Mr. P, being ever so thoughtful as normal, brought this CNN article to my attention recently. It’s about travel, social media and technology and how those things affect how much of our travels we share with friends.
It’s a very interesting read and I agree with many of the author’s points. It made me realize that there isn’t a right answer to this issue and it’s up to me to balance.
For example, I will still show pictures from my vacations on Facebook. However, I do not “photo dump” every single picture I took for my friends to see. I very carefully pick the best ones. There’s nothing that makes me not care anymore about looking at someone’s trip as having to thumb through blurry pictures or 10 pictures of the same thing in a Facebook album.
Putting down the camera. The author’s thoughts about putting the camera down are well taken. Again, it’s balance. I try to learn each trip how to better capture my experience with the camera. Still, there are times when I just enjoy myself without worrying so much about photos. That’s especially true when I’m at an overwhelming or famous site – sometimes it’s impossible to capture the enormity of a place. I have surprisingly few pictures of the Egyptian Pyramids for this reason.
What do you think? How do you handle these things when you travel? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the article.
Yup, that’s me trying to figure out my friend’s camera on top of the Great Wall.