With Instagram heading towards around 100 million users and statistics showing that there are around 50+ photos being uploaded every second, it is easy to see how influential this social networking site is becoming. These days we have a wealth of opportunities for sharing information – so much so that there is no excuse any more for ‘ignorance is bliss’. And when it comes to booking a holiday then Instagram really comes into its own. We take a look at how you can have an Instagram holiday this festive season.
Instagram Holiday Booking
Book with Knowledge
When planning your holiday Instagram can be invaluable. While the glossy brochure pictures can be enticing, there is nothing better than real, honest photos to help you make your mind up.
Romantic images of Paris and lovers embraced beneath the Eiffel Tower, dreamy pictures of the ruins of the Coliseum in Rome and sunny snaps of families enjoying a trip down the canals of Amsterdam. All these and more fill the pages of the holiday brochures and, along with their persuasive writing, they tempt us to part with our cash and step on the plane.
But while the brochures are filled with sunshine and yet Amsterdam brings rain, and the guides promise 4 star treatment in hotels that barely have enough hot water – how do we know when to trust what we see and read?
Access a Click Away
Nowadays we have access to hundreds of travellers who have walked a well-worn path to the doors of these hotels and experienced the true weather and climate of the country. And all are just a click away.
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Instagram users pass on their information mainly via photos. They will take photographs with their Smartphones, upload to the App, adjust the image with the in-App facility for tweaking pictures and then they will upload to their profile.
Real Life, Real Time
So real-time photos of the resort or hotel you are planning to visit are available at your fingertips. And if there have been any issues in the resort – unfinished building work, poor hygiene or political disruption then it is hard to argue with photographic evidence.
Instagram users can also make their Instagram accounts searchable online – and many travellers and especially drivers are uploading images of their road trip and showing the pitfalls as well as the pleasures of driving abroad. By quite literally following in another Instagram user’s footsteps you can plan your trip realistically.
It has never been easier to swap information about destinations and that can only mean you are fully prepared for your journey – as long as you leave with your Smartphone.
Instagram will help by keeping photographic evidence safe whilst you build your case to make a complaint against a tour operator.