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34 Clever Uses of Social Media for Travel

From Tweeted Hotel Bookings to Selfie-Friendly Hotels

— December 14, 2013 — World
Social media for travel is changing the way people see the world and it is having a huge influence on the travel industry. A prime example of this is Loews Hotels, which allows its guests to make hotel bookings through Twitter. Another social media-loving destination is the Australia 1888 Hotel, which offers a free night stay for guests with 10,000 Instagram followers — this is good exposure for the hotel and a great deal that the influential Instagram user is bound to spread the word about. With perks like these, people will be snapping a ton of selfies at the hotel.

With the recent introduction of Pinterest’s Place Boards, this brings a ton of new opportunities for travel agencies, airlines and hotels to create captivating maps of must-see destinations or the locations of novel vacationing spots around the globe.
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Tweeting Travel Agents
Tweeting Travel Agents
'Reach.ly' Trolls Twitter to Help Hotels Find Potential Guests
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Location-Based Friend Tools
Location-Based Friend Tools
Lonely Planet Friends for Friends App is Perfect for Solo Travelers
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City Discovery Apps
City Discovery Apps
Mapnificent App Presents All Possible Routes Available from a Starting Point
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Twitter Airline Tickets
Twitter Airline Tickets
TweetAFlight Allows Instant Social Media Travel Transactions
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Virtual Travel Exercise Experiences
Virtual Travel Exercise Experiences
The Teemo Fitness App Takes You On an Adventure
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Personalized City Search Tools
Personalized City Search Tools
MapQuest Vibe Lets Users Engage with Cities Interactively
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Travel-Focused Social Networks
Travel-Focused Social Networks
Touristlink Makes Traveling an Everyday Topic for Web Surfers
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Social Media Urination Stations
Social Media Urination Stations
AirPnP Allows Users to Lend Out Their Bathrooms to the Public
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Seat Mate-Matching Applications
Seat Mate-Matching Applications
Finnair Airline Passengers can Choose Their Seat Mates
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Prosperous Scavenger Hunts
Prosperous Scavenger Hunts
Twitter's HiddenCash is Holding a SF Scavenger Hunt Leading to Money
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Lit Holiday Travel Charts
Lit Holiday Travel Charts
Foursquare Travel Infographic Lights up the Sky
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Tourist-Attracting Smartphone Campaigns
Tourist-Attracting Smartphone Campaigns
The ‘Post from Japan’ App Harnesses Picture Po
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Social Media Trip Engagers
Social Media Trip Engagers
The 'MHbuddy' App Let's You Share Travel Plans with Facebook Friends
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Crowdsourced GPS Maps
Crowdsourced GPS Maps
'Streetview Updating by Hertz' Places Google Cameras on Rental Cars
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Social Pinboard Maps
Social Pinboard Maps
Pinterest's Place Pins Help to Curate Better Travel Boards
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Hotel Social Networking Sites
Hotel Social Networking Sites
IMGuest Connects Businesses and Travelers Together Online
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Real-Time Vacation Guides
Real-Time Vacation Guides
The 'Suggestme' Travel Guide Finds Destinations Hot Now
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Nostalgic Time-Travelling Apps
Nostalgic Time-Travelling Apps
The Timehop App Makes a Social Media Time Capsule of Yourself
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Tweeted Hotel Bookings
Tweeted Hotel Bookings
Twitter Users Can Book Their Stays at Loews Hotels with a Tweet
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Social Media Loyalty Programs
Social Media Loyalty Programs
The Starwood Hotels Foursquare Partnerships Help You Earn Points
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Crowdsourced Travel Maps
Crowdsourced Travel Maps
KLM's Must See Map Lets You & Friends Create Maps by Selecting Must-Sees
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Illegal Animated Internet Maps
Illegal Animated Internet Maps
Internet Census 2012 Infected 420,000 Computers to Gauge Web Usage
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Social Media-Obsessed Hotels
Social Media-Obsessed Hotels
Sol Wave House in Spain is the First Twitter Hotel
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Social Road Trip Apps
Social Road Trip Apps
The 'SmileDrive' App Integrates Social Media with Road Trips
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Social Metropolis Graphs
Social Metropolis Graphs
The Phototrails Project Maps Out the Instagram Signatures of Cities
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Interactive Graffiti Tracking Tools
Interactive Graffiti Tracking Tools
Paris Street Art is a Website That Locates Murals on a Map
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Artfully Crowdsourced Maps
Artfully Crowdsourced Maps
'They Draw & Travel' Showcases Cool Travel Insights from Nomad Artists
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Facebook Tourism Tactics
Facebook Tourism Tactics
Obermutten Campaign Posts Fan Profiles on Village Wall
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Crowdsourced Virtual Tourism
Crowdsourced Virtual Tourism
Remote Control Tourist Allows You to Visit Melbourne from Your Couch
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Aerial Tweet Maps
Aerial Tweet Maps
Fast Company Design Aerial Maps Reveal Twitter User Data of NYC and London
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Social Media Airports
Social Media Airports
The Virgin America San Francisco Terminal Checks-In on Foursquare & Facebook
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Photo-Fueled Car Competitions
Photo-Fueled Car Competitions
The Mercedes-Benz' 'Take the Wheel' is a Competition for Instagram
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Selfie-Friendly Hotels
Selfie-Friendly Hotels
Australia's 1888 Hotel is Instagram-Friendly
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Storm-Locating Maps
Storm-Locating Maps
The Hurricane Sandy Crisis Map Helps to Prepare for This Natural Disaster
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