Summer and Social Media

Summer is here (yay!) and for most of us, this means vacation time too (double yay!). Before going away, I spend a lot of time researching what to do, see, eat, buy at my upcoming destination, the last couple of years my favorite source of information is social networks and my connections there.

One of my favorite weekends away, was when I was going to Copenhagen, Denmark last fall, and asked my Instagram and Twitter feed what to do there.

I got so many great suggestions – dining places, must-sees, book cafe’s, best coffee, best view, (@XCEriksson even sent me his personal map with all his favorites), and could almost have spent the whole time there doing things suggested to me!

Check out my Snapshots from Copenhagen

(P)inspiration
Another go-to source is Pinterest. I love love love to look up my destination (or the dream destinations) and pin away.

Check out my previous post: Pinterest Travel Inspiration

Social Shaming
Another thing social networks is good for, is social shaming, and vacation time is no exception. Have you ever been frustrated by your fellow travelers carry-on luggage? Well, then the hashtag #CarryOnShame is for you!

Digital Detox
Instead of posting #InstaGo photos, checking in to Foursquare and sending Snap’s of everything happening during the summer, vacation can also means time to unplug and log-off for some. Maybe it’s time for a digital detox?

It sure is!⭐️ Nok en nydelig dag i Oslo! 😎 #StakkarsOss #Oslove

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I’m goin’ to Miami
As for my summer vacation this year, I’m going to MIAMI ( tipple yay!) followed by a cruise in the Caribbean sea. While the cruise days almost plan them self (Hello sundeck), I’m super-grateful for any recommendations for things to do / see / visit / eat / but in the Miami area! 🙂

Where do you get your vacation inspirations?

Digital Detox

Summer is here, and for many of us this means vacation time (YAY!). Have you thought about taking a vacation from more than just work/school? Maybe a digital detox with no emails, social network updates or phone calls is what you need? If so, here are some advice on the road:

– Take baby steps
Start with going without your smart-phone for a few hours and see how it feels. What’s the worst part? What do you miss the most?

– Don’t do it on your own
Tell your friends about your detox and ask for support, mentoring or a partner in crime.

– Find a substitute
To me, the scariest part about a digital detox would probably be not being able to upload photos to Instagram – I take photos all the time!:-D If you are like me, consider buying a lomography camera and re-discover the charm of not seeing the photo right away.

Marianne Granum - Lomography Fisheye
Picture borrowed from my sister, Hilde, taken with a lomography fisheye camera.

– Stay busy
Go on a phototrip, try a new recipe, play board games, take up an old hobby or learn a new skill.

– Go to a digital detox hotel or camp
If everything else fails, gather a group and go somewhere with no reception, no wi-fi and no power outlets. Did you know there are several digital detox hotels and sonatinens to go to? Here is list of the Top 10 Digtal Detox Hotels.

Are you considering a digital detox? And if so, what do you think is your biggest challenge?