how to use Pinterest to plan a vacation
One of my favorite things about traveling is researching all the potential the new city has to offer. There are so many ways to plan a vacation. My go to favorite is to ask locals what to do once you're there. But, I also like to have a general idea of what there is to do, so that I don't end up wasting the time when I'm there. There is so much information about traveling that it can get a little overwhelming. Especially when you're traveling to a popular destination, like Paris.
My favorite way to research places to go, besides asking locals once you're there, is to search on Pinterest. Pinterest is now making it easier than ever to search through keywords, and recommending pins based off your past pins.
The first thing I do is set up a board for my specific place of travel. If you're going by yourself, it's great to be able to reference back to while you're pinning. If you're traveling with other people, you can share access to this board by inviting people to pin on it with you.
Next, get to researching! A lot of times, one pin will lead you to a blog post with more than 10 things to do in a city. I like to read through those blog posts, and then do extra research on the sites and restaurants they mentioned. For example, for Paris, I was led to a couple other blog posts that had a roundup of things to do in Paris. I found the place where Marie Antoinette was beheaded (I really like history, so see historical places in Paris is important to me), searched for that particular location on Pinterest, and then repinned that specific place. This helps me to visually see all the places I want to go, without just seeing a pin for "Top 10 places to see in Paris". Things like the Eiffel Tower are so broad and popular, that I usually pin those first, in order to start collecting places I want to see.
After you've collected all the sights you want to see, and the restaurants/bars you want to try, it'll be time to start grouping together things by location and time, in order to make the most out of your trip!