A lot of the time photo-snapping and traveling go hand-in-hand. The only thing better than a vacation is going back through your vacation photos and reliving the moment. I’m obsessed with documentation, mostly because I have a horrible memory and I need pictures to remind me of my experiences, but also because when you travel, your senses are the most heightened and inspire the creative soul trapped inside of you.
When you travel you’re not immune to the mundane of the every day processes and paths of life. You take the same walk everyday, passing the same tree everyday, seeing the same dog everyday. But when you travel, you could pass by a tree and be like OMG LOOK AT THAT LEAF, but really it’s just a leaf, but it’s a leaf in Vienna and the sun is hitting it so perfectly and look at that negative space the leaves creates, yaaass omg like, let me just snap an artsy photo real quick.
I’m all about that shit. Snap photos, snap as many photos as you can without ruining your experience. There is a fine balance between documentation and being in the moment. You don’t want to experience all of your vacation through the lens of a camera nor do you want to alter your experience to fit the picture you want to take. But you do want to document it. I once was on vacation with someone who wanted to find a mossy log to take a picture on instead of happening to encounter a mossy log on the hike and snapping a picture. Get the difference? Another example: when I was in Havana, the tourists brought their selfie sticks in hoards and instead of driving drop top with the wind in their hair in a convertible vintage car, taking in the scenes, and maybe having their phone video recording while they themselves are seeing with their real eyes what’s going on around them, they were completely experiencing the whole thing through their selfie stick just for Snapchat. They saw nothing of their surroundings AND looked basic as fuck to boot. Avoid this.
I personally, am not the Insta-hater who secretly hates that you’re traveling and refuses to like any of your photos. I want to see where you are, what it’s like, give me detailed captions, I want to feel like I’m on vacation too. BUT there are also some BASIC FUCKING PHOTOS that every basic bitch I know takes and I am hereby prohibiting them from ever appearing on my timeline ever again, cause I will report your ass. Yes, I’m reporting your photo as inappropriate. Then I’m unfollowing, deleting, we aren’t friends.
The following list is actually not just photos; it spans all social media etiquette when traveling.
- The Passport and Ticket Pic
Congratulations. You have a passport. Congratulations. You have a ticket. Congratulations you’re doing what 8 million people a day do. Do you want a fuckin’ cookie? (Also, those nails? Get your life.)
This is THE MOST basic post of Instagram. Like 100% you should kill yourself if you ever post a picture like this going forward. Who gives a shit about your ticket? Just take pics when you get there and geo-tag yourself like a normal fucking person. Dammit.
As if this post couldn’t get anymore basic, it can. When you take a photo of your passport, you’re implying you’re going somewhere international where it is required for you to have a passport. But what about that basic bitch that takes a photo of his/her passport and when you zoom in on his/her ticket it says Florida. BYE BITCH! You mean you’re staying within the United States and not even getting your passport stamped?!
- The Airplane Window Pic
Look, I know clouds can be cool. I know an aerial picture from above can be cool. But this isn’t even a good picture and it’s played out. Stop with this photo. We get it. You’re in a plane. Here’s an invisible applause for you, now don’t ever take this photo again.
If you take this picture AND caption it with #jetlife #jetsetter…
We know you are actually on a regular ass commercial flight. Cmon now. You ain’t foolin’ nobody.
- Bragging about First Class
Ever “checked” into first class lounge? Ever write a Facebook status about how you got upgraded to first class? OR WORSE ever complained on Facebook about your first class status? Like “OH GOD, Delta’s First Class is NOTHING compared to United.”
Well OH GOD, SHUT THE FUCK UP. People who regularly fly First Class don’t make it an event like your broke ass just did.
All in all, it’s great if you’re able to do that, but you’re not documenting, you’re advertising. Bragging isn’t a good look. There’s this thing called humility, try it some time.
