Even before I started blogging Pinterest had become one of my go-to travel resources, and now that I’ve gotten into the travel writing world, I’ve learned to love it even more. There is no better access point to thousands of articles written by travelers and locals alike. Using Pinterest for travel planning can help get any trip started on the right foot.
When you google a destination, or “things to do in blank”, you pretty much end up with Trip Advisor and Yelp. While these can be great resources they are normally missing something, and often end up highlighting tourist spots just because of where the most people have reviewed.
On the other hand, Pinterest actually favors quality content that’s been shared and is often your quickest way to find blogger articles on a destination. You can, of course, find pins for all the Traveling Nine to Fiver posts on Pinterest, but you can find articles about any destination you can dream of.
Inspiration and Choosing A Destination
Even if you don’t have your trip in mind yet, Pinterest is a great resource to bring out your wanderlust. It is visually focused and you’ll find some breathtaking photos across the site. As you search, make sure to follow the pinners you like, whether they are bloggers or otherwise, this way their pins keep popping up in your feed. Creating wanderlust and inspiration without much effort on your part.
Keep your eye out for group boards. These are ones where you’ll see on the left side that more than one person pins to the boards. These can be great sources of information since you can have hundreds of pinners sharing information in the same place. Group boards are great for inspiring wanderlust or giving you destination ideas. Also, you’ll find ones for specific destinations as well.
When you start looking at destinations, pin a “bucket list” board where you can start marking places that intrigue you. Or make different boards for your favorite destinations. You can start gathering up great inspiration to help decide on a destination and will have a ton of information by the time you go on your trip.
Avoiding Travel Mishaps
There are a lot of travel tips out on Pinterest as well. Some of these are generic things you should do before traveling, or what not to forget on a plane. But many are destination specific. You’ll find pins on “What I wish I knew before I went” or things to bring to a specific destination.
You can avoid making some easy mistakes by doing a quick Pinterest search on your destination.
Finding Things to Do in a Place
Every single place I go I search things to do on Pinterest. You’ll find long lists, itineraries, favorite places to eat and more. You’ll even find boards full of posts on a specific city.
As you are planning your trip, think of different search terms: “best things to do”, “where to eat”, “where to stay”, “what to do”. They will all pull up different posts with more information on your destination.
You also don’t have to start from scratch, when you’ve found a pin you find useful, check what board it comes from. It might be from a destination specific board where you’ll find a whole source of information. Feel free to follow the pinner, but if it’s just this board you find interesting you can follow specifically that one.
Keeping Your Information In One Place
Boards are great for research, but they are also very easy to access on the road. The Pinterest app is easy to use anywhere. If you’ve saved the pins you’ve found useful this can help out when you need one more activity to try or a place to stop for lunch.
Finding Recipes You Loved From Your Travels
This one is more post-travel related than planning, but I love finding new recipes when I travel. Maybe you tried something new you loved and you just have to make it yourself. Or maybe it was a food but an ingredient you want to explore more. You’ll find travel bloggers and food bloggers with articles on great recipes from around the world.
Really Dig In While You Travel
Pinterest is one of many sources that is making it easier to really dig in while you travel. Before you’d have a travel guide and, otherwise stumble to try and get past the tourist spots. Now you have access to great information from travelers all over the globe.
So next time you’re planning a trip make sure to search, pin and follow. Do you have other ways you’ve been using Pinterest for travel planning? And don’t forget to follow Traveling Nine to Fiver on Pinterest.