Thanks to Nate Schrader of SunglassWarehouse.com for letting us know about their cool Spring Break contest and teaching us how to use Pinterest!
As February wraps up and March begins, it means only one thing for us travelers: Spring Break! Warm beach sand, gentle breezes, and cool coastal nights are soon to fill the upcoming weeks for many. To put it into perspective, outside of New York City and New England, eight of the top 10 spring break locations for college students were beach cities. So if you don’t have your swim suit & sunglasses packed and ready to go, you better get moving!
Luckily, our Spring Break 2012 Pinterest contest will have you covered if you put off planning those spring break essentials til the last minute. One winner will receive 2 pairs of sunglasses AND a $50 Target gift card to grab anything for their next trip, no matter the location. All you have to do is find 10 things about a ‘Spring Break’ vacation and you will be under that umbrella on your beach towel in no time.
So what’s this “Pinterest” all about? If you haven’t heard of Pinterest, take a look at Pinterest.com and play around for about five minutes. You’ll find it’s a visualized media feed full of quotes, great pictures, style suggestions, and more. Read on for a few tips on how travelers can use it to share things below.
Tip #1: Check out Pinterest’s Goodies page and place the “pin it” button onto your web browser’s tool bar. By doing so, you can pin anything you see while perusing the internet including things on your own travel blog. Use the ‘pin it’ button to pin interesting graphics or pictures you’ve taken to generate more visits to your site.
Tip #2: Okay, so let’s say for #3 in the contest, Dream Destination, you’ve pinned something from your own blog and now you want the picture to link to your site. To ensure it links correctly, pin the picture to a board and click “edit.” Then paste the URL to your desired page into the “link” field. Last, watch the traffic roll in… pending it’s a great picture of course!
Tip #3: If a picture of your travel checklist, beat up travel journal, or Alps sunrise is only on your computer, simply click the “+Add” box in the top right corner.
Tip #4: Is your image kind of boring for Pinterest? Do you want to add a little wear and tear to create a vintage-like, aged feel? Upload your photo to Pixlr.com and play around with it. You can make last weekend’s trip look like it happened last decade!
Tip #5: To find travel-related visuals, inspiring travel quotes, or perhaps a travel checklist, simply type your terms into the search bar. Otherwise, trying the “Popular” header category and “Travel & Places” sub-category under “everything” will provide you with plenty of gorgeous travel inspirations. Just be remember to get off the computer and get traveling!