[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”no” equal_height_columns=”no” menu_anchor=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=”” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_position=”center center” background_repeat=”no-repeat” fade=”no” background_parallax=”none” parallax_speed=”0.3″ video_mp4=”” video_webm=”” video_ogv=”” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_loop=”yes” video_mute=”yes” overlay_color=”” video_preview_image=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” padding_top=”” padding_bottom=”” padding_left=”” padding_right=””][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ layout=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” border_position=”all” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding_top=”” padding_right=”” padding_bottom=”” padding_left=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” center_content=”no” last=”no” min_height=”” hover_type=”none” link=””][fusion_text]Have you ever been at work and taken a quick break to check your Instagram feed, only to find that Christina Vidal, your favorite travel influencer, is on another month-long journey throughout Indonesia? Whoever your favorite influencer is, chances are they’re living a much better life than you. While you dread your 9 to 5 job in a small cubicle and in an office full of fluorescent lighting and manufactured air, travel influencers are living the life you dream of.
Here’s a quick look at a day in the life of Christina:
Breakfast is delivered to her above water villa at the Six Senses Laamu, a five-star resort located in the Maldives. The abundance of food is artfully placed on the nested table that’s only a few feet above the ever so clear waters of the Indian Ocean. After breakfast, maybe she’ll take a jump off her deck or go for a quick kayaking trip to a nearby reef. Regardless, she has not a stress in the world. Meanwhile, it’s 4 pm on a Monday, you’re still at work, and you can’t wait to go home to catch last nights’ recorded episode of Game of Thrones.
A few days later, Christina hops on a plane off to Bali, only to post a picture at the exclusive boutique hotel, The Edge Bali. Hanging over a 500-foot cliff in Uluwatu, Christina soaks up the sun and enjoys the view. After enough sunbathing, she might head to the hotel spa and to get one of the spas’ world-fa
mous Sacred Flower Massages. At this point, it’s 1 pm on a Friday, and you can’t wait for the weekend.
The last part of her journey leads her to the Sofitel, another five-star resort, in Mo’orea. There, she’ll participate in morning yoga and continue to live a life that some of us would die for.
The worst part of all; this is only a quick snippet of her travels. She travels year-round to the most luxurious destinations posting on behalf of hotels and restaurants. Oftentimes, her meals and accommodations are free due to her 67,000 followers on Instagram. Sounds easy, right?
“Travel + Leisure” named Christina as one of its top luxury travel influencers due to the great content that she posts
as well as the variety of countries that she has been to. She has been to over 50 countries over the course of the past several years. Some of us only hope to get the chance to travel to one maybe or two of the countries she has been to if we can get time off from work.
Christian is one of the many travel influencers out there that get to experience the best of the best. While she has a much lower following than those influencers with millions of followers, she still gets to stay at the nicest hotels and eat at the best restaurants.
Her rise as an influencer is the result of a growing trend of influencer marketing in the hospitality industry. Influencer marketing in the travel industry is a “goldmine hidden in plain sight”, says Adweek. Thus, the industry is reaping the benefits of influencers as they can impact given users purchasing decision at a lower cost than traditional advertising channels.
This year, the following statistics were published regarding influencer marketing in the travel industry:
- 55% of travellers look at social media to plan trips
- 70% of millennials are influenced by peers when planning travel
- 92% of customers trust user-generated content above all other forms of advertising
These statistics indicate that the industry is growing at a rapid pace, which requires new technology to connect influencers and small businesses in the travel industry. Influence Hunter does just that! They connect influencers and small businesses and have had great results.