Google has unveiled a new product that lets users map their travels with photos, videos, and text using Google Earth. Google describes the Tour Builder as “a simple tool for recording and sharing stories on a map.”
To get started, users need a Google account and the Google Earth plugin. Then, they give their tour a name, an introduction photo, and a description before adding photos or videos to destinations around the world.
The project, a collaboration between Google Creative Lab and Google Earth Outreach, was originally created to connect veterans and their families. But the beta-version product can now be used by any traveler, teacher, or storyteller.
This YouTube video shows how a history teacher used the Tour Builder to bring history to life for his students: