Earlier this year, my husband and I travelled to Morocco on a two-week vacation. Initially when we began to plan our Moroccan trip we were overwhelmed; but navigating on social media for this task made it much easier and fortunately much cheaper.
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Would you believe the cost of our trip was less than the cost of a one week all inclusive beach vacation to the Caribbean? Yes, this is possible and using social media to plan your vacation makes it easier than ever.
The following tips for using social media will help you save money AND still allow you to cross off your bucket list, that vacation of a lifetime.
Start Gathering Ideas
The best place to get ideas for vacationing is from those who have already travelled there. Get the best bang for your buck by looking for vacation ideas on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Other great review sites are Trip Advisor and Yelp.
According to an article from Stackla in April 2019, http://bit.ly/2m0qUwy 86% of people have become interested in travelling to a certain destination after seeing social media images from friends, family and peers. Validating this statistic, the article also notes that 89% of people would post about a positive travel experience.
Build Your Itinerary First
Once you have some ideas formulated, an itinerary will assist you in putting together all the details. I like to start my planning a year in advance of my travel date. There are plenty of free vacation itinerary templates available to get you started. Using a template will help ensure you don’t forget any of the crucial details.
Plan Your Flight Well in Advance
Great deals on flights are available and can be accessed quite easily on social media. I like to use a site called Next Departure https://nextdeparture.ca/. They find cheap flights that are unadvertised or are ‘mistake’ fare deals. Once you subscribe to this site, you will receive emails whenever there are flight deals anywhere in the world and for various airlines. You can subscribe via main social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.
Book Reasonably Priced Accommodations
Booking accommodations doesn’t have to be expensive and blow your budget. There are so many different options for accommodations all over the world that are much cheaper than a hotel and just as luxurious. Renting a home, apartment or condo is extremely easy and budget friendly using sites such as Airbnb https://www.airbnb.ca and VRBO https://www.vrbo.com. These sites provide you with reviews of the location and details on your host that ensure you pick the best option that suits your needs.
The benefits and rewards of planning your vacation with the help of social media are significant. For me, Morocco was the trip of a lifetime and the sites, culture, people and experiences will not be forgotten.
Don’t miss out on your opportunity! What’s on your bucket list?
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