Any day of the week, London locals and tourists have a plethora of markets to choose from ranging from flea markets, antique markets, food markets, farmers markets, or even a mixture of the kinds. With a broad range of items, suited for the shopping lovers to the foodies, one could spend hours at them. But these markets didn’t just pop up out of nowhere, there is a rich history in the London markets. Dating as far back as the Roman times, these markets were used to feed the first settlers. They also served as major hubs of commerce in the 16th, 17th, and 18th century. Now today, they still serve as shopping centers as well as major tourist attractions. From a business point of view, these markets are also vital to the success of small businesses. These markets are filled with small business who make a majority of their income from there.

Every market in London has new and different things to offer, each with its own unique twist. Take the Borough Market– absolutely perfect for all the foodies out there! It is located only a few minutes from the famous London Bridge. There are so many different treats to try while walking around shopping for more items to bring back home for later. In one form or another, this market has existed for around 1000 years. But it is impossible to pinpoint an exact date as to when it began because there was no special ceremony or even celebrating the opening of it. A thousand years ago this market was thriving, being so centrally located was also a very popular stop because back then the London Bridge was the only pathway across the river into London’s capital. Jeri Veingrad studied in London for two years. She said no matter what day of the week, Borough market was always flourishing with people.

Greenwhich Market is another amazing market that began with a copious history. It was originally located on the West Gate of the Old Royal Naval College. Its dark streets and corridors enticed some dangerous acts that were hard to control. Therefore, in an effort to clean up the image of the waterfront and raise the standards of the buildings near the Royal Hospital, the market was moved to its current day position into the cobble stoned streets. Aside from cool antique items, the original market was used to sell meat, fish eggs, poultry, etc.

In fact, in some parts of the market you can still see the old slaughterhouses and stables. Because the Greenwhich Hospital Commissioners spent an ample amount of time and money moving, updating, and building the current market, Parliament passed an act that enabled them full control of the operations of the market. Now it is home to many small business vendors and continues to thrive like it did many years ago.

Jeri is a market lover and an avid traveler. Even in the United States, she is always traveling to any markets she can get herself too. According to her, there is a huge difference in the markets in London and the markets in the United States. London markets are so rich in history and looking from a consumer aspect purely based on shopping, the markets have much better deals. If you want to buy a pair of sterling silver and fresh water pearl earrings, you could get a pair in London markets for about 15 GBP (equal to about 18 US Dollars). In the United States an item like that would cost about 25 – 30 US Dollars. Even in shopping malls and stores in the states, items made of fake silver and fake pearls would still likely try to charge a person at least  20 US Dollars. Jeri bought a vintage tea kettle from the very late 1800’s for only 1
0 GBP.

On top of the fact that London is famous for its famous London Bridge, Tower Bridge,
The Beatles, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, black cabs, red phone booths, and its rich history in England- its markets play a key role in all the tourism brought to the city. Their markets are world renowned. It is also very well-known for its fashion, every year hosting London Fashion Week. But when you can’t afford designer like Burberry, Hermes, and Chanel, where do you go? The answer is London because in these markets and small shops you can buy quality items at affordable prices and stay in style. And- its just fun to impulse buy too!

It is not common for London Markets to emerge out of nowhere. There are rules as to what, where, when, and how markets can open. Many of the small markets that have tried to open have failed. People love the old markets. They are established, they have history, and most of all- they are fantastic. That makes it hard for new ones to compete. Currently, Time Out has had success with the opening of a market in Lisbon, Portugal. Now they are working on opening a market in London on the East End perfect for the food and art lovers out there. It is expected to arrive in the second half of 2017.

So, if you ever find yourself in the breathtakingly beautiful London Town- you should definitely make your way to the markets! Recently, I took a 3 day trip to London and I just had to fit everything in that I wanted to do (aka make sure I hit the best markets!!). And I sure did. My top recommendations: Covent Garden, one of the most recent markets to emerge- had awesome shops in the Jubilee Market sector, a super cute dining area, and great larger retail stores in the surrounding area. Camden Town was so much more than I expected. Every corner had awesome stores, and just when I thought the shopping would end, I’d find a another hidden market in the side of the street. There was of course the giant, main market with plenty of stores to suit everyones needs and absolutely delicious food stands. Not to mention, they might have had some
of the best fresh orange juice I have ever had! Notting Hill was also an absolutely beautiful area, with beautiful homes and an even better market. Portobello Market was the length of about two long narrow streets with about 100 stands and small shops. Make sure to bring lots of cash because you are sure to buy so many awesome things!


