Pinterest As a Travel Planning Tool

Pinterest As a Travel Planning Tool

Because of my travel addiction, I’ve always been a bit… overzealous when it comes to vacation planning. But when Pinterest came along, wow! It was like a whole new world out there for me to discover.

I rely more on Pinterest for planning my trips than anything else. Here’s why.

  1. Pinterest is visual. I may not remember the name of the really cool castle in England that has the moat, but I will recognize it immediately if I see a picture of it. (I do remember, though, and it’s Bodiam Castle, if you’re interested.)
  2. Pinterest allows me to make as many ever-loving lists as I want without cluttering up my desk. Because it’s a virtual list out there in cyberspace, I can access it anywhere at any time. My lists go with me wherever I am via my mobile phone. That also means there are no scraps of paper to lose.

Those are the main benefits. As for how I specifically use Pinterest, it goes something like this.

I see a picture of a place and think, “Wow!  I’d really love to go there/see that/do that someday.” I pin it on a board that I have created based on its geographical location (region/country/state/county).

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As soon as we decide where our next trip will be, I look at the Pinterest board for that area. Many times, the number of pins on my Pinterest board will be a key factor in helping us decide where we will go. I find a map – a road map that I purchase if I think we will need one, or I just print one out that I find online- and map out all of my pins so I can get a visual on how much travel will be involved once we reach our destination. Little Post-it flags go on each spot that I want to visit. (Pinterest used to have a map feature that did this for you but, sadly, they got rid of it.)

Once that is done, it’s easy to see where the majority of the points of interest are located. That becomes the focal point/base of operations for our journey, and the outlying areas are assigned priority based on how much time we have and how badly we want to see them. Anything that doesn’t fit within the time frame of our trip stays on the travel board and is saved for potential future trips.

For instance, when I was planning the trip that we will be taking to the UK later this year, we started off thinking we would do Scotland and Wales with a couple of days in London and some miscellaneous sights in England along the way. I got a UK map off of Amazon and plotted my short list of things that I wanted to see in the British Isles.

Scotland was eliminated first, because most of what I wanted to see there was in the northern part of the country and logistically I just couldn’t make it work within our time frame.

That left me with Wales and England. I had flags all over England, but the majority were either in northern England or in southern England and very few were in the middle.  I consulted my family about what their must-see items were.  For Hubs, it was Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland.  For my daughter, it was the Sherlock Holmes museum in London.  I was leaning towards Wales, but was also drawn to Yorkshire.

It seemed best to postpone Wales for a future trip. We decided to do three days in Northumberland, three days in Yorkshire, and 2 days in London. We will hit all of our major must-see places without being too pressed for time.

If you’re looking to plan a vacation, I highly recommend using Pinterest. It’s been a great help to me, and it’s also helped me find places I might not have otherwise known about. Happy pinning!


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