The Social Media Junkie’s Guide to Traveling

by Annie Wallace on August 11, 2012

As a self-admitted social media addict, I am on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube almost constantly. They are the arch nemeses to my productivity, and I don’t find it easy to pull myself away. Even when I really have to do something important. The prevalence of mobile technology doesn’t help with this fact, unfortunately. My profiles are what keep me sane in waiting rooms.

You would think that I would find it easier to stay away while on vacation. After all, traveling offers so much to do and see. How could anyone yearn for the digital world when there is a whole new one outside in reality? I am not sure how to answer that, but I will say that I do. Travel doesn’t keep me away from social media sites. It just gives me the chance to browse them in a new location.

Luckily, social media can actually aid (and even improve) the overall travel experience.

Watch Travel Videos

If you are looking to spark your wanderlust, all it takes it viewing an inspiring travel video. These are a dime a dozen these days, and you can find them all over sites like YouTube and Vimeo. There are whole channels dedicated to the exploits of travelers making their way across the globe.

Check out channels like GoGalivanting, Lonely Planet and TripFilms. Or do a search for travel on YouTube and see the thousands of results.

Read Travel Blogs

Whenever I am planning a trip to a place I have never been before, blogs are my first stop. There is no better way to get an idea of what kind of experience you might have than reading about someone else’s. In a few situations, I have even decided against a location when I saw an overwhelming majority speaking out against their travels there.

There are so many of these out there that trying to come up with a small list of favorites is difficult. If I had to choose, I would say Intelligent Travel, Nomadic Matt and The Cranky Flier are my most read blogs.

Who knows, maybe your own blog will end up on my must-read list.

Share Travel Photos

Holiday photos are great, and I always enjoy looking at my friend’s on Facebook. But you can share them a myriad of ways now. Sites like Flickr have made it more simple than ever. You can even allow others to share your pictures if they give you proper credit, a great way to get them seen across the web.

My favorite way, currently, is Pinterest. You can find amazing travel photos there right now, and I often share my own on my personal pinboards. This is a fun way to exchange pics, and they can be pulled right off of a blog or website where you have previously put them.

Tweet Your Travel

It isn’t always that easy to update while on the road or traveling. Especially in areas with less access to the Internet in public places, or no reception on your mobile service. So you have to update when you can, and you might not have a lot of time to do it. Which is why I love Twitter for giving general travel updates throughout the trip.

Quick, easy to access, popular and able to sync up with other websites, it is no wonder it is such a simple thing to use. You can even schedule updates with sites like LaterBro. So you can make sure to get a number of updates up and ready while you have access to the web.

Get Travel Deals

Facebook is one site that I love for their travel deals. Just liking airlines, hotels and other services will let you monitor them for deals through the year. Sales, exclusive coupon codes and savings on package deals are common. If you ‘like’ sites like Travelocity and Priceline, you can get even more specials to apply later on.

You can also use social deal sites like Groupon for offers on getaways and trips.

Conclusion

You don’t have to give up social media when you travel. You can make it a part of the whole experience! So launch your browser, get all your social media profiles up and start planning that next great adventure. Just be sure to tell us all about it.

Annie is the social media strategist for Dobovo, the free app for Odessa apartment rent. Follow us on Twitter as @Dobovo

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