Last updated: 12:30 PM ET, Fri October 14 2016

How to Use Instagram to Plan Travel

Features & Advice | Janeen Christoff | October 14, 2016

How to Use Instagram to Plan Travel

Instagram isn’t just a great way to share photos of your own travels, it can also help you in destinations that you visit. SmarterTravel has determined how to use Instagram as a travel planning tool — and here are just some of the ways. 

First, follow locals. 

“Getting the inside scoop on must-see spots in large cities is as simple as following an in-the-know local on Instagram. Plenty of cities are home to photographers or Instagram connoisseurs who make it their mission to share some of the best local spots,” writes Shannon McMahon. 

Second, check out the tourism board. 

“Destinations that don't have many locals covering them likely have a tourism board account that offer great tips. Through these official accounts, you're likely to find not just dreamy snapshots, but also important information about upcoming events,” says McMahon. 

READ MORE: How to Make Your Instagram Photos Look Even More Amazing

Don’t be afraid to interact with locals on Instagram. 

“The best part about using social media for travel planning is that it's a two-way street—ideas can come to you. Liking photos and following accounts you're interested in can prompt other related accounts to follow you or like your photos in an effort to get your attention,” McMahon suggests. 

Read on here for more tips on using Instagram as a planning tool. 


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