Even if the final destination is beautiful, many social media users will now ask themselves a set of new questions. Is it the trendy and fashionable place that you want to be “seen” travelling? It this a place won’t be embarrassed to share this with your peers and followers online?
My view of Sri Lanka was spoiled by the peachy backsides of tourists obsessed with their social media feeds
Social media-savvy travelers are increasingly drawing their destination inspiration from Instagram—but at what cost?
“Well, a Floating Breakfast is not just something you do for the ‘gram, it’s entire existence was created purely for it. Because, as I was to discover, eating breakfast in the pool sounds like a good idea, but is it in any way practical? Hells no”
Twelve Apostles tour operators concerned about tourists climbing safety barriers to get closer to the “unstable” cliff edges want more Parks Victoria staff to police the attraction.
Images taken from the Great Ocean Road destination’s viewing platforms and boardwalks show tourists flirting with danger by standing far beyond the barriers, and tour operators said they see people jumping the fences every day.
Instagram And Nature
The great outdoors is all over social media. On Instagram, the hashtag #nature has been used more than 20 million times. Attach a geotag to your photo of last weekend’s campsite, and your followers can tramp to the exact same spot.
Some nature lovers worry about the downside to this: Is Instagram funneling hordes of people to places that can’t handle this crush of admirers? Are those filtered, perfectly tinted pics sending a message that people can always go where they want, when they want, and how they want?
Geotagging technology shows us where we are, no matter the destination. But the more we discover (and the more photos we take), the more we ruin.