There are a plethora of social networking sites that can help to aid a traveler in his/her adventures. Aside from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, there are more travel related sites such as Airbnb, TripAdvisor, and Trover. Each of these social networks include travel destination ideas, places to stay, popular attractions to see, and much more.
Airbnb is a convenient website and phone app that enables its users to find housing in their price range for their travel destination. Studying abroad in Europe and traveling almost every weekend, Airbnb makes it an easy way to find a home away from home for the weekend. Users are able to pick a price range, enter the number of guests that will be staying, the dates of travel and pick a location of their liking. Once the details for the trip are entered, a selection of housing, ranging from entire homes, to apartments, to guest houses, and more, will appear on a map. Being able to scroll around the map searching for the perfect place to stay makes this social networking site easy to navigate. Aside from looking for a place to stay, Airbnb also allows its users to see popular popular experiences in the travel destination, such as city walking tours, food tastings, and bike tours.
Another popular social network site for traveling is TripAdvisor. TripAdvisor enables its users to find flights, hotels, restaurants, and things to do wherever they may be traveling to. My favorite feature of this social network is that it gives a list of ‘Traveler’s Choice Award Winners’, which is where I have gotten many restaurant recommendations as well as travel destination recommendations to places that I would have never considered traveling to. For example, Interlaken, Switzerland was never on my list of places to stay when traveling to Switzerland, but after reading 5-star reviews on the quaint little town, I knew i had to go to this magical winter wonderland. It definitely did not disappoint (stay tuned to hear more about this picture perfect town in my upcoming blog post).
Trover is a social network site where users can explore some of the most exciting travel destinations through the photos that other users post on their personal site. You are able to search for your next destination to get ideas on places to go and attractions to see, and may even lead you to visit unique places that were not on your bucket list. I have even gotten inspiration for some picture ideas to take when I visit certain landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower (see below).
There are so many options of social network sites to look at when planning a trip. Whether you are looking for a place to stay or a restaurant to eat at, each of these websites will help you to plan a successful trip!