It seems that no one can go on vacation without telling the world about their trip on social media. If you like to post your pictures and get likes, you know how hard it is to stand out from the crowd. Here's how to make the most of social media when traveling:
1. Quality over Quantity
One of the best ways to use social media when traveling is to make sure that you don’t go overboard with posting every single update on every single platform that you use. It’s probably a good idea to spread your posts out between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. so that the people who don’t care that you are on holiday don’t have to come home and scroll through 50 photos of you at the beach! Only post the greatest snaps. Don’t get sloppy!
2. Don’t Lie
You are traveling somewhere great so you don’t have to go that extra mile and effectively lie by manipulating your photos or ‘checking in’ to places that you haven’t actually visited. If you are spending all of your time trying to make your traveling look cooler than it actually is, then you are wasting time instead of actually getting out there and experiencing the things that you are lying about!
3. Don’t Humblebrag
We all love to see other people’s holiday and travel snaps on social media; it soothes the people watching/stalking temptation in all of us. However, you can push our patience too far if you post ten updates a day talking about how beautiful your surroundings are and how #blessed you feel to be there. Remember that the rest of us are still in the office at work!
4. It Doesn’t Count as Staying in Touch
You might be posting snaps of yourself on your travels every 90 minutes, but don’t think that that counts as staying in touch with your family! You still need to make the effort to phone and text separately from the updates that you are putting on your profile page. They may be pretty but they are not the personal time that your family will want to have with you while you are away.
5. Be Original
At this point, we have seen roughly 7 million ‘legs or hot dogs’ photos on the beach, so to make your holiday updates stand out try to think of original things to share with your followers and friends. Breathtaking views and funny videos of you skydiving or jumping from a waterfall are going to get many more likes than the usual snaps of exotic cocktails and plane selfies that usually get shared!
6. Avoid Too Many Hashtags
It can be overwhelming and exciting to be traveling in a new and exotic destination, but that doesn’t mean you have to sum of your feelings and descriptions in a long series of hashtags. They are annoying to read and if they are too long hardly anybody can understand them anyway! Just keep it short and simple and keep everybody happy!
7. Don’t Forget to Be in the Moment
Using social media to document your travels is a great way to preserve memories, but don’t let an obsession with Instagram and Facebook actually stop you from experiencing your holiday for real. Make the effort to actually be in the moment and no living through a screen, you will regret it if you don’t.
It will be the wow moments or the unusual and quirky experiences that will keep the audience interested and also provide you great memories in the future. I think that's the key. Think about what you would want to see and read and go from there.