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Valentí Sanjuan

If you’re looking for a symbol of strength, hope, and perseverance, Valentí  San Juan is your man. He began his career as a regular journalist, but when the crisis took place and he was laid off from his job he found himself at a cross road. He could either rise up and defeat the obstacle he was faced with, or let it consume him and effect how he moved forward. In the past several years he has put in a lot of effort and achieved significant success through the online community.

He started his journey with a stand up show and now YouTube show Visto Lo Visto. At first, his show was not an instant success. In fact, there were more performers than there were people in the audience. His intentions were to first attract a younger crowd through his various and some comedic skits. However, it wasn’t the young crowd he had wanted to keep. Valentin wanted to attract an older crowd, which is a difficult task to do. For a performer to try and change their audience completely is a very tedious, risky task. So what he did, was invite his audience to have some free beer. Kind of in an exchange like a “thanks for watching!”  And who doesn’t love free beer? He had to keep in mind that besides himself, his audience was his boss. He had to keep them entertained and interested. Without the audience, there was no success. But the question is, how do you keep an audience interested in you for such a long time? Well for starters, Valentí  explained that people want to relate. Without connection, people, places, and things wouldn’t have an interest or purpose in something no matter what that is. A singer can’t connect to their audience if they don’t have any connection the music. Valentí  understands the importance of being real and allowing his audience to engage with him on a deeper level.

It has taken Valentí  about 15 years to build his career to the point where it’s at today. In order to do that, the most important thing for him to do was stay relevant. That is one of the reasons why Valentí  no longer does his show Visto Lo Visto. To keep his audience interested he had to change up his style so they wouldn’t get bored. Most recently, he takes part in athletic events such as Ironmans and Ultramans. These are extremely competitive. He documents his journeys through them as he does them alone or sometimes with the help of others. His enthusiasm, drive, and courage is what attracts the attention of his audience. And when he brings meaning to it, they support him even more. As he described, when he did a marathon where he ran pushing a girl in a wheel chair, who of course did not have the capability to do it herself- was an indescribable feeling. The marathon, documented on YouTube, only shows a fraction of the joy that girl was feeling inside. That is something his audiences wants to see and that is why the follow him. When he showed us the video in class, I got the chills watching the expressions on her face. It’s for these reasons that people love Valentí  and why he’s become such a huge Influencer today and why brands want to work with him.

People see the genuineness in Valentí  and that’s a vital part to his success. In addition to his fans, that is what makes other brands want to work with him. He keeps true to his message to make the most out of life and enjoy it. I found him to be such an inspiring person. He claims to want to live life in a way that he wants and I think that’s so admiring. People often forget to live for themselves and I think he’s a great reminder to do that because he’s living proof that you can do the things you enjoy most in life and make a living and be happy.

Through the Eyes of the People

With the new technology and new media the concept of citizen journalism has become increasingly popular. This form of journalism has many benefits but also some cons to it as well. Citizen journalism is a great way to promote interaction between newspeople and the rest of the community.

Through citizen journalists, the community can see things through the eyes of their own. The news isn’t filtered through people getting paid to tell a story and report. It is being broadcasted from people who feel the pain, happiness, and all the emotions that the community feels. These journalists have the same experiences that everyone else watching the news does. This brings a lot of validity and connection to the news. For example, in Syria, the role of citizen journalism is of the utmost importance. Those suffering and experiencing the Syrian civil war need a voice. In Syria, the presence of mainstream and broadcasted media is not allowed at all. Syria must rely on the reporting of their citizens to inform the rest of the world and document all of the things that are happening. Without the citizen journalists, it would be difficult to bring awareness to the rest of the world. However, Syria does not like citizen journalists and they are the first people they try to take out.

Citizen journalism also covers a lot of aspects that the mainstream media might not get to. One reason is that mainstream media simply might not have a deep understanding of some of the issues or events that are going on. In relation to the Syrian civil war, mainstream media does not understand the depth of the violence. They see what the Syrian government wants and allows them to see, which effects the content of their reports. Citizen journalism is content that is recorded at the discretion of the citizen. There are no controls over what they document and share. Whereas the use of mainstream media  in Syria might only be coverage the the Syrian Government wants to allow.

