Why You Shouldn’t “Overdo” Picture-Taking On Your Travels

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In this day and age, with our fancy smartphones that come with incredible cameras, it’s hard not to take a picture of everything we come across. This is especially true when we’re traveling and purposely trying to capture as many beautiful sceneries as we possibly can. And then of course there’s social media, where it’s nice to get “credit” for showing the whole world our amazing pictures. However, this can lead to a slippery slope, and here’s why it’s important to keep picture-taking to a minimum.

You Lose The Experience

We know this sounds like a cheesy cliche, but you really do lose some of the experience when you make everything about the picture-taking. It’s so much that you can’t appreciate what you’re looking at. It’s more that when everything becomes about the picture, you’ve conditioned your mind to a point where you come across a beautiful mountain and instead of thinking, “What a beautiful mountain!”, your first thought is, “This is the perfect picture to take and impress my followers!”

Finding a Balance

Believe it or not, there’s a way to balance it out. Just make pictures the last thing on your mind. If you happen to forget to take one, no big deal! The memory of that landscape will still be with you forever. But when you do take one, keep it short and simple. Trust us, you’ll love it all the same years later.