I live in D.C., but sometimes I like to take an hour's journey to nearby Baltimore. Up in the morning, back at midnight.
After several of these day trips I have learned many tricks to get the most out of my time. Here's how Google Assistant can help me chart my day trips and how it can help you.
These tips can be used anywhere Google Assistant is available, including the Google Assistant app and Google Home ($ 89 at Walmart)
Go where you go
I own a car, but sometimes I like to drive something different, so I will rent a car for my short journey. There are several ways to do this with Google Assistant.
If you happen to be an Avis member, Google Assistant can let you book a rental car with Avis.
Expedia and Google Assistant have teamed up to book trips, including rental cars. Just one thing that when you book a booking with Expedia via Google Assistant, you will be asked to link your Google Account to an Expedia account, so it may be worth creating an account on Expedia in advance.
If you live on the West Coast, another option is Flixbus, which offers bus trips from northern to southern California and to Las Vegas. Just tell Google Assistant "OK, Google, Get Flixbus" and tell where you are going. From there, it will ask your departure and destination information, and then allow you to pay for the ticket with your vote.
If you want to provide Google Assistant with good tourist spots in Baltimore (and other cities), you will only provide basic search results. Instead, I recommend that you use a good third-party service called Musement.
You can say, "Hello Google, Ask Musement what good museums are in [city name]" and it will give you some great options. While Google Assistant offers the same service, Musement seems to have more spread in its responses.
Getting around in the city
If you are without a car you can get to know the mass traffic plan in the city you are visiting. Try using Transit Now. This third-party service gives you arrival times for subways and nearby bus stops in different cities.
If you'd rather use Lift or Uber, Google Assistant can help. Just say, "Book me a trip to (destination)" and it presents a list of options with prices and destination times for your car. This cuts the time it would normally take to switch between Lift and Uber apps.
If you're really keen to get from A to B like me, you can ask Google Assistant how long it takes to reach your destination.
If you own a Google Pixel ($ 330 on Amazon) phone, you can make reservations without calling with Google Duplex. Just ask Google Assistant for a nearby restaurant and ask it to make a reservation. Duplex asks if it can give your number to the restaurant before you even make the call.
However, be warned: some restaurants do not allow you to book reservations with Duplex, so the Google Assistant screen will pull up the Open Table.
For iPhone users like me, we have to find and book restaurant reservations the old-fashioned way by asking Google Assistant for suggestions and calling. You can find the restaurant's number and tell Google Assistant, "Call (restaurant number)."
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