On the other hand, citizen journalism also has its downsides. Journalists can have a lack of impartiality. They have no professional training so when having to handle situations where they disagree with another person, their approach in it might not be so respectful. Their ethics might vary from journalists who have professionally trained and report for a living. In Syria, the citizen journalists have been seen to act rowdy. They sometimes get violent and verbally aggressive. A professional would most likely never react to a situation in that manner.

Citizen journalist also are more likely to skew information. They want to make sure they get their message out in the way they wanted to. So as it is similar to mainstream media potentially only reporting the things that the Syrian government wants to be known, citizens might only share the things they want people to see. Syrians might only report the downsides of the the civil war or only the violent acts against the citizens. They might not show the good that some of the government might do because they don’t want people to see that there is any good left at all.

The Most Expensive Trip Ever

My first trip in Europe was to Geneva, Switzerland with two of my roommates. Planning ahead, we got a flight and a hotel for a really good deal. We were sooooo happy about that considering Switzerland is an expensive country.

Geneva was freezing! Leaving sunny Barcelona to cold Geneva was a shock. I was not used to 20 degrees Fahrenheit weather. But Geneva was so beautiful and there was so much history behind it. We looked up all the sites that we wanted to see, like the Jet D’Eau, and mapped it out perfectly so that the two days we were there, we would get to see all the sights we wanted to see. It was a lot of walking, but we did it and we were proud!

Switzerland is really famous for its chocolate and its fondue. Definitely a must while we visited. I’m not too much of a fan of chocolate but if I may say, it was the best chocolate I have ever had. Switzerland has so much variety in its chocolate selection and it didn’t matter whether we went to a really fancy chocolate place or a small bakery with chocolates, it never disappointed.

On the other hand, I do like cheese. I’ve never had fondue before so I was really excited to try fondue for the first time in a place where it is famous. We ate at Cafe Du Soleil. My friends were really big fondue fans and when they had it, they said it was the most amazing fondue they have ever had. It was nothing compared to The Melting Pot. For me, I thought it tasted excellent. But, having nothing to compare it to before I couldn’t really judge it on the same scale that they were able to do so.

 

In Geneva, almost everything besides restaurants and bars closed by 5 or 6 pm. That was a little frustrating because it limited our time for sightseeing and going to museums and other places. I guess that was okay because it helped us save money, being that this was the most expensive trip I’ve ever been on in my life!!!

I knew before hand that Switzerland was an expensive country. Their cost of living is higher, but then again so is their salaries. However, I was not prepared for how expensive it was. I was expecting New York City prices, as that is known for being an extremely expensive city and that is where I live. Welp- how about Geneva was triple the price of New York City. One dish at a Thai restaurant cost 50 euros! That was the cheapest dish we came across. I was not prepared for the dent this trip was going to put in my wallet. But hey, it was worth it. The free tap water was a refreshing surprise as that is about the only thing I drink. Not to mention, Switzerland supposedly has the best tap water in the entire world.

Amsterdam I had a Bad Time

About a month a group of ten of my friends and myself included left Barcelona for a weekend in Amsterdam. I was so excited because I heard how much Amsterdam has to offer. I was really excited to see the biking culture and all the crazy experiences Amsterdam is famous for.

Nevertheless, this trip did not go as I had planned. The first night, I went to a concert with my friends which I regret so much. Everyone was telling me that concerts abroad are nothing like the states. Well that’s for sure, the concert was worse. I didn’t really want to go to the concert in the first place, but everyone I was with had wanted to and I was ready for a crazy concert experience abroad. But man that was not the case. It was the most basic and boring concert I’ve ever been to, and it only lasted one hour to top it all off. SO, lesson learned. Go with your gut and don’t do something just because everyone else wants to. There goes 100 euros down the drain and a night in Amsterdam that I could have spent doing cultural things.

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Going in a giant group was also a mistake. It took forever to get everyone up and out ready to go. There were 10 of us in a giant AirBnB and every morning, we didn’t get to leave the house until around noon. There went a good portion of the day wasted. What I didn’t realize was traveling in a huge group is hard. It was even harder when trying to split bills and figuring out who owed what to who. It was basically just a mess. If there is any advice that I can offer- TRAVEL SMALL. Big groups sound fun, but in the end its just more complicated. I learned that the hard way. It was frustrating trying to fit everything we wanted to do in three days when there was a big group of us. 

