When you have a blog, you can feel tied to your computer at all times – no matter what you do, you’re always looking for the next piece of content, whether you’re trying out a new beauty product and thinking about the review, or travelling and working out how to take the best Instagram shots. Social media can be a great addition to a trip, or it can cause problems, so here are six tips for managing social media while travelling.
Use It As A Diary
Travel blogging has become really popular in recent years and it’s easy to see why! When we’re stuck in the office on a boring Monday morning, it’s great to look at someone having the best time on a beach across the world and dream that you are there. You don’t have to be a huge blogger or have a massive budget, but uploading your pictures to social media will create a great living diary for you to look back on when you get home.
Keep In Touch With Home
By changing your status each time you land in a new country, or updating how things are going for you on your trip, your family and friends back home can keep updated all at once, rather than you having to contact them all individually. Make sure you manage their expectations, especially when you think you will be out of wifi for a while. That way, they won’t worry too much if it’s a few days between updates.
Keep Yourself Safe
Don’t overshare your travel plans as you might be making yourself vulnerable. For example, if you’ve checked in at home previously and now you’re announcing that you are going to be going away, thieves may be tempted to rob your house. Don’t post exactly where you are at all times – it’s best to wait until you’ve left somewhere to even mention it, otherwise you may be open to being scammed.
Use It For Research
Social media is the best way to find amazing places to eat, things to do and what we want to see. For example, Secret Traveler by 1Cover has a list of food that’s worth travelling for, such as Bluff Oysters in New Zealand and French cheese, which will give you plenty of ideas for places to go and what to try when you are there. Look at hashtags and location tags for places you’re planning to travel to and see what other people have said about the idea.
Queue Up If Needed
If you’re a blogger or run some type of business that requires you to be active on social media, don’t let the pressure ruin your trip. Use a program that queues up posts for you so you can keep your presence online without having to worry about getting online regularly.
Live In The Moment
If you find yourself caring more about the content you are creating online than what you are doing in the moment, it’s time to log out. The point of travel is to experience amazing things, and sometimes social media and the internet can get in the way of doing this.
As you can see, it’s a delicate balance using social media while you are travelling. On one hand it’s great for documenting your adventures and keeping in touch, but it’s important to not let it get in the way of your enjoyment.
Do you have any tips for managing social media while travelling? Comment below to let me know!