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The Traveling Fool - Issue #36

The Traveling Fool
The Traveling Fool - Issue #36
By Bob Bales • Issue #36 • View online
I keep seeing blog posts with titles such as “Best Instagrammable spots in ______”. Maybe it’s just me but I don’t travel to find the best spots to shot a photo for Instagram. I travel to experience new places, people and cultures. I think too many people get the impression through social media that travel is to hike 4 hours to a secluded waterfall then strike a yoga pose for a photo before hiking 4 hours back. But what about all the isntagram models with thousands of followers and likes you ask? Well most are using Instagram pods to boost their likes, buying followers and likes and gaming the system in order to make it appear they are more important than they really are.
I am not talking about paying to boost a post but flat out deception. I use intstagram as a necessity. Most brands and sponsored want that Instagram photo though I am not sure why. It is a fleeting photo seen for a few seconds if at all and I am not sure how many people buy those products or book that resort because of a photo.
It seems that a lot of people in the blogging world and those that call themselves influencers think travel is all about the perfect Instagram photo and the selfie. I personally don’t like someone’s Instagram feed or blog posts when every photo is them posing, as if to say look how beautiful and special I am. I get to do this and you don’t.
There is a big difference of having a photo of you or your family enjoying an activity or a location and those that are staged and try to look like a shoot for a Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. Between 2011 and 2017 there were 259 deaths due to idiots trying to take selfies and numerous severe injuries. Just a few days ago a woman climbed over a barrier at wildlife zoo in Arizona and was mauled in an attempt to take a selfie with a Jaguar. Needless to say, the Jaguar won and the woman was lucky to not have been killed. I have been to a lot of zoos and seen a lot of wild animals in nature and at no time did I have the desire to get my photo taken with one of them.
I hope that people will look at travel as a way to enjoy yourself, get away for a while, learn about places and people and enjoy it for what it is, not the perfect spot for an Instagram photo.
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