How To Make Your Default Search in Chrome While Traveling Internationally

by | Dec 20, 2017 | Nomad Life, Travel Bloggers, Travel Tips & Resources | 0 comments

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While traveling overseas, you may have noticed that Google defaults to the local version of their search site. For example, I'm currently in Medellin and am brought to which is Colombia's Google. For local searches, this isn't a problem, but due to my job, I more often than not need to see search results for since the majority of my visitors and clients are coming from the US.

Temporary Solution: Just enter into your browser and start your search on their homepage.

That temporary solution works, but if you're like me, you start all of your Google searches in the address bar of your Chrome browser and don't want to take that extra step each time. So here's how to make your default search engine for Google Chrome at all times, no matter which country you're in.

Step 1: In Chrome, go to Settings –> Search Engine –> Manage Search Engines.

Step 2: Under “Other Search Engines” click “Add”.

Step 3: Enter the following info:

Search Engine: Travel

Keyword: Travel

URL with %s in place of query:

Step 4: Scroll down your list of Other Search Engines until you see your newly created “ Travel” listed. Right click the options button next to the name and choose “Set As Default”

Finito! You're all set. Do a quick search starting from your address bar in Chrome and you should be taken to search results on


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