Travel Planning Before Pinterest Was Such a Chore! Now It’s Just Fun!
I don’t know about you, but when I’m not traveling I’m dreaming, reading, and pinning ideas for my next trip. Pinterest has become my favorite way to plan for a trip, mainly because it is so pretty! I have board after board of dreams, and yes, I look at them everyday. But you say, dreaming is not planning. How does Pinterest help with the actual planning part? I’ll show you. As it turns out, I’m currently researching my next big trip. Jim, Erika, Michael, and I will be traveling through Eastern Europe using a Eurail pass. I’ve never done this before, so I’m learning as I go. I do know that I’ve started my Pinterest board and I’m well on my way to planning a really exciting trip!
Here is my simple five step process on planning an entire trip on Pinterest:
Step 1: Make a new board for your trip.
It goes without saying that if you haven’t signed up for a Pinterest account, then you better get to it. That’s a pre-step! To make a new board, go to your profile page and click on the + button on the Create a board. Easy. It will pop up the board information block for you to fill in.
The information is pretty straight-forward. I don’t always use a map when dreaming, but when I get to the actual planning stage I like to, because it plots the hotels, sights, restaurants, and whatever else I want to go to right on it. For my Eurail pass, my plan is to pin just the main places on the map, so I can actually see the route I’ll be taking. More on the map pins is coming up.
Tip: I love the “secret” option. If I’m planning a romantic getaway for Jim and myself, I can plan the whole trip without him ever knowing about it ahead of time. I have friends that do this to plan other things such as birthday parties, Christmas lists, you name it. What a cool option, don’t you think? I have no reason to keep my Eurail board a secret, and, in fact, I’ll be inviting Jim, Erika, and Michael to help pin since they are going on the trip with me. It’s a great way for everyone involved to add their ideas and desires.
Step 2: Your First Pin!
This is an important pin, because it automatically becomes your board title (unless you decide to change it manually). I usually make my board titles using Photoshop. I like to add words to the board title to make sure it conveys exactly what it is. You’ll notice that I wanted this to be the first stop on my Eurail trip, so I placed it in my hometown, Weiden.
Step 3: Start searching and pinning!
This is really where the fun begins. Pinterest makes it very easy. Since I haven’t made a real plan as to the route I’ll be taking on the train, I’ve just started pinning all kinds of info on Eastern European sights, accommodations, things to do, and of course food! As you can see, I know I’m probably making a stop in Trieste, so I just typed it into the search bar. Underneath are suggestions on what you might want to look up in Trieste. You can include any combination to really narrow down your search.
Step 4: Optimizing the map option.
On some map boards, everything pinned has a corresponding pin on the map. I don’t want to do that with my map, because I want a visual of where I’m going. To use the map pin, you just find something you want to pin, pin it, then you must go to that pin on the board and put in a place.
So pin to your board, go to that pin on your board and hit the button “Add a place”. Type in where it is and pick one of the choices that Pinterest (and Four Square) have provided. Then you will notice that the pin has changed and states where it is as well as having a corresponding map pin on your trip map.
Tip: If you decide that you don’t want to have a pin on the map, you can go to that pin, edit it, and as you see below, hit the “Remove Place” button to get rid of it. I removed this one, because Eurail does not travel to Macedonia, so we may not go there on this trip after all. I haven’t completely deleted the pin yet, though, because you never know. I may decide to go anyway. I can always delete the pin later, but by removing the map pin at least it doesn’t clutter up my map with places I’m not sure about.
So what types of pins will you search for? I like to search UNESCO World Heritage sites, Top Tens of a place, Museums, walks, parks, souvenirs, national dress, festivals, food, tours, shopping, free stuff to do, hotels, restaurants, shows, music events. The list goes on and on, and I will also search by pins, pinners, and boards to cover all my bases. I usually will pin away, but as I said, I’m more picky about what I’ll actually put on the map.
Step 5: Have a great trip!
Don’t forget that you can view your Pinterest map board on your mobile device, and you’ll have all the information you need right at your fingertips.
We take off on our Eastern Europe by Eurail trip at the end of July, so my Pinterest board is still changing everyday. If you have traveled in Eastern Europe, I’d love to hear your recommendations on where to go and what to do! Check out my board and hey! Join me on Pinterest!
Disclaimer: Eurail has sponsored the four of us with Global Passes.
Have you planned a trip using Pinterest? What tips can you add?