10 Ways to Become a More Mindful and Financially Savvy Traveler

How does someone travel successfully in 2019? With social media occupying so much of our time, it’s easy to define a successful trip as one that pulled in all the likes. But while taking advantage of your Instagram-worthy destination isn’t a bad thing, there’s definitely more to an incredible vacation. To get the most out of your travel, you want to experience things you’ve never encountered before. You want to immerse yourself in a new culture, and visit a combination of “must-see” spots and off-the-beaten-path destinations.

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How Reddit Helped This Author Sell Hundreds Of Books Almost Overnight

Author Seth McDuffee will never forget when his novel briefly surpassed The Martian as the top-selling book on Amazon’s humorous science fiction category in mid-December. This was no small feat considering Andy Weir’s novel has lingered around countless bestseller lists since his book was adapted into the hit film of the same name in 2015. McDuffee owes much of his literary success to Reddit, where he cultivated and marketed the story that would become Good Boy, the tale of a loud-mouthed, quick-witted so-and-so who dies during a zombie apocalypse.

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Is Social Media Creating Unrealistic Travel Expectations Among Millennials?

Millennials love to travel. In fact, one of the reasons that freelancing is so popular with this generation is that it leaves them freer to control their schedules and work from remote locations. The bad news is that millennials, who rely heavily on social media to inspire their travels and influence their choice in destinations, could be in for some disappointment. According to a fresh study by Allianz Global Assistance, 36% of millennial travelers post misleading pictures of their vacation to make things appear to be better than they really are.

Many of these deceptive posting tactics are pretty well-known. Travelers will carefully curate only the best pictures to be seen on social media platforms such as Instagram. They’ll use filters and other technology to make themselves look fitter, younger, tanner, and more energetic. They’ll crop photos to ensure only the best looking people are in the final product. Using camera angles and perspective to make it look like they have special access to VIP areas and experiences is also a common technique.

Of course, not all deception is visual. Travelers also paint a less than honest picture through blog posts, social media updates, and other content.

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Polaroid: How a square-shaped nostalgia symbol paved the way for social media

Long before Polaroid pictures invoked sun-bleached nostalgia, dreamlike memories and a lust for a bygone analog age, they were considered a flash of impossibly futuristic technology.

When the company’s SX-70 OneStep instant camera was released in 1972, the US was still drafting conscripts for the Vietnam War, the Sony Walkman was seven years away and most people had to wait days — or even weeks — to see the pictures they’d snapped.

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How to add music to your Instagram story

Instagram stories

Just days after launching video chat for the masses, Instagram added yet another new feature on Thursday. You can now put music in your stories with a few simple taps to add a bit of extra flavor. Of course, these aren’t full songs, but rather 15-second clips that you can use over your photos and videos. These aren’t instrumental or royalty free tracks though — you’ll find popular songs from top 40 radio and beyond in a library of thousands of songs.

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Luxury hotel overwhelmed by influencers asking for free rooms

Just because you have a social media account, doesn’t mean you meet the definition of “influencer” in a resort’s marketing plans.

A five-star resort is being bombarded by social media influencers asking for complimentary stays in exchange for coverage on their accounts, says one hotel marketing manager.

A luxury hotel in the Maldives reports receiving half a dozen requests a day from self-described Instagram “stars” with meagre followings requesting free rooms.

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