Perhaps you work for a high pressure law firm or commodities agency. Maybe you work for an ad agency, government department or retail store. Wherever you work, eventually you need a vacation. In today’s troubled economy, however, the cost of even a short vacation can seem insurmountable.
In response, people are turning to virtual travel, not as a substitute for actual travel, but as a means to take short breaks from the stressors of daily life. People are logging into sites such as Pinterest and Instagram to take virtual vacations in foreign lands.
This is Silly … Or is it?
At first, it sounds rather odd — the idea of taking a short mini-vacation without leaving your desk. In practice, however, it can be quite relaxing.
You might decide to spend your coffee break at your SEO company looking at pictures of Parisian street life through Pinterest, or search for ocean views on Instagram. Humans are visually-oriented creatures, and a calming scene can reduce stress, whether or not it’s real. Add some soothing music for even more relaxation.
Some sites offer 360-degree panoramic views of famous locations. I’ll never climb Mt. Everest myself, but thanks to some online panoramic pictures of the summit, I get a clear sense of the height, majesty and solitude of standing atop the world’s highest mountain. As an added bonus, I don’t have to risk frostbite, exposure and life to see it.
Planning for the Real Thing
Virtual vacations can have real-world effects beyond coffee-break stress relief. Many people are using Pinterest and Instagram to plan their dream vacations, pinning and sharing pictures of places they want to go and things they want to see.
It’s a smart move. Presume, for a moment, that you want to visit France. Bulky travel books provide plenty of information, but when it comes to imagination and vacation planning, pictures are much more evocative. You know that you can’t see everything on your vacation, but by browsing Pinterest and Instagram, you can decide which sights are must-see destinations and which can wait.
You can even take it one step further. Make a Pinterest board for French locations and sights, and repin everything you want to see on that board. If your travel agent also has a Pinterest account, you can share the board with her and ask her to arrange a trip where you’ll see as many of your chosen sights as possible.
Posting Your Own Vacations
When you’re on vacation yourself, Pinterest and Instagram offer wonderful opportunities to share the experience with virtual vacationers. When posting vacation photos, go for quality over quantity; three amazing pictures please virtual vacationers more than 50 mediocre shots. And don’t forget to look up from your camera when you’re on holiday!
About Guest Blogger:
Michelle is a Content Specialist and Blogger with a passion for the Internet, specifically social media and blogging. She loves how social media connects people across the globe, and appreciates that blogging gives her the opportunity to voice her thoughts and share advice with an unlimited audience. You can connect with Michelle on Twitter at @Mich_Rebecca.