of Touring Bird. Travel and trip planning just got a little better and easier, thanks to Google’s recently launched travel app site.
Google Touring Bird is a web-based travel app from Google’s Area 120 (a workshop for experimental projects), where travellers can explore, compare and book over 75,000 tours and activities from top providers. Touring Bird has expanded from the initial 20 destinations launched in September 2018 to 200 total destinations, available on desktop and mobile. The site’s coverage now spans the world, from Abu Dhabi to Zurich.
For full disclosure, I’m chuffed to let you know that I’ve provided tips and travel content for Touring Bird. While not meant to replace your deep dive into authentic, fab blogs like mine (ahem) and my colleagues, the site is a powerful tool with loads of tips on how to travel better with Google Touring Bird. Just in time for your next vacation.
How to Travel Better with Google Touring Bird
It’s all in one place
Touring Bird is a web-based travel app that you can use on your mobile or desktop that super easy to use. When you select a destination city in Touring Bird, you’ll see top sights,, suggested tours and activities with prices, options for free guided tours, and recommendations from locals and travel experts. Which is where my work as a travel writer comes in. I had the privilege of writing and working on several city destinations for Touring Bird – Bruges, Belgium, and Vancouver, Canada. I shared some of the most unique and authentic experiences you can have in two of my favorite cities, as others have done in the other 198 destinations on the site. It’s a bit of a one-stop-shop for travel addicts to research and plan their trips, all in one place.
You can customize your experience
Touring Bird offers a “build-your-own package” feature for each destination’s top attractions. For example, if you want to explore Barcelona’s iconic Sagrada Família church with a guide, visit the church’s towers and also see Gaudí’s whimsical Park Güell, you can find the tour package that meets those criteria. Or find out all the information you need to DIY it at our own pace.
Travellers will also find offerings from multiple travel providers (like Expedia, GetYourGuide and Viator) without having to comb through endless tour descriptions on each booking agency’s website to figure out what’s included or not.
Curate the travel experience you want
The Touring Bird site also curates hundreds of activities for every interest and type of traveler, whether you’re first-timers looking for iconic experiences in Bruges, travelers seeking more off-the-beaten-path activities in Vancouver, or families with kids on holiday in Dubai. All offerings can be further filtered by the type of activity that interests you, such as walking tours, classes or performances.
Easy peasy activity bookings
Once you find a tour, ticket or activity that interests you, you can dig deeper and see what’s included, like availability, prices, cancellation policies and reviews. Then you can filter by your trip dates and, when you’re ready, click through to the provider’s website to complete the booking.
Touring Bird’s Local Tips are curated recommendations for unexpected local experiences provided by destination experts, like me! If you’re looking for something beyond classic guided tours, the offers from Touring Bird have you covered. Watch sumo wrestlers train in Tokyo, camp by the beach with wild kangaroos near Sydney or explore the world’s largest historical toilet collection in Kyiv. I know that last one is one my personal must see list.