On our last night we were all exhausted from going out the previous nights and long days filled with adventure. Someone I met at CEA had told me to go see the sex show at Casa Rosso. Now, I know the Red Light District is a huge part of what Amsterdam is famous for. It was so bizarre that the women in the window standing before me was real. I couldn’t even fathom it. When the person I met had told me to see the show, I definitely was expecting crazy- but I was NOT prepared for what was in store. I decided that I did not want to google what the show was about and that me and my friends wanted to just go and see what was in store.

Woah. This was the most uncomfortable, weirdest, and bizarre event I have ever paid to see. 20 feet in front of me were people having sex right on stage. This was not what I was expecting. I’m not really sure what I was expecting to be honest, but I for sure did not think I was paying to see live porn or for volunteers to get up on stage and participate doing funny skits with the people having sex on stage. To say the least, I think I could have done without this event.

Some parts of the trip were cool, like I really enjoyed seeing the biking culture. I actually almost got ran over about 12 times. Those people are FAST.  It was fascinating to see that no matter what time of the night, there were thousands of people riding their back to get around. And the beautiful canal that is in the middle of the City Centre was an amazing site to see and sit along enjoying a meal and some wine with my friends.

All in all though, I think this trip was more of a learning lesson for me. I realized not to just go with the flow and to do things I want. I also realized it is soooooo much better to travel in smaller groups. It just makes the trip all around easier. I’m really sad I didn’t get the experience I wanted and didn’t get to see all of the beautiful things I had wanted to, but  I’m glad to have learned my lesson. After spending so much money on this trip, I now know what not to do in the future.

Such NICE Weather

In the past two months I’ve traveled to quite a few places around Europe. Most recently, I went to France with my friends. We started our trip in Marseille and ended it in Nice. Luckily, we had beautiful weather in both places. Bad weather can really put a damper on a person’s vacation or trip.

When we first arrived in Marseille, it was a slight mess. We got the wrong bus tickets to head into the main center, and the workers kept providing us with the wrong information. We eventually got onto the proper bus and headed to the center towards our AirBnB on what was about a twenty minute bus ride. What I noticed on the bus was there were four languages: French, Spanish, English, and Arabic. I did not realize how diverse Marseille was and how much of an Arabic population there was. It was a cool surprise to see that.

Marseille is primarily famous for it being the third largest city in France and having the largest port, le vieux port. Its also known for its beach but of course it was too cold to sunbathe and swim. We did visit the beach and enjoy some of the vitamin D while it lasted, but we continued with our sightseeing when the sun had gone down. We went to the Basilica Notre-Dame de la Garde, which is one of the many outstanding architectural pieces Marseille is famous for and it was absolutely breathtaking. The view from the top overlooked the entire city and had an amazing view of the water. The wind up there was the craziest thing I’ve ever experienced. I was fighting to walk forward and several times the wind blew my phone right out of my hand. I would post some of the amazing views and architecture I got to see, but I lost my phone so I don’t have any of the images.

When we got to Nice, I immediately fell in love. The place was so beautiful filled with so many different people. It was full of energy and everyone I encountered was extremely kind. I was prepared to meet more stand-off people as that is what I had been warned the French were like- but from my case that was not my experience.

On our second day there, we had the most mazing weather. It was about 70 degrees Fahrenheit and pure sun, almost no clouds in the sky. My friends and I rented a boat and we drove it on the Mediterranean Sea all day. It was the most amazing experience. Looking  back from the water at the town and the mountains made me realize how big and beautiful this world is. It was breathtaking to look at. I do have one picture from my travels that I sent to a friend of mine.

We had beautiful weather the entire time, and the sun was beating down strong. The couple we rented the boat from had advised us that though the water was cold, locals do often swim in it. That was all I needed to hear- I was going in. Sure enough about 2 and a half hours into our boat ride, we anchored and I jumped in the freezing cold water. At first I was so cold I wanted to get right back out, but once I adjusted to the temperature and kept my shoulders under, the water felt great. I swam for about a half hour getting closer to the rocks and the mountains with it getting more beautiful each second. When I looked down, I could see everything below me so clear. That’s something I don’t get to experience on the beaches of New York and New Jersey. Luckily, my friends snapped a shot of me swimming.

