Published on November 19th, 2012 | by Kelie Kyser3
Holiday Travel and The Social Network- Best Practices
I promise to stay on course and consistent with the theme of this blog. Acting as a correspondent and doing my best to provide resourceful content of benefit to women. That being said, I feel it remiss not to mention some unisex topics of relevance once in a while, so allow me to digress.
Thanksgiving is less than three days away!
Are you headed over the river and through the woods to be with family this holiday season?
Maybe you’re traveling to an exotic destination for a much needed get away before the year end.
It may be tempting to update everyone in your social circle with intimate details of your impending journey – however beware, boast with caution. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are excellent for sharing pictures with family and friends. Conversely, they are also an invitation for trouble if you aren’t careful about what and with whom you divulge the particulars of your excursion to.
Please consider the following tips before allowing others to “Like” your vacation photos and status updates:
Don’t announce your departure. You may unintentionally welcome a burglar into your home if you are an overzealous updater. Wait until you have safely returned home to display the pics from your fabulous trip. Otherwise, you’re basically broadcasting, “I’m not at home right now – I won’t be back until next week – come steal my stuff!”
Be wary of the photos you share. Chances are you will be a little more uninhibited than usual. You’ll likely let your hair down, toss back some cocktails, and engage in some other really silly activity. And while it may seem like innocent fun to you, it could be regarded offensive to some. Check your privacy settings and only reveal the offbeat stuff to a chosen few. Don’t let your wild and crazy vacation pictures ruin future or current employment.
Be conscious of your comments when traveling abroad. You may affront more than a few by making off-the-cuff remarks about unfamiliar customs. I’m guessing you aren’t chummy with all 600 of your “friends” on Facebook. And there’s a chance number 265 was born and raised in the country you just visited. It’s wise to err on the side of caution when describing unfamiliar observations.
Step away from the computer! I mean it! Put down your smartphone, iPad, Kindle, and BlackBerry. Quietly take in the scenery. Enjoy the sights, sounds, and wonder of the beach or the rustling of tree branches in the forest. Don’t let your laptop come between you and a beautiful sunset or historical landmark you may never see again. Relax, breathe, and unplug.
Happy Holidays and Happy Traveling!!