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Social Media For Travel, Part I: Visualize Your Destination

By Alyssa Kritsch | 1 year ago | Skills | No Comments

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Visualize Your Destination

Planning a vacation is always a mix of excitement, time consumption and money spending. But what if I told you, it doesn’t have to be? Or at the very least, it’s getting easier.

This three part series will help you visualize, plan and enjoy your next adventure by using the social networks you already love.

Facebook Graph Search

Facebook’s new graph search will save you a lot of work. Instead of racking your brain to remember which friends went to that really cool place 2 years ago, just search it.

Examples:

  • ‘My friends who have gone to Paris, France’
  • ‘My friends’ friends who have gone to Paris, France’
  • ‘My friends who have gone to places in Paris, France’

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Pinterest Boards

It’s time to ditch the mindless google image search and really dive into your visual excitement. There is simply no better way to get in the planning mood than to look at beautiful pictures of where you are going.

Create a Pinterest board for your dream locations. Build the anticipation by pinning different places you want to see, activities you’d like to try and food and drink to splurge on.

This way, all your ideas and daydreams are organized in one place.

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Take the time to customize your captions, this way your travel partners, friends and family can jump in, share in the fun and give useful suggestions.

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Foursquare Lists

It’s inevitable that the number of things you want to see and do will outnumber the time you have. How can you make sure you are seeing the best of a city?

Foursquare is a great tool to get recommendations from locals, foodies and practiced travellers. Narrow down your choices by creating lists for each city. This is helpful later when you can use the map to visit places in the same vicinity.

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Recommended App: Minube

Before you can start planning your trip, you need to decide where you are going. Whether you have nailed it down to ‘anywhere with a beach’ or ‘somewhere in Europe’ — it’s still hard to make the final decision.

Minube is a great place to start. The ‘Inspirations’ feature generates several suggestions based on your desired distance, time frame and continent. As well, it has a great library of downloadable travel guides.

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Social Media For Travel, Part II: Customize Your Experience

How do you use social media to help plan your vacations? Comment below.

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ferienhauser spanien
ferienhauser spanien

Thanks for explaining the travel thought by the help of social media. It is really amazing and very easier way to refine the travel search.

2crail
2crail

Ask a local - seek out people who are Tweeting from your destination and ask them for recommendations.  Or join in Twitter chats like #ScotlandHour (for potential visitors to Scotland) to find out what the locals recommend.  You'll find restaurants, cafés, holiday homes, hotels and visitor attractions all happy to share advice on what to do and where to visit.

holidays in spain
holidays in spain

Superb share. This is really an great idea to Visualize Your Destination before going to somewhere, it makes us more exited about the things which we will see before viewing them in real..Thanks i am not hear about the Pinterest but after reading this article i got this amazing website...Thank you so much.

grayjulie2012
grayjulie2012

i just found this article on stumbleupon. Thanx for sharing

Nabiha
Nabiha

Where're the owlys? They're a must for a trip!

BucketListly
BucketListly

@hootsuite had no idea Minube existed. These are awesome. I guess I'll have to step up my game. :-)

Delphineyo
Delphineyo

@hootsuite Great article! Do you know this new travel app @TintTravel? It's a Facebook app for travelers who wanna meet locals very easily!

Delphineyo
Delphineyo

@hootsuite Great article! Do you know this new travel app ? It's a Facebook app for travelers who wanna meet locals very easily!

Chris Pearrow
Chris Pearrow

Hey Alyssa- Just wanted to extend a warm thank you from the whole minube crew for including us on your list. It was really a thrill to wake up this morning and see that! Anyways, hope all is well and thanks again!