Our trip sadly came to an end the following day, but its sure to be one I’ll never forget. I cannot wait to go back to Nice when I can spend more time there with my friends and family and explore all the beaches and the wonderful architecture and foods the city has to offer.

Mobilizing the News

The concept has been around for a while now, but recently the concept of Mobile Journalism has been increasingly familiar and used. Mobile Journalism is a form of media storytelling from the use of a portable electronic device. The device must have Internet connection and be able to collect, edit, and share media. Most commonly used is the smartphone, and this concept has been increasingly popular amongst the millennials. The reporters who utilize this form of journalism are often called “Mojos.” With the advancements of technology and the increase in social media and multiple apps, this form of reporting has come at significant ease which is why it is increasingly popular over the past few years.

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One of the key components to mobile journalism is the fact that it can be broadcasted live. Through live streaming sites like Periscope or Facebook Live, journalists can report the exact moment something is happening. This is also a really important feature because broadcasting through non-traditional media outlets reaches people who wouldn’t usually see that content. For instance, live streaming on Facebook Live has the potential to reach a large portion of the Facebook community. People who wouldn’t normally check a news site or channel could have access to the stream and information.

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There are some differences between mainstream traditional media and this fairly new concept of mobile journalism. Sometimes, there are no tripods or anything to aid in the filming of something. As the saying goes, it is a “one-man show.” It can be difficult for a person to film and keep the camera stable. Therefore reporters must practice holding the camera still, or utilize some techniques to help stabilize their arm.

 

There are also cool attachments that can be added to portable devices that can help enhance the picture or change it in some way. There can be clarity lenses, or night time lenses that could help with filming during the night time. These attachments are extremely useful because although there are many benefits to a “one-man show” and using a portable device, there is no one to sit there with a professional camera and film so it comes out perfect. Attachments are easy to carry, and easy to attach on.

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The difference in using a portable device is that it is not necessarily tailored towards reporting needs. When reporting, it is probable that there will be a lot of background noise or some sort of commotion. Whereas traditional reporting, someone usually has some sort of microphone to speak into and make it easier to understand, portable devices only have a built in microphone. In order to cancel out some of the background noise and be able to speak into the device clearly, reporters might have to use headphones with built in microphones to help filter out the other noises.

Mobile journalism is also great for getting right into the action. The use of a small device and being only one person allows the reporter to set up the device in a variety of different ways to get different shots. He or she can alter the angle of the shot and do so with a lot of ease since they do not have to move an entire camera set up. In addition, it is a lot easier for a journalist to get closer to a scene when all they have is them self and a hand-held device. As a Mojo, fellow Mojo Bjorn Staschen has some helpful tips.

As Far As I Can See

Stories can be told verbally, over a text message, or posted online- but each method is different in the way the story comes across to the receiver. Visualization tools are a key component to telling stories in a digital environment. When reading, it has hard for a person to decipher the context of a message, or to understand completely what the writer is saying. It could be just because readers do not know their tone of voice, or maybe the reader just is not understanding. That is where visualization tools are extremely helpful in conveying stories.

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Images and videos are highly useful when telling stories. If a journalist is trying to explain something that is not so easy to understand, videos and images can help a person see what is trying it to be explained. They allow people to put a face, place, moment or color, to the story being told. Not only are they useful in trying to help people visualize things and understand, but they also bring personality to the story. Images and videos do not necessarily have to be serious. They can be humorous or sad. Images and videos can help people connect with a story and bring about their emotions. For the Syrian war, images and videos play a vital role in portraying easts going on in Syria. They use it to connect with people and appeal to their emotions. Without images and videos, it would be much harder for a person to feel sensitivity towards a topic from just typed words.

Programs like ThingLink allow users to create interactive images and videos. Content can have different links within a picture and different features. These links are interactive and can lead readers to thing such as websites and places to purchase or product information.

Riddle is another program that allows people to create interactive content. This content is slightly different because it is in the form of quizzes, polls, and lists. This keeps readers engaged. It allows them to think about the content they are seeing. Depending on the topic, the interactive content can be tailored towards the reader and be something that they can relate to themselves.

