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Thursday, 1 June 2017

SWITCHING OFF WHILST TRAVELLING - MY THOUGHTS


Often when I’ve gone travelling in the past, I’m met with two reactions when it comes to posting to social media whilst away. Those who read my blog, and family and friends who are interested in what I get up to enjoy my posts, whilst others will sit proclaiming that I clearly cannot be having fun whilst away if I am sat on my phone and snapping. It’s not just me exclusively who I see be ‘bashed’ for posting, often on social-media I will see people ranting about people constantly uploading and being glued to their phones whilst abroad. So what’s my take?



DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN SPORADIC POSTING AND REMAINING ACTIVE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

See I can understand the frustrations of many, why go away if you are just going to sit on your phone? I constantly see people sit on their snapchats all day whilst abroad, and think ‘why don’t you go do something?’ but then simultaneously I get annoyed when people bash me for the odd couple of photos being shared a day. I guess that’s because there is definitely a clear difference between sitting on social media all day, and taking lovely photos you’re proud of whilst abroad and maybe posting one when you wake up and one before you go to sleep. It literally takes a few seconds. Plus back before the days of social media, I would always be constantly snapping even as young as 7 years old, photography (although I’m no expert) has always been a hobby of mine, especially travel photography. Just because social media has been created, it does not mean I cannot enjoy this hobby anymore. One of my friends on twitter said that taking photos is fine if for private use but not if it is posted, honestly I do not see what the difference is? It still takes the same amount of time to take it whether I chose to share it later or not right? 



TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY IS A GENUINE HOBBY OF MANY, AND THE COMMUNITY IS GOING ON STRONG

Speaking more positively about posting whilst travelling, being a travel blogger who of course interacts with other travel bloggers, it’s great to share what you are up to, to help others. Often I gain much advice from my Instagram and twitter feeds to craft my trip to be as best as possible, with many of these people ‘live’ posting whilst they are still on their travels. If a beauty blogger chooses to take photos of their products instead of just simply using them, do they truly like the product? Do fashion bloggers truly like fashion if they take pictures? Of course these people do! Just like how a travel blogger can be having the time of their lives and taking a few pictures and posting one or two of them does not detract from the experience, if a couple of seconds to a few minutes of snapping and posting did impact my life, that would be pretty strange right? I’m currently loving these guys:

TWITTER

@heyimmichaela
@rhymeandribbons
@misskatyenglish
@thefttourist
@wanderwithlaura
@mikaylajtravels

INSTAGRAM

@cruzmarielle
@travel360
@breakingabroad
@travelwithnanob
@ashleydy
@sushivoyage
@earthtokatriona 



HOWEVER, PEOPLE DO NEED TO LIVE IN THE MOMENT

Despite my praises of the travel community online, in some instances, it is clear that many do not live in the moment. There are those people who spend their whole trips glued to their phones, who seek out places that are ‘instagrammable’ for their trip rather than places that actually peak their interests (see the article here 'Instagrammability': Most important factor for millennials on choosing holiday destination) and those who will constantly seek wifi. It is rather sad that in some instances making a trip look good or keeping up to date with the internet is more crucial than enjoying the destination. I just hope over time this trend fades out. Fortunately, this trend I rarely find with travel bloggers who are clued up and know their stuff, its often those who don’t blog about travel frequently or travel less often who fall for ‘lets make a blog/insta friendly trip’ than ‘lets jet off and have some serious fun!’. Although I need to stress that you can have a great time and still get some good snaps, whether someone has said it’s instagrammable or not, if you’re into photography you’ll get good shots I promise ;)


END NOTE

Ultimately at the end of the day, taking a shot and posting it doesn’t take very long at all, and it really shouldn’t impact someone’s trip negatively, nor should it impact you, how someone decides to spend their time is up to them. However, I can understand the frustration when people cannot appreciate the place they have travelled to and focus more on image than actually getting immersed in the experience, living in the moment can be an issue. 

What do you think about this? What is your take?

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11 comments

  1. This is such a great post! It is all so true. I personally think we should stay away from our phones a lot less on vacation, just to enjoy our surroundings!

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  2. We like to have a good balance between living in the moment and recording our memories in photos and video, but I don't see why other people should have an issue with what you do, either way! Do what makes you happy, and if it means taking amazing photos like in this post, then we think you should take as many as possible haha!

    Great post! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I always struggle with this conundrum when I'm on vacation! At least I have a seperate camera that is not my phone- that helps a lot! Makes me think about concerts too - you see people just on their phones the whole time and missing the whole thing! Balance is def, definitely key!

    Mary Lane @NewYorkCliche
    http://newyorkcliche.com

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  4. This is exactly how I feel about being plugged in while traveling. I'm going to take loads of photos anyway, and a quick check at the beginning or end of the day doesn't detract from the experience. I went mostly unplugged for my honeymoon last year and just caught up on posting pics after we got home. Going mostly off social media for the trip let me live in the moment and capture the memories!

    xx
    Emily
    emilyhallock.blogspot.com

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  5. This post was so thought provoking and so relevant! I agree with you when you say that there's nothing wrong with sharing a nice snap or two, but not spending too much time on social media. In my opinion, holidays are meant to be relaxing and to get away from everyday life - not to do the same thing in a slightly different setting haha. Thanks for sharing! xo

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  6. I think it depends on the holiday too - we gone away for a few days to relax in Tunisia and it's been nice to chill out by the pool and catch up with some Blogs were as other holidays I've rarely been on social media
    End of the day up to you isn't it! I love seeing everyone's travel pics as gives me i spirit ion for future trips!!

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  7. This is an interesting and insightful piece. I love pics and scrapbooking, so I often snap pics while travelling. Plus, I do upload the various pic here and there while on vacation. It's fun! But I think that we need to make sure we're living in the moment. As with everything else, there's a balance. I am not sure if you've heard of Secret Cinema but it's a perfect example: they don't allow you to take in phones/cameras so pics won't get out and it won't be spoiled for others to come at a later date. But I found that I liked not worrying about getting a good picture or people being in the way of my picture like I would at other events. So sometimes it is a good thing to just enjoy the moment :)

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  8. I think it specifically depends on how the person takes it. If snapping makes you feel connected with the people you love then there shouldn't be any reason of stop using social media. But, again excessive use might take your interest away.

    Arfa

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  9. Great post, and something I think about a lot both when I see social media updates from people abroad and when I'm abroad myself.
    I personally don't spend too much time on social media when I'm away. In the evening I'll do a few tweets or post a photo when I'm back at my accommodation if I have WiFi but I never use my phone to update throughout the day. I do love seeing updates though, especially video clips throughout the day - hello Instagram Stories feature, you are amazing. But I honestly wouldn't have the time to do that myself

    Tamsyn Elizabeth | Peaches and Bear

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  10. First of all, these photos are amazing by the way! What a view!

    I totally agree with you, there is definitely a difference between posting a couple of times a day whilst you're away and being on social media every time that you find a free Wifi point. I think that as long as you get a balance and do everything on your must-see list for the destination, it's absolutely fine to be online whilst you're away. Besides, as travel bloggers, it's important we keep people updated of what we're up to! :)

    Kat xx
    katlast.com

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  11. I am one of those people who do get caught up in pictures, but I love it because ive always got something to look back on, as well as taking everything in there and then. Whether you take pictures for instagram, for personal keeps or dont take pictures at all, its your choice and you ultimately can spend your holiday doing whatever you like! Very interesting post!

    Sarah | sazsinclair.blogspot.co.uk xx

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