Can you remember the days where you travelled with mom and dad, or with your best friends, and holding your smartphone wasn’t one of the main aspects during your whole itinerary? Do you vividly remember the moments where sharing your dinner in your hotel wasn’t the first act before toasting to one another?
Social media has changed the way we do things and interact with one another. I am a big fan of social media platforms as I share the common idea of connecting with people from all around the world. No doubt, it has brought the world closer together. For my part, I have benefited from those platforms as we have been able to build large communities who share common ideas, common principles, or common passions.
The more I think about the impact of social media on our lives, the more I question my own doing and my position towards social media and travelling. I’d like to share some of my thoughts with you today.
Do you still enjoy the momentum?
I make a confession: I love sharing photos. I love editing photos from my trips. And I take quite a lot of photos. It’s especially an enjoyable moment when you are in the plane or train and head back home, scrolling through your photo album the places you have visited. And sometimes I wonder: How much did you actually see?
How much time did you spend in front of your camera app in order to take a bunch of photos for your Instagram feed? And how much time did you give yourself to enjoy the moment, to wander around where you are right now, to get more curious and to learn something new?
How much did you actually see? Your life is happening outside the camera app.
Of course, as someone who is specialised in this area and is leaving approx. 20,000 weekly impressions on Instagram (as of September 2018), I could easily say that this is the new normal for me, or as for someone who is a passionate traveller and photographer. But from my personal point of view, I believe, it’s worth questioning your own motives and actions as this is part of a global phenomenon in the way we want to present ourselves for other people on social media. And it might bring a shift in the way you plan your travels, or even act in other areas of your life.
What are your priorities?
There are probably two kinds of travellers that exist in this world:
- The ones who push as many activities as possible in the shortest period of time possible.
- The ones who set clear priorities and spend as much time as possible to fully explore unknown places for themselves.
One will tell you that he or she had an amazing time by seeing 10 countries in 10 days and probably shared the experiences on social media. Two will tell you that he or she enjoyed the time in particular places in the most vivid form possible.
There is no right or wrong. There is simply a difference in terms of priorities. And maybe you will ask yourself: What are my priorities and why I make those priorities?
Do less. Enjoy the moment. Find your balance.
I believe, after all, we need to find the right balance between how much we want to share with other people and how much we can find ourselves while seeking new horizons. More importantly, we need to make it more conscious that we don’t live for our feeds or stores but for our own adventure and self-growth. Nobody needs to impress other people. And unfortunately, that is what social media has also become: Building up a facade in order to impress people we don’t like with money we don’t own.
Let’s remind ourselves that doesn’t need to be the case at all. Let’s find the pleasure in sharing our stories and moments that will enrich the perspectives of the community.
Take less stories, enjoy the moments you have. Find the right balance.
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