Traveling The World Through Social Media

What do you associate with the word travel?

Is there a vibrant picture that appears in your mind?11178216_10153261758553536_7114650584479635181_n

Is there a smell that instantly reminds you of a past trip or the hope of a future one?

Is there a quote that embodies everything travel is to you?

Is there a feeling, deep within you, that excites and ignites when you think of travel?

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Travel Is…

bogota2For me, it’s the butterflies that appear when I think of a new destination. The sheer happiness that occurs when I think of my past adventures. It’s the photos and mementos that I’ve collected along the way, that upon seeing, spark amazing memories. Travel is an integral part of who I am and is an incredibly prominent and important part of my life.

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As an avid reader, there is one quote that always comes to mind and brings two important parts of my being, together.

“The World is a book and those who do not travel, read only one page”  -St. Augustine

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Travel Through Social Media

With all this being said, I am so happy that social media exists and is able to provide so many people with access to the World. At the very least, a way to be introduced to the beauty that exists all over the World and the adventures that await you.

For me, social media is always giving me new ideas of places to visit. I would have never known that a festival exists in Spain where, once a year, you can have a food fight in the street with tomatoes (La Tomatina Festival).  Now, because of social media, it’s on the top of my bucket list for this year! Without travel bloggers to follow and get ideas from, I would have never realized the beauty of Morocco. It wasn’t on my list of places to see, but due to a picture I stumbled upon on Instagram and a #hashtag I followed, I found myself (figuratively at first and literally a few months later) in Morocco – one of the most stunning places I’ve ever visited.

Comment below and let me know what you associate with the word travel.  What does travel mean to you? Have you ever been influenced to visit a new place because of something you’ve seen on social media?

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7 thoughts on “Traveling The World Through Social Media

  1. Great article! I follow many travel blogs on Instagram and Tumblr and they give me lots of ideas for places I want to travel. It’s incredibly useful!

  2. Travel for me is the excitement of being able to explore a new place. I get this feeling when I arrive somewhere new….like I am breathing a little deeper and my heart feels a bit more full. It’s really hard to put into words. Social media has definitely played a part in my travels. Though I still feel a little bit old-school on this, I am definitely more influenced by conversations I have had face to face. I love when someone suggests a place and then tells their story of how they discovered it or why they ended up there or the funny thing that happened to them there.
    That being said, Earth Porn posts such amazing photos that I want to go to every single place they photograph.

  3. Travelling in the age of social media has provided us with a glimpse of what travelling will be like in the future when we travel to destinations using Virtual Reality. More specifically, right now we see images and read descriptions of peoples experiences while travelling on platforms like instagram and even facebook live. What happens when this is coupled with VR where we can more fully immerse in these shared experiences around the world.

    • That’s so true Jeff. It’s only just beginning, I can’t even imagine the technology that will soon be brought forward and the experiences people may get from it. I’m not sure if it’s something I look forward to or something I’m afraid of (more so due to the fact that maybe it will make less people want to experience it in person when/if it’s so readily available through a computer).

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