The Internet has penetrated every single aspect of our lives. Strangely, though, when it comes to our holidays, we tend to run to the local library or bookstore and borrow/buy outdated travel guides instead, only to find out on location that the information contained within them is no longer valid, incomplete or outright wrong. You can do better than that. By using Twitter to help you with your holiday planning, you will be able to avoid unpleasant surprises, inform yourself about great places to go and even get in touch with some nice people to meet. Here’s how it works.
Follow local news- & travel agencies
In a way, visiting a foreign country means turning into a foreign citizen for a few weeks. Which, in turn, also means that you should treat the news of your future holiday destination like local news. Anything can potentially be of interest, from sports to municipal politics and from economics to diplomatic conventions. Far from being boring, this will also help you feel more engaged and raise your anticipation ahead of your journey.
With everything becoming more and more specialised, you can now find Twitter experts for almost every single country. These experts are freely sharing their knowledge about the best restaurants, the hottest clubs, the most interesting tourist sites and museums as well as about local customs and culture with you – and it won’t even cost you a single penny. Not tuning into their stream of information would mean missing out on some of the greatest experiences of your vacation! So make sure to find out who’s leading the pack – and then start following them.
Find some contacts on location
What could possibly be better than checking out the suggestions of experts? Certainly to have someone at your location show you around in person. This is not as crazy as it may seem. After all, Twitter is not just a news channel, but also a great social network putting you in touch with millions of people all across the globe, many of which are of the same age and share your interests. While searching for interesting accounts to follow, never forget to look out for some potential friends to meet up with once you’ve reached your destination as well.
Follow financial news accounts
One of the most important aspects of each vacation is money. You’ll need to decide how much cash to take with you and what to use as your principle payment method while travelling. Also, make sure to find out about potential currency exchange rate fluctuations. By following the tweets of financial news providers, you can inform yourself about these topics very specifically and almost in real-time. In case of doubt, a currency card can represent the ideal travel money companion. It fixes the exchange rate on the card and provides you with a great combination of debit- and credit-card services.
And one last piece of advice: As much as the Internet can prove to be of help, you should never forget to actually enjoy your holiday away from Twitter – nothing beats the real thing, after all.
This article was written by Gavin Whittaker in association with Tuxedo, a leader in the field of prepaid-solutions and electronic banking in the UK.