Google Earth and Google Travel


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Google Earth and Google Travel

The Google Earth and Google Travel app icons

What's coming up?

In this activity, you'll explore two of Google's cloud apps, called Earth and Travel. These apps let you see the world from home, and can even give personalised travel suggestions.

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Accessing Google cloud apps

To get ready for this activity, open your web browser and type into the address bar.

If you can see your initials or a familiar picture in the Profile button in the top right, you are signed in and ready to go.

If you see a blue Sign in button, click it and enter your Google email address and password to sign in.

Then, click the app grid icon to open a panel that shows the Earth and Travel app icons.

The app grid icon and a blue Sign in button
A graphic of Google Earth

Google Earth

The Google Earth app presents you with a globe view of the earth. You can click on specific areas to zoom in on countries and cities. Try rotating the globe using your mouse.

On the left-hand side, there's a menu with some options to explore, including a search icon to help you find exact locations, and a measure tool to help you calculate distances.

Google Earth has a Voyager feature

On the left menu, click the icon that looks like a ship's wheel. This will activate a feature called Voyager. Some panels will appear over the globe, and you can click any panel to explore things such as:

  • Timelapses of famous landscapes
  • Quizzes about all things planet Earth
  • Treks of virtual expeditions.

You can learn more about Google Earth and Googler Voyager in our Google Earth – more than a map and Beyond Google Earth courses.

A graphic of the Voyager icon
An icon of a padlock

eSafety tip

Google cloud apps normally show the app grid button in the top right corner of the page, but Google Earth doesn't have this feature. There's an easy fix, however.

When you are finished exploring Earth and want to choose another app from the app icon panel, you can type into your browser's address bar. Google's search page will appear, and you'll see the app grid icon again.

The Google Travel app icon

Google Travel suggestions

Travel is a travel planning and booking cloud app, similar to Lonely Planet or TripAdvisor.

It lets you book hotels, flights, and more, and it also uses your previous Google searches and other saved data to suggest destinations for you.

Using the Explore tool

Travel has a lot of tools and features to explore. The Explore tool brings up a world map with destinations pinned to it, each with a photo and prices.

You can move the map around and zoom in and out using your mouse to find different locations.

The Explore tool icon
The Google Travel icon with icons for weather and news

Creating a trip with Google Travel

You can use the tools in the Travel app and follow the simple steps to start building a dream holiday.

A great reason to use the Travel cloud app instead of a travel website, is that it adds information such as weather forecasts and any travel advisories, and automatically keeps these updated.

Well done!

This is the end of the Google Earth and Google Travel activity. You've learned how these apps work and explored a few of their features. Take some time to explore them further, there is a world of information to see!

Up next, you can find out how to use your computer to call someone on their home phone or mobile, with our Google Duo and Microsoft Skype activity.

The Google Earth and Google Travel app icons