Whenever I travel (near or far), I want to share it all on social media! I usually opt to share more of the trip on my stories rather than photos on my feed. Part of this is so that I can share more of what we do. It’s also much less work as I’m not so concerned with getting “the perfect shot” (or something good enough anyway) for my feed. I long thought it was a travel writer/blogger problem of being on social media too much, but I’ve since realized we all struggle with that balance of sharing our travels on social media and then doing that thing where we actually enjoy our trip (and make the trip enjoyable for the people we’re with).
Really it’s this second thing that I worry about. I travel primarily with my husband and mom who don’t take thousands of photos and worry about posting them. While I still post quite a bit when I’m traveling, I’ve found a few ways for all of us to enjoy our vacation while still posting on social media.
Three Tips for Posting to Social While Traveling
How Often to post?
First, don’t post as you go through your day. This last trip, I really embraced bulk posting to my stories (actually better for people watching my stories too). Usually I did this after lunch and in the evenings. Then I could lose myself in editing, tagging, and all the things for a set period of time. Nobody was waiting around for me to finish and I wasn’t really missing out on anything because we were back at our hotel/flat. So instead of posting at every stop you make, bulk upload – everyone will enjoy it!
Getting The Perfect Shot
Second, let go of getting “that perfect shot.” When I travel, I take SO MANY photos. Really there’s no chance I can ever post ALL of them or even half of them. When we’re snapping photos, we tend to over-focus on getting the right lighting and angle rather than enjoying whatever it is we’re doing, eating, or seeing. One of my biggest pet peeves on this front comes with food. I refuse to make my companions wait more than a minute or so when food is served before digging in. I understand I won’t get that amazing photo of a full table, but I also understand that means I will still have friends and family at the end of the trip!
When to Post
Third, and maybe this one should be first, I RARELY post on my first day of travel. I might post something quickly to my stories, but I like to settle in a bit before I start telling the world where I am and what I’m doing. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t take photos, but understand that you’ll have plenty more opportunities to take photos and probably with better planning and therefore a better outcome.
The primary purpose of traveling isn’t to share it with everyone else; it’s to enjoy the destination and experience, right? And trust me, even with following these guidelines, I’m never short of photos to post!