A few months ago my friend let me in on one of her travel secrets that completely changed the way I plan trips. Most people think Instagram is just a good social media tool, but it is actually your best friend when it comes to traveling and picking restaurants.
Whenever I’m going to a new city, or looking for a good restaurant to try in my hometown, I immediately check Instagram. Most restaurants have Instagram accounts now, which let customers post pictures of their food and leave comments. I always go to the magnifying glass on Instagram, search the name of a restaurant I’m thinking about trying, and see if the food looks edible.
A simple search led me to the Instagram account of one of my favorite restaurants in New York:
Seeing pictures of the food helps me choose places to eat. I even use Instagram to help me find new restaurants in my hometown.
If the restaurant does not have their own account, then chances are someone has posted a picture of the place using the name of the restaurant as a hashtag. Simply search the name of the restaurant as a hashtag, and pictures of the food will pop up.
Combining the words lets you easily search the restaurant as a hashtag:
It’s also helpful to search destinations on Instagram by using the “Places” tab. By searching a destination, you get ideas about how to dress, and what types of entertainment are around the area. When planning my recent trip to New York City, I used Instagram to help me decide where to eat, how to dress, and read people’s comments about the destinations I had planned to go to.
A quick search of the Brooklyn Bridge shows me a map, gives me photo shoot ideas, and shows me how to dress:
Sure websites and guidebooks are helpful, but Instagram is updated in real time, and allows everyone to give an unbiased opinion. Plus, by seeing other people’s pics, it’s easy to find the most Instagrammable locations!