Facebook offers tools in the mobile app that can help travelers. To begin with, few users know that the social network allows them to find the locations in the immediate vicinity. This makes it easier to find the address and map of a specific restaurant or store, without wasting time. In addition it is possible to use Facebook search intelligently, search in groups and even find interesting events nearby via geolocation.
Take the opportunity to save all the links to your travel tips in private lists. There is no need to download any extra applications or find a computer. Want to know all the tricks to make your vacation more lively? So pack your bags and see how to use this tutorial for Android smartphones.
Discover the Facebook features that can help while traveling on Android – Photo: Aline Batista / dnetc
Facebook on mobile: tips for finding events over the weekend
Find ‘Surrounding Locations’
Step 1. One of the most practical resources to use on Facebook while traveling allows you to find establishments and spaces close by. To access it, open Facebook on Android and tap the menu, indicated by three lines, at the top right of the screen. Then scroll down to the application category until you find the «Places in the Surroundings» item. Remember to keep the phone’s geolocation turned on to work.
Access nearby locations on Facebook for Android – Photo: Reproduction / Barbara Mannara
Step 2. In the tool, the user can search by name of the place or category, using «Current location», to be faster. The app already offers some categories of «Restaurants», «Café», «Nightlife», «Arts» and more. On the same screen, there are quick suggestions around. In the specific results, the places are listed, with indications of distance, address and even more complete data, such as classification and whether your friends have visited the place.
Find the place or category around on Facebook – Photo: Reproduction / Barbara Mannara
Step 3. It is even possible to save the suggestion by touching the blue label. If you touch the blue location pin you will be directed to the map view, which can be more practical to understand the surrounding space. Establishments or spaces are marked in colored dots. To return to the simple listing, tap the blue round button.
Save suggestions and see the map of places around on Facebook for Android – Photo: Photo: Reproduction / Barbara Mannara
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Explore Facebook search
Step 1. Facebook search is smarter than you think. There you can also find tips on itineraries during your travels. To do this, tap the search bar at the top of the application and search for a key term. In this example, we will use «park». Right in the general results of «Everything» will be suggested places that are close and that may be of interest to you on the topic.
Use Facebook search to quickly find locations on Android – Photo: Playback / Barbara Mannara
Step 2. In addition, the search is full of extra tabs, including an exclusive for «Places», which offers a list of suggested spaces according to your search. See the distance, price range, neighborhood and even opening hours. These results are based on geolocation, but also on visits from friends / contacts and possible suggestions that you would like to visit. In the «Pages» it is also possible to see more information about the space. Take the opportunity to find «groups», «photos», «events» and more using the category bar at the top.
See the categories of places, pages and more on the same Facebook search screen – Photo: Reproduction / Barbara Mannara
Groups with specific themes
Step 1. Groups can also help you find tips for places while traveling. Find and participate in some of them to exchange ideas with backpackers or those who have already gone through the script. To do this, tap on the top right menu of the app (indicated by three lines) and select «Groups». In the «Groups» tab you can find all recently visited. At the top, there is a bar to search for the topic.
Access Facebook groups on Android – Photo: Reproduction / Barbara Mannara
Step 2. In the research, we use the example «Fernando de Noronha». Note that there are several groups on the topic. The results show the number of members and the photo. Touching the item will expand it on the screen. To interact with the members, tap on «Join group».
Find specific groups and participate in conversations on Facebook – Photo: Reproduction / Barbara Mannara
Step 3. It is worth mentioning that, in the same groups home screen, the user finds the «Discover» tab, which already offers some quick categories like «Travel and places». There, the most interesting groups for you about travel and local groups are listed. At the top, there is still a sub-category bar to filter the results, such as «nature», «tourism» and more. Join the groups you find most interesting.
Discover new groups by the theme of travel on Facebook on Android – Photo: Reproduction / Barbara Mannara
Save links and posts in the app
Step 1. Find the travel post you want to save and tap the button located at the top right of the post. Then, select «Save link» (image or video depending on the post). Now, to find that content, just tap the Facebook menu (indicated by three lines) and find the «Saved» item.
Save your favorite travel post on Facebook and access privately on Android – Photo: Reproduction / Barbara Mannara
Step 2. All your links, videos, photos and other saved posts will be there, categorized according to the top bar. By tapping the three-point button next to the post you can share, send by message, view the original publication or even archive it.
Access saved posts, share and send them on Facebook for Android – Photo: Reproduction / Barbara Mannara
Find events nearby
Step 1. Do you want to find itineraries and parties to liven up the trip? So, know that you can see the events up close. To do this, tap the Facebook app menu (indicated by three lines) at the top right and select «Events». Scroll down the results screen and find the «Events near …» category that will be completed with your location. Note that there are options for «Today» and «This weekend», depending on the search date.
Access the events on Facebook and find by location – Photo: Reproduction / Barbara Mannara
Step 2. Nearby events with date, location and more information will be listed. At the top, there is a category bar with dates, like today, tomorrow, next week or personalized «choose date». Touch the «filter» button at the top right to select a more specific location. Also select a category to filter the event’s theme, such as music, theater, parties, comedy and more. Finally, confirm with «Apply».
Filter events by location or category on Facebook for Android – Photo: Playback / Barbara Mannara