Social Media On The Slopes
My annual trip to Andorra took a new turn in April this year, as not only was I joined by more family and friends than usual including my boyfriend, brother and future sister-in-law, but my colleague George and his wife also decided to come along for the festivities. Going on a holiday with a colleague may not be everybody’s cup of tea but the thought never worried me as I had initiated the idea. In fact, it turned out to be quite a blessing, as not only did we all have a fantastic time, but my social media geekiness (even on holiday!) was finally appreciated by someone.
Social media plays a significant part in most of the things I do, whether it’s at work, watching television, going to the gym, or even on the slopes in Andorra – I am never far away from a tweet or a check-in. This holiday was no different.
Thankfully Wi-Fi was available almost everywhere I went, including the ski slopes, which allowed me to tweet, regularly browse Facebook and even do the odd Foursquare check-in from a chair lift. I was truly in my element. It also emphasised the fact that social media plays such an integral role in our everyday lives by helping us connect with friends and family, share exciting moments, gain points for checking-in to a location tens of thousands of miles from your previous check-in (maybe that’s just me), the list goes on.
Although some may see a holiday as being not only a break from home, but also a break from all things digital, I disagree. In my opinion, holidays are a time to make the most of social media. It is when people have the time to engage with friends and family by sharing all the special moments with the people that are not around to share them with you at the time – therefore my Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare were actively used throughout the week and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
After a successful skiing trip in which nobody returned with any serious ailments other than a few questionable goggle-shaped sun burn lines, social media continued to play a part as fellow holiday-makers connected through Facebook and proceeded to share photos and videos…