Google launched a new travel tool that will help you find new fun and free things to do in new cities.
If you ever do find yourself in a new city without a travel strategy, well then Google's new travel tool, called Touring Bird, will assist. It is a website designed for mobile that lists tours, attractions, and activities to do in popular travel destinations. You can filter by price from zero to $500, time of day, duration and even by cancellation policies, which sounds very convenient.
So far, the Google site only provides information for a handful of destinations, including Prague, Toronto, Barcelona, Berlin and Las Vegas. It looks like it's North America and Europe-centric so far. For now, it is also only available in English, so tourists who prefer other languages won't find much utility from this site.
If you click on cities like Amsterdam or Chicago you will see the top three attractions at the very top that any tourist would likely already be aware of without Touring Bird's help. But once you scroll further down, you’ll find tips that even some locals might not know about, which Google says are curated by a team of experts. (How many New Yorker's already knew you could study law for free by sitting in on criminal court hearings?)
One of the main benefits of using this Google site also appears to be getting easy access to every tour and attraction’s cancellation policy terms, which are typically buried in the fine print or require a phone call to figure out.
With the emphasis on free activities, the Google site feels like a complementary tool to using Hopper to find cheap flights and Kayak to find hotels.