By Susan Farlow, Special to the Los Angeles Times
(- to be honest, this is a world I am yet to discover, but am reading about it with interest!)
The travel industry, as well as individual travellers, are starting to use this visual social platform with interesting results. The photos make it easy for a traveller to quickly scan a destination's food, architecture or historic sites.
As a travel writer, I'm always looking for new tools I can use to help plan my trips. Lately, there's been lots of talk about a social media site called Pinterest, a free online photo bulletin board that's popular with designers, foodies and crafts people.
But could you use it to plan trips? Well, yes. It turns out that the travel industries, as well as individual travellers, are starting to use this visual social platform with interesting results.
The photos make it easy for a traveller to quickly scan a destination's food, architecture or historic sites. If you're intrigued by a picture, a click on it will take you to more content.
Arranging a family trip? Make a Pinterest page with boards such as "Eateries to Try," "Museum Must-Sees" or "Hotels to Consider." Invite family members to add their two cents by "pinning" their photos and comments to the boards. Then, devise an itinerary on which everyone can agree.
Let's say you're looking for great sunglasses, flip-flops or an offbeat backpack. Plug in the keyword and you're presented with a picture gallery of your travel must-haves. Compare offerings and find faves; you can often click to buy.
Keep in mind that Pinterest pages vary in their helpfulness in travel planning. It's a new platform, and the travel industry is still figuring out how best to use it. Even Pinterest itself is trying to figure things out, especially concerning copyrights. Check its terms of service for more information.
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