Several weeks back, I chanced upon a small post in the Huffington. The gist of the post was the juxtapose between reality and social media projected perceptions. In her article she admitted that her posts on instagram suggested a fabulous trip of glorious meals, stunning landscapes and probably the odd thing or two you discover as this young traveller backpacked and trekked from Lima to Patagonia.
Of course the reality is totally different if you care to read her article or follow her on twitter.
Is she right that travel is about how to juggle your personal belongings at the security scan? Is it the experiences of delays, lost items or the exhaustion from walking all day? One man’s meat is a another’s poison we guess.
What is definitely true is that there is little if any dialogues or feeds you will find easily on social media that shares negative travel experiences. And even if it was, it appears more often than not to be toned down in “softer” language. For example in our recent journey to Russia, we did not mention that the group was held back at the immigration checkpoint in Moscow airport. Huh?
No not all of us, just that one lady who spoke little English. Apparently the immigration officers took the lady to an interview room. You can imagine the frantic reactions of our guide. Will we mention any of this in the journalogs? No.
Will we also tell you that we witnessed how a team of pickpockets try to create a commotion with one dropping his mobile phone (a really old one at it) hoping that some good tourist Samaritan will help pick it up and lose a wallet in the process? No.
Will we tell you about the fellow tourist that messes up the ladies’ toilets at each stop? No.
The list will go on, but we are sure you get the picture. Even in this blog post we refrain from telling it all, perhaps out of concern that it will put off folks from even reading us. Or perhaps we have it in our psyche to only share the good news, such as the luxury flight we took (suites) or the great shopping we had…
If you do follow us, what would you like us to write about?