Today I began to wonder how I used to plan my vacations before social media and realized that I simply can’t remember at all. Nowadays, every time that I start thinking of where my next destination is going to be, I tend to immediately jump on my social media channels and do all of my research for the latest and greatest in any given location.
Recently, I travelled to Baja California to visit an area near Rosarito that I haven’t been to before. My first thought when I started planning was to ask my friends with a Facebook post for suggestions. But instead, I decided to check out hashtags on Instagram and get an idea of what the place looks like and where people usually go. Instagram has become my “go to” app when I want to see hotels, restaurants and cities that are creating the most buzz and excitement. And the geotag option helps to see where everything is located (you can open a map) and see related posts.
Another of the social media platforms that have helped me to plan my vacations is Pinterest. What I like the most about Pinterest is the option of creating a board for my trip and the ability to share it with my friends. Even better is the fact that the boards have collaborators, so your whole family and/or friends can plan the vacation. Also, adding a pin for each place you’re interested in will create a map and a very useful tool to know the lay of the land before your arrive and plan the best ways to organize your tour days.
Lastly, Twitter is the perfect tool to connect in real time with your airline, hotel or booking a restaurant. The search bar is as helpful as the other two platforms and can be really convenient when we don’t have the option to make phone calls; just send a tweet and wait for a response. You can also create lists before your trip with the twitter handles that you might need.
Have you ever used social media to plan a trip?