The most pinspiring way to plan your travels

2014-02-19 15:48
So, you’ve decided that 2014 will be the year of THE TRIP.  

Whether it’s a road trip to AfrikaBurn, or leaving on a jet plane to your dream destination, the joy of travel starts long before you actually hit the road.  

Although it can be stressful at times, planning your trip is often half the fun – if you do it right. Near the end of last year social media darling, Pinterest, launched a new feature that helps travellers with the initial steps of trip planning.  

Known as Place Pins, the site helps you map out a trip, pulling in location from FourSquare.

The result? A lovely visual presentation of what your trip might look like – and a great start for setting up a more detailed itinerary.

How it works:  

- Create a board like you normally would, but be sure to say 'YES' to the map option. 

- Once you've done this you can start pinning your ideal itinerary. Take note: if you're quite pedantic about the flow of your journey, pin back to front, starting with the last destination first. 

- You can either pin from elsewhere on the web, or use the super simple and easy 'add place' option that pops up on your map. 

- Once you've pinned all your destinations, you will have a nice, visual representation of your trip. 

- With the latest update of the Pinterest app on Android and iOS, you will also be able to use it while you're on the move!

We’ve been playing around with Pin Places a little bit here at News24 Travel and have set up five boards, detailing a few of our favourite road trips and routes around the country.

Check them out:

An Adventurous Garden Route Honeymoon

If adrenaline-fuelled adventures is what brought you and your spouse together, we bet you’re not the type to lounge around the pool during your romantic break.

Well, the Garden Route has exactly what you’re after, with a wide array of crazy experiences to suit all sorts of pockets – from bungee jumping off the breathtakingly high Bloukrans Bridge to basking in the seclusion of the Robberg Nature Reserve.  

Check out our suggested route on Pinterest

The Whale Coast Route

The perfect weekend break for Capetonians craving some fresh, salty sea air, loads of wine and a healthy dose of adventure.  Winding along Clarence Drive provides a relaxing start to your trip, followed by a visit to Betty’s Bay’s penguins, Kleinmond’s wild horses and Hermanus’ Whale Museum.  

Check out our suggested route on Pinterest

The Cape Country Meander

If the ocean doesn’t really float your boat, why not head into the Overberg countryside?

Check out our Pinterest board to see how you can fit petting an alpaca, shopping at a village market, mountain biking and soaking in mineral baths all into one wonderful weekend.  

Roadtrip Mpumalanga

On your next visit to the Kruger National Park, you may want to take a little bit of a detour to experience more of the province ‘where the sun rises.’

Mpumalanga has some seriously magical scenery, must-visit spots and historical significance – think God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Mac Mac Pools.

This is the route we suggest on our Pinterest board

10 things to do in Jozi 

Joburg isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, now is it? The rush, the madness, the traffic.  

However, if you haven’t made the effort to get to know the City of Gold, it might be long overdue.

Here are our suggestions of 10 must-see places in Johannesburg - it will have you covered whether you like animals, feel the need to indulge in some retail therapy or want to brush up on your cultural knowledge.  

Have you used Place Pins? What was your experience? Tell us more in the comment section below, chat to us on Facebook, tweet us at @news24travel... OR try your hand at pinning your own roadtrip and send it our way to 
Read more on:    travel  |  travel south africa  |  pinterest

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