Friends. Please keep posting your vacations on social media.
“If I see another vacation picture”
I know this (and posting food pics) can be a hotly debated topic, but does it warrant online polls, unfriending and in some extreme cases, closing your Facebook account because you just cannot stand to see one more vacation? That makes me sad. I am here to say I most certainly do NOT fall into this camp. I absolutely LOVE signing on and for a few minutes whisking away to places I have never been before. Seeing friends and family experience their “bucket list” dream trips. Seeing a friend experience a place that I have already visited, but now through her eyes? I cannot get enough.
I’m not talking about the pre-requisite “just your legs or feet, holding an umbrella drink” pictures. Those can be a bit silly but come on, those are funny and you just have to accept that if you see a lump of vacay pics come up in your feed, you’re bound to see that one. I do it, we all do. (see above). I actually do it now EVERY single time I am away and tag my friend Mike just to torment him.
But to “mute” friendships because you don’t like seeing vacations makes me shake my head.
This is our generation.
Now mini rant aside, I get it. We don’t all have endless buckets of money to travel the world. But I for one, and am willing to bet neither do the people who are posting! If they’re anything like us, this is a “once a year” or even “once in a lifetime” chance that by god they want to add to their memories forever. And like it or not, Facebook is the photo album for our generation. That and Shutterfly, cheap Costco albums and 40% off Vistaprint books, sharing vacation memories on social media allows us to share our joy with friends and family from all over the globe.
Let’s put it this way. As I type this I am living vicariously through:
- A girlfriend who is making her way through a South African safari with her husband and parents, a trip that has been planned for one solid year. Today’s pics showed her bending down to bottle feed and kiss a hippo. Being 2 feet away from a cheetah. Standing beside a glorious elephant, it all takes your breath away. Her face alone is pure joy, I am just SO happy for them!
- Another friend who just climbed Machu Picchu to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis.
- I have a friend leaving tonight for Las Vegas with a girlfriend in the hopes to strike it rich, see Celine Dion and maybe find a man.
- I have another friend who is making her way through Italy.
Experience joy without the cost of a vacation!
GUYS I AM LOVING LIFE and going to all these places “with them” without the cost of a vacation! Isn’t that the beauty of social media? No political fighting, no hurtful memes and gifs, just amazing people going to amazing places and sharing with their friends.
Please don’t ever stop posting. Tell us about your travel plans. Shout out your experiences and document the journeys because life is short and the world is just so big, it’s too good to not share!
PS Target shopping trips warrant posting too. That always counts.
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