• Wednesday , 26 November 2014
  • Wednesday , 26 November 2014

Pinterest As a World Exploration Tool

There is an entire category on Pinterest dedicated to travel. It holds stunning photos from people all over the world, who have taken shots of the area that they live, or one they have visited. It is impossible to look at those travel oriented boards without getting a serious case of wanderlust. Believe me, I have tried.

Because of the high volume of these photos, and the ability to collect them, Pinterest can make a great tool for exploring all the world has to offer. From getting a quick peek at another country, to planning a trip to see it in person, you can do a lot with this unique social media platform.
Here are three simple steps for using Pinterest as a planner for your dream globetrotting adventure.

1. Start Collecting

The first thing to do is start looking at photos and collecting the ones that most inspire you to get out there and see it for yourself. You will find that many will trigger this more than others, even when it is in a location you didn’t expect to want to visit. This expands your travel desires, and is a great way to start. Personally, I like to collect on various boards for different goals. On one, I might collect photos for small, domestic trips I would like to take. On another, I will make a board that has international or longer journeys that would take me more time to prepare for. I also have boards for singular places that are on my ‘must visit’ list.

2. Start Following

Once you have a fair collection of photos, start looking for patterns in who is posting them. Are they coming more from certain boards than others? Is there someone who is regularly updating with unique and inspiring photos that you keep going back to? These are the people you want to follow, so you can regularly update your collections and find even more places you want to visit.

3. Start Researching

Going through these photos and boards, you will begin to discover places you really want to visit. Once you have, you can start researching the areas and planning your trip. This is easy to do, once you know where your wanderlust in pointing you to. Luckily, most people will list the location where they shot the photo in the description, and sometimes offer a link anchored into the image that takes you to a page describing the place. Which can make it a bit easier to look into.

Great Travel Boards

The official Pinterest for the Travel Channel. See images from popular shows like Man vs Food, look at locations staff have recently been to, or just learn about festivals, events and activities all over the world.

Want to find the perfect vacation for less money, but not sure how to do it? Here, you can find pictures related to budget travel deals offered through the site right now. Plus, see collections made by travelers and readers that have taken advantage of the same deals.

Photonaturalists and avid travelers Florence and Joseph McGinn have some incredible pictures on their boards. See wildlife from all over the world, beautiful places, get travel advice, learn about different countries and even get tips for family travel.

Here are some of the best travel photos on Pinterest. See stunning scenery, find out what the “Nomads” use on their trips, see how they are working to improve the world one flight at a time and see their local connections.

For five years, Gary Arndt has been traveling non-stop. He has been to every continent and seen over 100 countries during that time. See photos from every continent, read his articles and take advantage of his month-by-month “Where to Go” series.

Do you have a tip for using Pinterest as a travel tool? How about a board you would like to share? Let us know in the comments!

Written by:

Jessy is the social media enthusiast, writing for Dobovo, the free tool for inspired travellers to find affordable Kiev apartments.

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41 Comments

  1. Nick Walz
    September 22, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Such a great platform for finding great travel deals. Another great travel board is http://pinterest.com/travelwisdom/

  2. Raine Pal
    September 23, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Very informative. Nice read. Thanks for sharing this with us

  3. Patrick Isaac
    September 28, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Hi! I tried Pinterest before but I can`t understand it for some reason. I know that it is just simple but I really can`t use it.

  4. fifileigh
    September 30, 2012 at 5:18 am

    i mostly do cool photos and hobbies on pinterest. but this travel pinterest is a good way to travel and see the world at your computer, for free, maybe preparing for a future trip someday.

  5. Ma.Diwata Dyosa Engkantada Milagrosa
    September 30, 2012 at 9:19 am

    i'm a pinner too. i also found a great tool here to map out my next backpacking adventure!

  6. Franc Ramon
    September 30, 2012 at 9:22 am

    I have yet to learn the ins and outs of pinterest but seeing your post just shows how useful pinterest is.

  7. faikonta
    September 30, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Some great ideas here on how to use pinterest for a travel bucket list

  8. BrickCruz
    September 30, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Hmm interesting. I never used pinterest before, but I do like travel.. I will check it out.

  9. Debarpan
    September 30, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I also tried pinertest before.Can't find it so helpfulSo just left it…

  10. ^_^ wReY and R0bbY
    September 30, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Wow! This is a cool pinterest feature, my 1st time reading about it here. Thanks for sharing! ^◡^

  11. Malia
    October 5, 2012 at 7:03 am

    i love Pinterest!

