Are you traveling and looking for a safe place to stay, some yummy food, or where to connect to Wi-Fi? Social media will make your travels that much easier. Social media will maximize your travel experience and take some stress away when it comes to decisions. As I travel around Europe, I use various social media platforms to determine where to visit and what to do. Through Facebook, Foursquare, and Twitter, I can obtain information from friends and media sites about the places I visit. Social media allows friends to come together and share their experiences throughout their travels.
Foursquare has been one of the more useful social media apps for me as I travel around Europe. Connecting with friends on Foursquare enables me to see where they have checked in and what their experiences were like. I have used Foursquare abroad to see where friends have eaten, where they have stayed, which venues they preferred, and even where I can find Wi-Fi. I found this particularly useful when I first got to Prague because it helped me find my place and feel more comfortable navigating around the city. I remember during the first two weeks here I wanted to find a good lunch place that would enable me to do some work for class. After connecting to Foursquare, I found recommendations from friends who had previously studied in Prague.
Facebook’s updated search bar allows people to search where friends have been. When deciding to visit Vienna, I searched “friends who have been to Vienna” and Facebook generated a list for me to reach out to. This not only enables me to know ahead of time whom to talk to, but I can also look at pictures they’ve posted. After doing this, I made the decision to visit Vienna in late November or early December because of the beautiful Christmas markets and enthusiasm from friends. Similarly, Twitter is useful because I follow TripAdvisor and travel profiles to obtain safety tips, news in various cities, and advise for how to get around.
When I only have a few days visiting a city, no matter how large, I want to make sure I can maximize my experience the best that I can. Social media has been the best tool for me so far while traveling because I can make sure I see the most sites, eat the best food, and have the most exciting and meaningful experiences possible. Moreover, since I am traveling on a budget, my social media apps help me find more affordable accommodations and restaurants. Traveling Europe for the first time does not have to be nerve wracking. The apps I mentioned are only a few of many, and the emergence of social media, in my opinion, is a traveler’s best gift; so, take advantage of it!
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