The world is a really tiny place, and internet makes it even smaller. When you are travelling, it may help you out to find information about your next destination or buy your plane ticket; but nowadays the net has evolved and offers you something even better: social networking - and of course, the most predominant network being Facebook.
How many people have you met on the road? How many friends have you made in the last hostel you stayed at? If you have the travel spirit, then the answer to this question will bring a bunch of names to mind immediately. It’s great to meet so many people, but wouldn’t it be even better to really keep on track with what happens in their lives after each of you moves to the next adventure? At the same time, wouldn’t it be nice to meet other backpackers that you friend may have met on his previous adventures? For me - this is all achieved through Facebook.
I have been travelling in Europe, Asia, Australia, America and social networks have made it easier for me to get to know people in the area. I did not know anyone living in Moscow, but it turned out that someone I met in German had his brother living there and I got accommodation for free. Sometimes I even meet people through these nets and arrange journeys together. This has allowed me to get to know where other travellers had been and recommended me some places I didn’t have in mind!
Maintaining sites such as Facebook is easy in that they allow you to push information about where you are heading, load pictures, and get to know your friends’ contacts, enabling you to see if you may have someone to show you the city and even a place to squat - or party with that night! The downside is that building up these social sites take a fair amount of time and effort. This requires you have access to the Internet and spending some of your precious travelling time sitting inevitably in an Internet Cafe networking. However, in my opinion it’s worth it.