How To: Show Off Your Holiday
These days we don’t even wait until we get home to show off our amazing holiday adventures. Clearly us dealcheckers are fans of holiday sharing, but we wouldn’t want you to miss a moment more than you have to of your holiday, even if it does make your mates back home green with envy.
We’ve examined a selection of social media and sharing sites that are popular with holiday makers – so just pick the method best suited to you!
One final point before you get started – Do wait until you’re in a free wifi hotspot: huge data roaming charges do NOT make a great holiday memento!
Travel Blogging & Online Travel Journals
- Great for: Keeping friends and family up to date on long round the world expeditions
by Justin Otto
If you want to document your travel every step of the way and share with your friends and family then look for a traditional private blog site like tripntale, travellerspoint, and tripcase. You can make the entries as long or as detailed as you like and they are increasingly compatible with smart phones too so you’ll be able to update on the go.
Aspiring travel writers and avid bloggers might want to take their travel tales to the next level and share their stories with the world. In that case, online travel journals like MyTripJournal and OffExploring.com are just what you need. This is nice because you can tell people you meet to look out for you on the internet and you never know, you might make it to one of the coveted ‘blog of the day’ spots! Just make sure you leave some time to enjoy your adventure rather than worrying about your next post!
- Great for: Showing off those sightseeing snaps
by Nico Kaiser
Fans of keeping things simple and just uploading beautiful travel pictures can’t go wrong with a simple photo sharing website. Flikr is the best known, but you could also try out SmugMug which is winning lots of awards at the moment. Think about how you’re going to connect your camera to the internet if you’re serious about making people jealous purely through the medium of images, and don’t be too ambitious when it comes to considering the speed of the internet in far-flung spots.
- Great for: Lazy holiday makers
If writing or spending ages getting the perfect photo isn’t for you consider making a video diary. Youtube is the best known for this, and Vimeo is hot on its heels, but why not try newcomer Winkball too. This site lets you choose between public and private video walls so you can share with the world or keep it to yourself and your loved ones. The best way to upload videos quickly is to get a Flip Camera which comes complete with a USB so you just plug and go!
Simply Social Media
- Great for: Keeping it short and sweet
If you don’t want to put all that much time or effort in, but still want to make everyone back at home super jealous then Facebook, Twitter and location-based site Gowalla are perfect. Particularly great for short breaks when your phone still works, it’s simple to add a few updates about how great your trip, attach a couple of choice pictures, or just “check in” to your current location.
Warning! Steer clear of doing too much
It’s really not cool to be spending your hard-earned holidays reviewing all the places you’ve been, so save adding your travel tips to our website or visiting TripAdvisor, VirtualTourist and the like until you get home. If you’re worried you’ll forget the details you can scribble a few notes, but save the admin until you get home, all that can wait. It’s time to sit back and enjoy seeing the sights, eating the food or just chilling out – it’s a holiday after all!
top image by di bo di