Instagram as a travel planning app? You bet! With millions of users and up-to-the-second content, Instagram is a crazy web of epic travel inspiration and tips. We’ve explained how to use Instagram to plan your next trip, but now we will tackle why! You may think that ‘the gram” is only useful for sharing selfies and food photos, but Instagram is an invaluable travel planning tool and you should totally use it.
5 Convincing Reasons To Use Instagram For Travel Planning:
#1) Instagram allows you to source recommendations on what to see/do/eat from normal, unbiased people
We don’t know about you but when we go somewhere, nothing is better than receiving travel tips from locals. People are constantly posting their suggestions for restaurants, shopping, places to visit and more and aren’t being paid to do so. This means that when a local gal shares photos from her favorite coffee shop in London, it’s a pretty good bet that you won’t be let down. Using Instagram for travel is the perfect way to make sure you are getting the best experience possible!
#2) The app makes it a breeze to search for destination inspiration
Wanderlust-worthy photos of far-flung destinations are never far away on Instagram. Whether it is an individual user, tourism board, or feature account, follow your favorites to peruse when it is time to plan your next trip. Some of our go-to accounts when using Instagram for travel inspriation are @instagood, @visualsoflife, @thevisualscollective, @timeoutsociety, and @lonelyplanet!
#3) Instagram makes it easy to reach out, connect, and ask other users travel-related questions
No other social media platform out there allows you to ask travel-related questions easier than Instagram! If you are searching #Reykjavik and see a photo that sparks your interest, comment asking that user your question and then send them a direct message. Similarly, if you are watching someone’s Instagram Stories, look for the button on the bottom left that says “message” and ask your question regarding one of their snaps!
#4) We identify better visually so seeing a place is a lot better than simply reading about it
Sure, Tripadvisor is full of useful advice, but isn’t a picture worth a thousand words? Instagram is nothing but pictures and that one fact makes travel planning so much better. If you are reading about a place and want a better idea of what it looks like, simply search hashtags or location geotags on Instagram. Instantly, thousands [even millions!] of user-curated photos will pop up for you to scroll to your heart’s content!
#5) You can easily screen shot images/names to save for later
When you find an epic photo or location you just love, screen shot it and save it to a “travel inspiration” album on your smartphone. This is such a simple yet extremely useful way to make sure you don’t lose track of a favorite location or account. When it is time to plan your trip, head back to your album and the names and photos of each destination will be at your fingertips.
Now that you know WHY you should use Instagram to plan travel, now learn HOW to use the app to plan your next trip! We easily explain the ins and outs on how to make the most of Instagram for travel planning.
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