If you have seen my Instagram (the irony), you will know that I recently spent a week in sunny Tenerife with my boyfriend. I decided to write this post as soon as I got home, as I can honestly say that I genuinely struggled to completely switch my mind away from Instagram and trying to ‘capture’ every photo opportunity, and overall not let Instagram ruin your holiday.
I LOVE Instagram and photography, and the line between fun and work is very fine for me, so I wanted to find a way where I can still capture and post all of my holiday snaps that I love but in a way that isn’t so demanding. Plus, as understanding of my ‘world’ as he is, my boyfriend is not a social media orientated person at all, and I wanted to spend time together without focusing on capturing every moment. After all- sometimes you just have to live in the moment and not let Instagram ruin your holiday. And personally, I think that it is important to have a bit of a detox sometimes, even though I did still post photos of course!
I thought that these images were fitting to the topic as they were taken on a recent trip of mine to Dublin.
So here are 5 tips that I have thought of that compromises both wanting to take photos and posting them, whilst also making sure to not let Instagram ruin your holiday:
- Plan before you shoot and Set specific times.
Its so easy to not know what you are doing, and therefore let Instagram ruin your holiday because you are overthinking and sad about the photos that you have created, and you don’t feel your best because they were not thought out enough. Theres nothing worse than having a photoshoot and coming away feeling deflated because you don’t feel confident in any of the shots. Before I went on holiday I had a rough plan of what I wanted to shoot, for example on the first night we were going for a nice meal so I knew that I wanted to get a photo of my outfit on the balcony. I also used this technique when I went to Dublin last month, and I found that knowing what outfits I wanted to shoot really helped me not take photos of everything, and streamlined my content. Having a rough plan means that you aren’t constantly thinking about photos, and instead you can switch off until them planned times arise.
- Be open with your audience.
As a blogger/small business owner, I know the importance of constantly promoting and being active on socials, so in order to not let the guilt of not uploading on Instagram ruin your holiday I would suggest being open and honest with your audience. On the business page I posted a photo about a week before my holiday informing people that I am out of office, so the shop will be closed and messages will take longer to reply. This makes me feel less guilty as people are informed of the disruption, and therefore won’t be expecting a quick reply, or me to fulfil their order ASAP. Anything that involves de-stressing is what is needed whilst you are away.
- Take now….Stories after
People forget how long the editing and uploading period takes, so in order to not let Instagram ruin your holiday I would definitely recommend uploading stories on an evening only, or when you have a gap in the day. I have been using this technique in my personal life since around March, and it has truly changed the way I see Instagram… after all, it doesn’t have to be instant. Now, whenever I am with my family or my boyfriend I will take any photos that I want to, leave them on my camera roll and then when I have time later on in the day, add captions and post them. I love how it makes me more present with my family and not glued to my phone adding random gifs to things during days out. Plus it also means that my Stories actually turn out better as I’m not uploading them in a rush. Definitely something to bring into not only your holiday, but also just day to day as it is so much better than what I used to do. I’ve definitely noticed a big change!
- Make time for candid photos too
This is something that I have been trying to do a lot more recently. The world of Instagram has meant that I (subconsciously) saw every photo as an Instagram opportunity, rather than an opportunity to take a nice family photo. I am ashamed to admit this but it got to the point where I would rather not take the photo if the lighting or background wasn’t right, and that is when I truly realised that Instagram will ruin your holiday if you are not careful. After all, in 30 years am I going to care about looking back on photos of me posing against a graffiti wall, or a photo of my family with slightly bad lighting? I know exactly which one I would choose. Make more time for candid photos, and even now I prefer to look back on the photos I have never posted. So many cute family selfies and funny inside joke photos that are so much better than a posed Instagram photo.
- Everything else on Instagram can wait for a week
Even if people disagree, Instagram can be demanding. I think everyone will want to post main feed photos and stories (because you have so many cute holiday snaps after all!) but everything else can wait in order to not let Instagram ruin your holiday. When I am on holiday or on a weekend away, I still post grid photos and stories at the end of the day (like I mentioned previously) but nothing else. I don’t do my weekly live stream and I don’t reply to any comments, as it can all just wait until you get home and (trust me) it will certainly still all be there when you get back. I actually find it quite therapeutic to catch up on a lot of notifications when travelling home, to cure boredom and also to slowly get you back into work.
So there were my 5 top tips to not let Instagram ruin your holiday. I hope these were helpful in some way and that you actually enjoy your holidays without letting photos consume your thoughts 24/7 (which it is so easy to do). If you are reading this I presume you are going on holiday soon, so have a fab time and enjoy relaxing and spending time with your loved ones… you will deserve it!