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:
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 😉
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?