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  Social media is like a giant toolbox these days, and travel is no exception! With cool pictures on Instagram, travel blogs with all sorts of tips, and videos on TikTok, people are planning trips, having them, and sharing them in totally new ways thanks to social media. Let’s see how this online world is changing travel around the globe!
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  • Discovering New Places

Social media, like Instagram and Facebook, show us beautiful pictures of places all over the world. When we see these pictures, we feel excited and want to visit those places ourselves. We discover new places that we might never have known about before. It’s like going on a virtual adventure!
  • Planning Your Trip

Before, when we wanted to plan a trip, we had to use travel books or ask travel agents for help. But now, we use social media to plan our adventures. We read what other people say about different places on websites like TripAdvisor. We also watch videos on YouTube made by people who have already been to those places. This helps us decide where to go and what to do when we get there.
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  • Connecting with Others

Social media is like a big, friendly community where people who love to travel can connect. We can talk to locals who live in the places we want to visit. We can also ask for advice from other travellers who have been there before. It feels nice to know that there are people all over the world who are happy to help us plan our trips.
  • Sharing Your Journey

When we go on trips, we like to share our experiences with our friends and family. We take lots of pictures and videos of the things we see and do. Then, we post them on social media for everyone to see. It’s a fun way to show people what we’re up to and to keep in touch, even when we’re far away.

Challenges of Social Media

While social media is great for sharing our adventures, sometimes it can make us focus too much on getting the perfect picture. We might spend more time trying to take the perfect selfie than actually enjoying the moment. Also, when places become popular on social media, lots of people want to visit them. This can make those places really crowded and not as enjoyable as they used to be.
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Final Thoughts

Social media has changed the way we travel in many ways. It helps us find new places, plan our trips, connect with others, and share our experiences. But it’s important to remember to enjoy the moment and not get too caught up in taking pictures. After all, the best memories are made when we’re fully present and enjoying the journey.
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This article was first published on 23rd April 2024


Chidiogo Shalom Akaelu holds a degree in English and Literary Studies, from the University of Nigeria. She is a freelance writer, editor and founder of Loana Press, a budding online publishing outlet.

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