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Timelines are another key visual aid that can be beneficial to people. When describing events, reading things in long paragraphs can be hard to keep things organized. The implementation of a timeline can summarize the main points chronologically and make it easy for the reader to see an order of events.

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Charts and graphs are perfect for representing data. When reading about things that have a lot of hard, statistical data, it might just seem like a bunch of numbers. Charts give people a visual idea so they can compare. For example, if an article were giving information about the comparisons of the ages for the males and females who live in the United States, a chart would make it easier to understand the components, and it would take unnecessary time for the reader to write it out to understand it.

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Maps are good visual aids to add to stories as well. When talking about locations, it is a good idea to show where something is in the world. People generally want to see where they are in relation to the topic at hand. Its also important because if an article were to be talking about different places, reader will probably want to see the distance and location of the two locations being discussed. It would take time for a reader to have to look up something on a map or on their electronic devices, something that writers do not want their readers to have to stop and do.

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There are a lot of different visual representations that can be used to tell a story. The type of story will often depend on the content used. However, it is still important to find some type of aid that will enhance your story. Readers want to see personality. They want to relate. Most of all, they want to thoroughly understand what the author is talking about. Visual aids fill in the void for when verbal communication and body language is not readily available.

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Spreading the Wanderlust Word

Social media is a powerful communicative tool, with different platforms in many different areas. For instance, Snapchat is used for quick photo sharing, twitter- for quick thoughts and updates, Instagram- for permanent photo sharing, and Facebook- for all of those things put together. There are a plethora of social media platforms that can be used for all different reasons.

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These platforms are especially useful for people who have a desire to travel to different places. Snapchat is extremely helpful because in their Discover section, they have several different types of articles. Amongst those articles users are often able to find commentary that pertains to travel and activity in those places like hiking, beaches, shopping, food, and several other things that pertain to those cultures. When sending friends and family snaps or posting things to a “snap story”, people have the ability to use geotags which show the location of the picture or the 10 second video.

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Instagram is another tool that is utilized for photo and short video sharing. As opposed to Snapchat, Instagram is more permanent. Posts are there forever, unless the post or account is deleted. This platform has cool editing feature that can enhance photos, and allows people to post videos up to 60 seconds long. From a traveler’s perspective, Instagram is a great tool because they can tag the location of their content and create captions. It’s very interactive with followers because people can comment on your content and you can reply to them with a like or comment. This helps people who are interested in going places because of Instagram’s easy search tab. Travelers can look up hashtags of places, locations, foods, etc. They can type in specifically what they are looking for and they are bound to find something relative to their search. For instance, if someone is interested in Morocco, they can hashtag Morocco and see the different things that come up.

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Youtube is another great platform that allows people to share much longer video content. On this site, people can create videos that document their entire vacation. Videos can have layers of music and pictures turned into a collage. It could also be a video montage of all the different activities the person did on their travels.

Twitter and Facebook are other useful platforms that are excellent for video and picture sharing, but are also good for information sharing. For travelers, this is beneficial because they can get similar photo experiences like they do from other social media platforms and information in addition to it. For example, a person can follow a touring company’s Facebook or Twitter to see updates about promotions, new excursions, and  any other information the company were to post. It makes it easier for people to see this information because the user doesn’t have to go through search engines or other third parties to find information. These two platforms also have direct messaging which a lot of companies utilize. It is a lot quicker than emailing a company and having to wait for a response, as most companies will have employees responding to direct messages pretty quickly throughout the day.

All of these platforms give travelers a preview of their next destination. This previewed content makes their travel easier, so that they can pick the places that they want to go to and plan it out. Not only do all these social media platforms benefit people looking to travel, but it benefits the expert travelers who want to share their experiences and work with the world. For some, social media can turn into a career where users get paid for the professional content they post. These people are often called “influencers”.

Social media has made communication and sharing significantly easier. In a way, all these platforms are digital journals. They tell stories. Here in Barcelona, I am embarking on my own travel endeavors. I decided to create an Instagram account dedicated to my travels where I will post as often as I want. As a traveler, I find this platform useful for my own entertainment and in a sharing sense. Creating a new Instagram account allowed me to keep it open to the public, and provide a place for my family and friends to see my journeys.

 

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