Swipe, scroll, screen­shot… the smarter way to book

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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

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