What the hell has happened?
Sometimes, I am asking myself this question probably way too often. But here’s the fact: Travelling has become a game of impressions. Not an enjoyable, recharging, last-longing experience for yourself and/or for those you love most. We see probably too often people carrying their dozens of camera gears. To photograph the places everyone wants to visit and to get that perfect shot for their Instagram account. As a result of that, everyone experiences that one spot that is increasingly becoming unenjoyable. And some trips turn out to be a pure stress-related journey rather than an enjoyable one.
Who’s fault is it? Social media? The people? Our culture? The travel industry?
Travelling has become part of this whole of game of impressing people rather than creating memories with the people.
Look: There is nothing wrong in creating wonderful, inspiring photos and content that can be shared with other people. I am not doing something different here. Creating awesome photos, loving photography in general has been a passion that I share since I am 14-years-old. However, I balance my time and my efforts. Travel photography is more than just a no-brainer. It has become an essential skill that travellers need to train, especially when they work as freelancers, content creators and go for sponsored trips for the tons of companies that want to create organic traffic and content.
But for what after all?
If you are not a content creator who wants to build a brand, a freelancer, a professional photographer who needs to hustle for that, then there’s no need to stress yourself literally all the time to get that perfect shot. Travelling is about unlocking the real nature of this world, the people and the culture that too many people yet need to explore more often. To recharge your energy level and your batteries. To deepen relationships with the people you love and with the people you still get to know.
Find the balance. The world is still much more beautiful, colourful and mesmerising without the lens, the apps, the stories and the snaps.