Early this morning, a piece entitled “How Instagram is Ruining Travel” was posted to the nationally acclaimed publication Conde Nast Traveller. Reading it did flash me back to numerous experiences I’ve had with fellow travelers; people who were engrossed in their phones, in taking photos and in garnering as many “Likes” or “Favorites” as they could. Essentially, utilizing incredible wonders of Earth as backdrops for social media attention.
And there’s nothing wrong with that.
Has social media changed how we travel, absolutely. It’s had a profound impact on not only the experiences that many people have while exploring the world, but how we document it. Photography serves a purpose. We unearth old photos of us or our loved ones, taken by our parents and stored in a shoebox in the basement until we happen upon them one afternoon, and the nostalgia comes rushing back. We want to relive these moments and the best way to do so is via photography. The memory of viewing the Eiffel Tower or the Pyramids of Giza in person fades, as do the sounds and the smells and the experience. But photography doesn’t.
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Simply put, there is no wrong way to travel. There is no wrong way to experience the sights and sounds of the world. Do what you please and recognize that not everyone will share those thoughts. Ultimately, don’t let it affect you, and never, ever, stop traveling.