Having social media when you travel is something everyone of us should take advantage of, after all it’s free! Using this tool to improve a trip is something that I learnt a long time ago, now I don’t think it would be possible for me to hit the road and not use it. I know there is the argument that many of us spend way too much time on our social media, scrolling through it all day long and simply wasting our time. However, you don’t need to be glued to it all day to get all the benefits.

Here are 3 reasons why you need social media when you travel.

Stay Connected

I know that this definitely keeps parents all around the world very happy indeed! With just a few clicks we can let our family, friends and loved ones know exactly where we are and what we’ve been up to . This could be through a simple message or even a free call using their app, free calls are awesome when you’re half way around the world. Then of course you can publish pictures or post a status update, that way everyone on your friend list will see how things are going.

Meet New People

Social media has loads of different groups which are awesome for travellers! They can be travel groups or even expat groups that live in the place you are travelling to. I would say that before you travel to any new city you should try to join at least one of the groups, especially if you’re going to be there for a while. You’ll find out where the best places in town are and also how to make new friends, it could be through a sports club or even jamming with some fellow musicians. It’s how I met a new friend Paul Hurdsfield when I was traveling in Thailand.

Get Ideas

I learnt about this when I was travelling with a friend in Myanmar. Every time we would head to a new city they would enter the name of the place on instagram, instantly lots of recent pictures would pop up, By taking a look at photos from fellow travellers and reading their comments you are able to plan what you think you’d like to visit.