If you’ve spent any time at all on Pinterest, you’ve undoubtedly come across stunning pictures of beautiful scenery with vistas you’d love to visit. The good news is that Pinterest is helping you come closer to turning your travel dreams into a reality.
Pinterest, one of my Top 10 Tech Tools, just became even more useful with Place Pins, a new feature to help you plan your next trip. With Place Pins you can see where on a map a photo was taken, perhaps inspiring your next vacation.
Hey, we can dream, right?
If you’ve often looked at amazing images on Pinterest and wondered where in the world they were taken, you’ll be a big fan of Pinterest Place Pins.
What Are Place Pins
Place Pins are pins and pinboards with maps included. Usually these boards are in the Travel category and include an interactive map showing where the photos were taken.
An example of a board with Place Pins is UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the UK, displaying 32 Place Pins of sites with corresponding markers on a map. Here is the pin for one of my favorite places, Maritime Greenwich:
You may not have to travel far to discover new places. You can also use Place Pins to get ideas of treasures to visit near you, including:
Perhaps your wanderlust involves a theme:
— If you’re a Beatles fan, be sure to check out the Travel for Beatlemaniacs board by Lonely Planet.
— Want to travel like a king? Check out the Conde Nast Traveler’s Board Top 100 Hotels in the World.
— If you want to add to your list of places to see before you die, be sure to check out Bucket List Happy Hour Spots Around The World.
— If your fantasies include a trip around the world, you can live vicariously through Jeremy and Angie’s RTW 2013-2014 board, seeing their pictures and following their travels on the map as they live the dream and circumnavigate the globe.
Making It Happen
Pinterest doesn’t just lure you with Place Pins, it helps you get there. Some Place Pins have useful information such as addresses and phone numbers. Place Pin maps can even give you directions to help you find out how to get to your destination.
Place Pins can be used on your mobile device, transforming your Pinterest app into a travel guide and GPS tool.
Creating Your Own Place Pins
With Place Pins you can share your favorite destinations with others by adding a map to your pins. You can include maps on new pinboards or edit your existing boards to include maps.
How to Edit Your Pinboards to Include Place Pins
To edit your boards, click on your user name in the upper right corner of your Pinterest screen. Click on Your Boards in the drop down menu. Choose the board you want to add maps to and then click on Edit Board and toggle the Add a Map? button on.
After you have edited your board to include maps, a map will appear on the right side of your board with your pins stacked on the left side. You can now edit individual pins on your board to place them on the map. Click on “Map this pin” to enter the location of the photo. You can search by the name of the location to find the spot on the map where the photo was taken.
I edited my Philadelphia pinboard to enable maps, then I added maps to pins on that board.
Do you enjoy discovering new destinations on Pinterest? Have you ever seen a beautiful picture and wondered where it was taken? Have you ever dreamed of visiting a place you saw on Pinterest? Tell us about it in the Comments section below!