Traveling Vicariously Through Snapchat
Although this has been and will be reiterated to the point of overkill on this blog, we at WeTravel are passionate about travel. It’s one of our many loves. But as much as we would love to travel 24/7, we know that not everyone can do so and we realize how stressful and costly traveling can be. So, we’re trying to find the next best thing and we may have found it on Snapchat.
We know, we know. Snapchat and travel? Say what?! That was our first thought too. The mobile app and travel don’t seem to have very much in common. After all, you probably know Snapchat as that app that your friend uses to take selfies as they’re waiting to get on the bus or as that app that you use to trick your friend into thinking that you’re taking a picture when in reality, you’re really taking a video. Although they seem like an unlikely pairing, we at WeTravel have quickly discovered that Snapchat is a great tool to see and learn more about the world.
For example, take their “Live Stories.” We’ve found that this Snapchat feature offers users a different location for each day, which gives people the chance to learn more about a specific place, its history, its attractions, and even the people who live there. “Live Stories” not only offers glimpses of a new locale each day, but it also gives locals the opportunity to showcase their cities and their pride for them. Only people who are currently in those locations can add to the “Live Stories” feature of those cities, which allows individuals to show the best, and possibly lesser-known, sights, sounds, and tastes of each city. These live events also feature many diverse places, including Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Nairobi, and Dubai. And who knows? Maybe some of these locales will inspire you to visit them on your next trip! These live stories allow Snapchat users to virtually explore and experience a ton of different things, from festivals to cities to even award shows, which also offers a great alternative or respite for people who can’t immediately jump on a plane to visit cities across the globe.
Along with this feature, we at WeTravel have also found a number of Snapchat users to add if you’re interested in a travel adventure without leaving the comfort of your own home! Among the many are @migrationology, which focuses on the best local foods, and @adventurouskate, who shares her life and experiences as a well-known traveler and blogger. You can follow these users, as they offer a sneak peek into their lives and adventures around the world. If you want even more travelers to follow check out the Definitive List of Travelers on Snapchat. Along with these users, you can also check out National Geographic on Snapchat’s Discover page to read a wide variety of stories and watch different videos and interviews.
While we can’t always travel the world and the seven seas, we’ve found that Snapchat is a great alternative to traveling (since it’s about as close as we can get to teleportation) and could be the next best thing when it comes to temporarily fulfilling your wanderlust. And if they aren’t already, Snapchat and its features could become virtual forms of group and educational travel, as you join millions of users in exploring the world and in learning more about local sights that could become the basis for the itinerary of your next trip. So while we don’t always have the time or the money to travel, we at WeTravel will just continue to travel vicariously through Snapchat.