Swipe, scroll, screenshot… the smarter way to book
Although I am technically a millennial – the term used to define people born between 1980 and 2000 – in many ways I don’t adhere to the perceived tropes of my generation. I’m tired of exposed brick. Posting selfies and my breakfast on Instagram? No thanks. But when it comes to planning a holiday I am unabashedly millennial.
Take, for example, a recent 24-hour break in Copenhagen with friends. In the weeks leading up to my departure I had starred, saved and screenshotted enough things to do in a trip twice the length of mine – all through my phone.
I was scrolling through Instagram on the bus when I discovered a beautiful café at Copenhagen’s Statens Museum for Kunst (SMK), posted by an online design magazine. Two dinner spots by ex-Noma chefs were noted after watching the Netflix series on the Tube to work – Hija de Sanchez, a taco restaurant, and Bæst, an organic pizzeria that has its own farm.
I also learned that Ganni, my favourite Danish clothing brand, had a pop-up shop through watching its Instagram coverage of Copenhagen Fashion Week.
A friend alerted me to a boutique hotel with a plant-lined courtyard pool that was probably designed for Instagramming – but this was overruled by WhatsApp chat in favour of an Airbnb or a “posh” hostel (the latter won, due to price and location). I sent the money to the friend who booked it, via banking app Monzo, within a few minutes.
Your phone is by no means the only way to find these recommendations but the beauty of this approach is that, once flights and accommodation are booked, you can research things here and there – in a stolen moment while waiting at the dentist or in an airport departure lounge.
We millennials are often lambasted
The best types of account to follow for inspiration are those that celebrate a certain aesthetic (such as @accidentallywesanderson and @stellaspoils); those of photographers (@romainlaprade and @alice_gao); foodies (@eater); design accounts (@thespacesmag); editors (@hanyayanagihara); and our own @telegraphtravel. The bookmark tool makes collating information easy. Always be sure to corroborate anything you find with a secondary source if ever you are unsure.
There are a host of smart apps that offer authentic suggestions off the well-trodden tourist track. Newly launched Trippin, which describes itself as “like Spotify for travel”, has a host of downloadable travel “lists” by insiders, as well as the ability to create your own. Similarly, Lost In gives you access to 27 city guides, from Tokyo to Lisbon (for £7.99 a year). Recommendations come from chefs, artists, fashion and set
Piece of cake: Kafeteria SMK, Copenhagen