  12. Chrisair
    October 5, 2012 at 7:11 am

    very very nice and informative thanks

  13. Epsita Loves Writing
    October 5, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Cool Blog. Loved browsing through the whole post!!!

  14. Robi Marapao
    October 5, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Pinterest has been known to western countries but not that used to some Asian countries. However, it's already famous anywhere you go.

  15. Life N Canvas
    October 5, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    I&#39;m starting to use Pinterest! User-friendly and easy to use. <br />By the way, I also like your site. Simple and easy to navigate. Keep it up!

  16. mhicra
    October 6, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Thanks for sharing this tips, i love collecting photos and Pinterest is one of a good site to use in social Media.

  17. Eugene Constantino
    October 7, 2012 at 1:10 am

    I love pinterest because it&#39;s more visual and I go there to be inspired with lots of awesome works

  18. rojan88
    October 7, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    heard pinterest from my officemates and yeah seemed interesting.

  19. Dreamosity
    October 7, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    LOVE this social network!! Connect with me http://pinterest.com/allenmarcelle/ – Contests are the best! I&#39;ve had lots of success running them for clients. <br />Cheers ~ Marcelle

  20. maspaborito.com
    October 8, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I have a Pinterest account. The travel photos in there are simply amazing! I don&#39;t follow specific accounts but I click randomly and always find many great places to look at, and seriously consider going to.

  21. ricky bernardino
    October 8, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Thanks for sharing this post. I think I have to organize my pin interest account to make it more appealing =)

  22. papaleng
    October 8, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Great travel tour here. Hindi ko pa ganong na-explore ang pinterest.

  23. Sky Summer
    October 8, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    I started pinterest few months back and just recently I got my enthusiasm back. I Keep pinning my best travel pics to share it to the world and got few good response and some repins. :)

  24. Tripsiders
    October 9, 2012 at 12:45 am

    Hindi pako ganoon ka pamilyar sa Pinterest.. pero parang okay siya..:)<br />Thanks..:)

  25. Mai Flores
    October 9, 2012 at 2:15 am

    I&#39;ve actually pinned several photos, mainly from the Travel category.. And as you said, admiring the photos ain&#39;t enough. It always gives you that feeling of wanting to travel soon and yet again. That&#39;s why I love the fact that Pinterest was created because of these shared photos and interests. :)

  26. Adeline Yuboco
    October 9, 2012 at 5:08 am

    Which reminds me, it&#39;s time for me to update and organize my Pinterest account yet again.

  27. Carl Custodio
    October 9, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Great array of traveling posts. I love it. Thanks for sharing!

  28. Traveling Morion
    October 9, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I am now using pinterest and I gained good traffic from my pinboard. thanks for sharing this!

  29. Alwin Aguirre
    October 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Social media, Pinterest included is a very useful tool for traveling; you should also try foodspotting, it lets you find the best food/restaurant in the area near you

  30. Gabriel Billones Jr
    October 10, 2012 at 1:45 am

    It was a great post to inform people about how to maximize social media!

  31. Ceciliette
    October 10, 2012 at 11:47 am

    never thought about usen pinterest as a tool for traveling research… till now! great! Just great!

  32. Rojae B.
    October 10, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Never been able to spend some time for my Pinterest account. But your article just encouraged me to plan tinkering it.. hehe. Thanks!

  33. Francis Balgos
    October 11, 2012 at 1:21 am

    na lula ako sa travel deals.. everything about travel.<br />Ive never really explored much of pinterest, and here you just renewed my interest. ;0

  34. Ron Leyba
    October 11, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Pinterest is so addictive. I am loving it.

  35. Anita Clark Realtor LLC
    October 13, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Pinterest is a wonderful resource, both for business and fun!

  36. Justin | Hari ng Lakbay
    October 13, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Thanks for your tips. I&#39;ll try to start making a Pinterest account from now on. :)

  37. Shalu Sharma
    October 17, 2012 at 10:42 am

    This is unique idea. These are great tips.

  38. Tanya Sehgal
    October 19, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Never had the privlege of being a part of this great platform over the internet. Thanks for sharing such a useful post. Came across your blog through Blogger, I am really impressed ! Great going friend :)

  39. Sondra Carpenter
    October 21, 2012 at 7:12 am

    Thanks for sharing this post. Great idea to use pinterest as a tool to check out destinations when planning your trip.

  40. hjamnette
    October 24, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    umm. i like pinterest but i prefer blogger more.=D

  41. bayenmd
    October 29, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Pinterest is the new stamp collection of the 21st century :-)