Think you need the latest guide book for ultimate trip planning? Not with Pinterest! Plan your summer trip — AND fill your bucket list — with these tips and tricks for using Pinterest as your travel guide.
To get started using Pinterest for summer travel inspiration, log into your Pinterest account (you have a Pinterest account, right? If not, go here to set up yours) and create your travel planning boards. I like to start with Bucket List, Destination Boards, Planning Boards and Sharing my Trip. These four categories will help you organize your travel planning, and help you easily share your experience.
On your Bucket List board you can pin everywhere you think you want to go. Simply query your desired destination in the search bar in the upper left-hand corner or go directly to the Travel category and see what pops up. Most pins have AMAZING photography and as an added bonus, many pins link to a website that offers more information.
Now, you may not actually be able to go to most of these places, but searching the options will help inspire an actual trip. Once you’ve become inspired you can create boards of specific places you can realistically go to, these will be your Destination Boards.
Tip: If you’re not sure you want all your followers to know your travel plans, make your board a Secret Board
Once you have created a few Destination Boards, now it’s time to create your Planning Boards. For example, I am planning a trip to Mt. Rushmore with the family this summer. I have created several boards around this trip: Camping near Mt. Rushmore, Where to Eat in Rapid City, Things to do with Kids in South Dakota, History of Mt. Rushmore and — of course! — Hiking Outfit Ideas. Not only have I found great tips and ideas through Pinterest, I have also pinned posts from all over the Internet to these boards (such as the area’s tourism department and other local sources.)
You can also use the autofill tool of the search bar to find more great pins. When I typed in Mt. Rushmore, I got the option to choose from “Mt. Rushmore Vacation”, “Mt. Rushmore Trip” and others. Another great way to find relevant pins is when you find a pin you like, Pinterest will suggest other pins and pinners pinning similar content (that’s a lot of “pinning”)!
Tip: Don’t just stick to pinning images… videos, infographics, and slides make for great content, as well!
Did you discover a new or interesting café on your trip? Or did you capture some really amazing images? Share your experiences, too! Not only can you share your images, you can map your trip using Pinterest’s new-ish feature called Place Pins. This offers a great visual to look back on after your trip.
Tip: Invite your friends to share with you on a few of your travel planning boards. If they like something you likely will, too!