As the summer months slide by, many of us can admit to feeling just a smidgen of envy when, as we work on our less-than-glamorous daily activities, we sneak a look at Facebook and Instagram, only to see that suddenly everyone else appears to be on holiday.
Yep, all of them. They’re on sun-kissed beaches, showing off their tans, sipping cooling cocktails and generally having a wonderful time. “Curse them and their hot dog leg photos”, you think.
Thankfully, this is quickly followed by the comforting thought that, before you know it, it will be your turn.
So, you graciously bestow a ‘Like’ against their sunny snaps because, after all, it is a gorgeous picture of a Spanish sunset, and that margarita does look delicious. And so continues the cycle.
Not just showing off
We love showing off our holiday snaps – there were nine million travel photographs posted to Instagram in May 2016 alone. And just because the way we do that has shifted from chunky, coffee table-dwelling albums to a virtual space on the internet, that doesn’t mean our family and friends don’t want to see them and share in our holiday highlights.
“Curse them and their hot dog leg photos”
Recent research has shown that, though jealousy-inducing, travel related posts are appreciated by many – with social media being the number one source of travel inspiration for millennials – people aged between 18 and 34.
Many also say that picture posts from other travellers and holidaymakers are what would be most likely to persuade them to visit a destination that was new to them as a fresh holiday adventure.
So, next time you feel compelled to snap and share – no need to feel bad. View it less as bragging, and more as… inspiring a generation.
Make memories, as well as Facebook updates, and live in the moment
As social media has become increasingly ingrained in our day-to-day lives, it’s unsurprising that most people don’t fully switch off while on holiday. 97% of millennials will post to social networking sites while travelling, with 73% posting at least once a day and 85% say they will continue to post about their holiday fun, even after they get home.
For us there is no guilt either way. Whether you want to share your holiday with the world, moment by moment, or reminisce over the best bits afterwards, we love to see you having great holidays. Our only advice is:
Don’t forget to make memories, as well as Facebook status updates, and live in the moment with those who matter most.
See a whole variety of amazing photographs, share travel inspiration and ideas about where to holiday next, and join the conversation with people who love their holidays as much as you do – by joining the 431,000-strong RCI Facebook community and add your voice and ideas to the mix. You can also share in our Wanderlust Wednesdays by adding your photos to the mix of those giving us serious wanderlust on a weekly basis. Alternatively take a look at our Instagram profile.
All Facebook users are welcome to view the RCI page and add comments to the posts there, as well as sharing in some of the happiest, funniest and most memorable holiday moments of the RCI Facebook community.
You don’t have to be an RCI member to inspire – and be inspired!