We gaze into the horizon after travelling thousands of miles, and we think to ourselves “so this is what it looks like when the sun rises half-way around the world”. Travel anywhere and you’re often greeted by breathtaking, stunning, awesome — my limited vocabulary has been exhausted — views. And this moment is only complete with… a shot for the ‘gram.
At this point, we can hear the bemoaning of traditionalists “social media ruined everything!” as they’re most likely to say. Some of us will be deeply affected by this rhetoric — some may even say damaged. But we’re here to tell you, it’s alright and quite frankly, you should do whatever the hell you want! Sunrise, sunset, selfie, every meal, coffee, feet in the sand, if it’s taken while travelling — and especially during a surprise trip, it’s definitely insta-worthy and here’s why.
#1. Reminisce the moment anywhere, anytime
Besides getting a small hit of dopamine (the happy hormone) every time you check social media, apps like Instagram are what photo albums and frames were to our parents and grandparents, without the dust bunnies.
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#2. Be Proud of Your Interests
Our getaways are often dictated by personal interests — yes, even the surprise adventures and seemingly unplanned ones. And if you get a kick from documenting your days spent at beaches surfing and lounging about, why not? You are what you eat, wear, say, and... post on Instagram.
#3. Create Content for a Cause
The title “Influencer” is thrown around a lot these days. It’s pervasiveness is vulgar, and has relegated the word to the cesspool of vocabulary. However, if you truly believe or are passionate about something that could do with a little more awareness, a steady stream of posts never hurt.
If you love food, especially dishes that are deeply rooted in the destination’s culture, go ahead and tag your #foodporn posts away. It could save a culture from being ripped to shreds by the jaws of modernisation. The irony.
#4. Paint a Clearer Picture of Your Destination
A generation reliant on social media. We (millennials) are also a generation that’s cast aside outdated guidebooks and rely on one another for information, especially when it comes to uncharted destinations and roads less travelled.
Believe it or not, our great saviour Google hasn’t flawlessly mapped and compiled information on Earth’s every nook and cranny. Try navigating the ever-changing maze of developing cities and you’ll know what we mean. So think of your posts as your bid to help piece a puzzle together.
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#5. It’s Your Getaway and Your Account
That’s right, it’s your holiday and your social media account. So you uploaded 10 posts in as many hours… did anyone die? That’s what we thought. Capture your experiences and share them if you want, because “haters gonna hate” anyway.
While Anywhr advocates seeking out authentic experiences when travelling, we’re just like everyone else, and sometimes we can’t help but upload one too many posts of a destination. Especially when we make kickass discoveries!
Surprise trip or not, just remember to soak it up and live in the moment because travel isn’t best experienced through a screen.