Travel is something a natural traveler wants to do, and loves to do, so travel is natural to us.
We want to smile with new people to see if smiles differ from place to place. We want to feel the wind from a different country as it touches our faces. We want to see the different shades of the sky at all hours, in all different places and so much more!
To me, that’s a natural traveler.
The thing I want to raise here, is a bit different from the above idea and my thoughts on what a natural traveler is.
What would you call people who travel purely for instagramable photos?
I’m seeing more and more photos appear of people who will purely travel somewhere to take photos, and these photographs have clearly been staged.
In every photo I see, it is too fake, it is so dang obvious the people involved have just yelled “stop, let me get my hat which has “vacay” embroidered on it and I will stand here on this jetty in the Maldives and try to get 400 likes on Instagram, just the like other person’s photo posted 5 minutes ago”
I mean really? “Vacay” written on a hat? Who even does that or needs that for any traveling purpose or thinks that’s cool and is actually going to be great and stick around in a fashion sense to gain more likes?
Travel, to me, is about loving each moment freely, experiencing all a place has to offer, not worrying about packing a hat that has “vacay” embroidered on it, which I think is totally ridiculous as a natural traveler.
I feel travel is losing its meaning in a way, and that people are looking at travel for a whole lot of new reasons, for example, to take extremely staged photos purely for self ego and gaining likes.
Travel appears on Instagram to be more about, trying to get the best photo, to gain more likes. Not traveling to get the best experience.
It appears by looking at photos, a natural traveler will take clothing and items that are needed for comfort and practicality while traveling, you will see if you search on Instagram, what a “gaining likes” traveler will pack; the vacay hat and fancy dresses to wear on a jetty amongst other unpractical items.
On the photography side of things, I think seeing natural photos of people who are free and genuinely living in that moment, are the most memorable photographs, they bring life ,happiness, pure joy and absolute freedom to the photograph.
Staged, stiff and fake photos I feel, don’t leave any lasting impressions and there is an obvious difference between staged and free photographs, the results of staged photography have quite an appalling effect actually.
It brings me to the close, when you’re 70, looking back on your life, are you going to love the memories and photos you have taken? Are you going to say yes, I traveled and lived freely, lived in the moment, with and without a camera in my hand, are you proudly going to show grandchildren your amazing photos of the paces you have been without the need to be holding a hat that says “vacay”?
Now, if anyone that reads this, is a “gaining likes” traveler, please let me know, I would love to discuss this further with you.
Or if you agree with me please let me know too.