- Going Live
Are you really about to go live? Like can you not? You know it sends notifications to everyone on your Facebook and no one cares enough to go live with you. Let us watch your videos on our own time, in peace, thanks. Especially when you go live about literally the same thing over and over. I’m not even sure why they made that feature. Maybe use it if you’re in a hostage situation, otherwise think about doing it, and then don’t do it.
- The drinks pic with a beach backdrop/artsy cappucino pic
No lie, I actually like these pics. I don’t really think they’re basic. A lot of people mistake common with basic. But can you please fill your acrylics before doing so? And this applies to all photos. If you are a female or a person wanting to be female, do not, I repeat, do not take pictures of your drink or anything with your hands in them if your nails are jank af!
Get a manicure pedicure, BEFORE ever taking a photo for the love of God. You are ruining that picture with your chipped nails and you have no friends cause they should have told you otherwise.
- Number of Posts Per Day
This personally doesn’t bother me, but I know it bothers a lot of people and it differs between social media. When I’m on vacation, I like to immediately upload my pics at night once I connect to wifi for fear of dropping my phone in water, losing it, etc.etc. so if I’m posting a lot, it’s not to annoy anyone, it’s just to safeguard my pics. And it’s my social media, so I don’t really give a shit if you’re annoyed. Unfollow me. I don’t post to serve you. BUT I know other people do it specifically for other people and not for themselves, so here are my general guidelines if you actually want likes and not unfollows.
On Instagram, I personally think 6 pics/day max is good as long as you space them out over time (2 in the morning, 2 in the afternoon, 2 at night), others would tell you 1. I say, post as many times as you fuckin’ want as long as the pics are different. I don’t want to see the same event 10 different times.
On Snapchat, obviously there’s no limit to Snapchat, but I will say that if you’re on Snapchat too much, then I automatically write your vacation off as a waste of time, no matter how much you try to pretend like you’re having fun. You clearly experienced the entire thing through your cell phone and qualifies you as Master Level Basic. Also, if you’re at a concert, you get a 1 snap max. Post the entire concert and watch me block you so fast.
On Facebook, meh, again, I don’t really care. If you post too much, I’ll just unfollow you and refollow you once you’re back from vacation. I think unloading your pics everyday, once a day, and adding them to an album of pics is good.
- Advertising that you’re about to go somewhere
I’m not really sure why people do this. As soon as they book a ticket they’re like OMG GUYS GUESS WHAT I’M GOING TO HAWAII! Ok? I’m confused what you’re looking for?
It’s different if your status is “Hi Friends, I just booked a ticket to Hawaii and would like any and all suggestions.” Then your status has purpose and isn’t a waste of life sitting on my timeline.
Or even worse, you give us an agenda of your entire year as if we give a shit. Example “Italy in February, El Salvador in April, Hawaii in November!” Well can you go to hell in January so we can skip all of that? Thanks. (Sorry that was mean.) JUST GO THERE AND TAKE THE PICS, WE DON’T NEED A STEP BY STEP INTERACTION WITH YOUR VACATION, B.
This is what you look like:
8. Posing with Black children
No, you didnt.
Understand this post doesn’t make you look cool, it makes you look RACIST. Regardless of YOUR race, or the race of the children in the picture, if you’re posing with children in a way that makes you look like their Lord and Saviour and guardian angel, you are participating in the ” White Saviour Complex” or “Voluntourism.” Google search yourself.
Your medical missions trips or religious mission trips or whatever the fuck you sign up for isn’t doing anybody any favors. It only services yourself. Understand that this post is SELFISH and exploits minors and their skin color to service your own need for likes. You’re a disgusting disturbed person.
Understand that “Voluntourism” in general is actually detrimental to the society they “service.” It puts people out of jobs, it even has injured children, such as children putting their eyes out or an adult doing it for them so they can get more sympathy and money from tourists (among other examples.) A post on how to give back to a community you’re visiting while not being racist to come later.
In conclusion, vacation pics are my favorite pics in life. But there are just some super basic tendencies that give you away as a novice traveler. At the end of the day, it’s your social media, you should do whatever you want like all things in life. But, I’m just sayin’…