Most people in the developed world know all too well they should spend less time on social media. But we’re here to tell you something else — social media is not just a time-consuming machine. You can use it for your advantage. And apparently, it’s extremely handy when you travel. Here is how you use social media to make the most of your next trip.
Facebook: look for local events and travel groups
Assuming you’re still on Facebook, that is. Looking for a nice local event to check out in the exotic new land you’re exploring? Facebook has you covered. Turn on your location and let the events feature in the app do the rest. Scroll through Facebook events in your vicinity and check out the ones that spark your interest. It’s a great way to discover live music shows, festivals, and other indie events that might be cooler than any other tourist attraction.
Travelers groups are also a great Facebook tool you can use. Are you looking for any tips or recommendations and don’t know anyone who’s been in, let’s say, Montenegro? Type “traveling in Montenegro” in the Facebook search bar and screen for groups. Once you find the relevant group, join it. Now you can ask all the questions you want or scour its previous posts to your heart’s content.
Instagram: look for attraction
There is more to do on Instagram than stalking your ex. The app can be surprisingly helpful in finding cool attractions around you if you just use your geotag. What’s a geotag, you might ask? Well, when you click on the app’s search bar, the line below it has a filter titled “places” you can use. Turn on your location or just type it in, and see all the cool places around you (and how well they photograph for the sake of your friends’ FOMO).
Pinterest: look for relevant blogs
Pinterest is more than a source of inspiration for hipster weddings. It can be super helpful in planning a trip as well. There are so many travel blogs out there — all you have to do is type your destination into the search bar and take your pick. You’ll then be flooded with packing tips, food recommendations, and useful local phrases. The only challenge you’ll face is trying no to get swallowed up by the vortex of endless information.