Explore ways to take your search further
Work is hard and you need a break. A sun-soaked vacation is just the ticket, but where to begin? With Google there's a world of helpful, timesaving features right at your fingertips.
To see how these free services can help you find what you're looking for faster, tag along as we plan a tropical vacation, or go straight to Google Services and Tools.
Visit Google Groups for great advice
It's always helpful to have a guide when planning a trip, so you check in with a couple million experts. Google Groups is a searchable database of more than 700 million Usenet posts on every imaginable topic, including unspoiled islands and low-cost airfare. Ask questions and read comments in Usenet discussion forums. Explore topics in detail by perusing posts that contain amateur advice, professional recommendations and everything in between.
Take the Google Toolbar with you
Realizing you'll hit a lot of websites before you hit the beach, the first thing you pack is the Google Toolbar. Add it to your Internet toolbar and you can take Google with you anywhere on the web. It takes only seconds to install and enables you to easily use Google without having to return to the homepage. Download the Google Toolbar.
Get the latest from Google News
The destination determined, you decide to visit Google News to brush up on the very latest, so you'll be able to converse with the natives intelligently about the events of the day. Search and browse 4,500 leading news sources from around the world, with headlines and photos continuously updated automatically throughout the day. Click on a headline to be taken directly to the original source of the story you want to read.
Check out the views at Google Images
Refusing to allow a small setback like bad weather to dampen your spirits, you take a visual tour of other potential warm weather hot spots using Google Images where you can search more than 400 million photos, artworks and other graphics. You enter the query "tropical vacations" and click a thumbnail to see a largest image and the web page on which it's located.
Flip through Google Catalogs
It suddenly occurs to you that what you really need is to get out of your routine, not get out of town. You decide to stick a bit closer to home, and look through Google Catalogs for ways to get unstuck from the rut in which you've found yourself. You can easily search or browse through hundreds of printed mail-order catalogs we've made available online. This exclusive Google feature gives you instant access to catalogs offering everything from industrial and office products to home furnishings and fashion.
Find great products with Google Product Search
Having decided to soak you stress away in a home hot tub, you use Google Product Search, the new product search service from Google, to find the best deal on exactly the model you want to buy. Google Product Search's objective results take you directly to the store selling the tub you're hot for. Use Google Product Search to locate the best deal on the exact products you want. Searching through millions of relevant web sites, Google pinpoints sites offering any specific product you select, enabling you to save money and time.
For a quicker trip, try "I'm Feeling Lucky"
You've found the perfect solution to melt your stress. All you need now are some tunes to set the mood. You type your favorite radio station's call letters into the Google search box and hit the button that says "I'm Feeling Lucky", which takes you directly to the first web page Google returned from your query. When you know the exact name of the company, subject or person you're looking for, it's a pretty safe bet Google will deliver the site you want as the first result. Try it for yourself and see how lucky you really are.
Get equipped to search even further
As you soak away in your bubbly corner of paradise, you consider how far Google was able to take you and contemplate other ways Google can improve your existence. You determine to learn more about Google by reviewing the Google Services and Tools page. Starting... tomorrow.
You've seen a few of the ways to use Google that take you beyond the homepage. There are many more timesaving options Google has to offer, including:
Visit the Google Services and Tools page to see the complete list. Bon Voyage!