How Instagram Is Changing The Concept Of Traveling
In today's date, Instagram has become an immensely popular tool for sharing experiences. Whether it's about the delicious dinner you have had at a neighborhood restaurant or the rainbow you spotted behind the Niagara Falls - everything goes up there, to be viewed by the world!
With more than 800 million monthly users, Instagram definitely has brought about a revolution in the way people travel the world. And that's not all - an entire creed of people, calling themselves as 'Instagram Influencers', are putting their heart and soul in tickling our wanderlust bugs and making us long for a vacation that might be too hard to our bank accounts! But what's the big deal in dreaming, isn't it?
Let's take a deeper dive to understand how Instagram - a photo-editing (and sharing) app - has set a trend and redefined the entire concept of traveling.
People are taking traveling more seriously these days!
During the yesteryears, traveling was synonymous with 'vacation' or a holiday where people would just go with the family, relax at a fine resort, eat the best dishes available, and return back home once the holiday duration gets over. Instagram has absolutely turned this upside down! Today, people are more keen on experiencing the authenticity of the local life, while traveling to a new country. It's no longer just a matter of relaxation but a more thoughtful encounter that takes us a step ahead in life. Things are not restricted to clicking photos for the family album and sticking them, but rather, sharing experiences with friends, colleagues, and an even wider social circle.
The urge to travel has increased among people of all ages!
It's an undeniable fact that people of all age groups are keen to travel - it might be a place close to the city where you live or to a faraway country! The concept of budget traveling has spread like a storm and people are now ready for different experiences like homestay accommodation, local transportation, volunteer trips, cultural engagements etc. Everything one does during our trip, has a story in it, which mostly remained within us - till Instagram gave us space to share it with the world. Now, everyone has become a narrator of their journeys, sharing their experiences on the roads with their followers and thus, inspiring others to break free of their routined life (even if that's for a short phase) to see the unseen!
People are traveling to places out of the box!
There was a point in time when Paris meant Eiffel Tower and India meant Taj Mahal - you might be laughing at it, but you can't deny the truth! Thanks to Instagram, people are exploring the nooks and corners of the place they are visiting. Walking down the lanes of Paris, we came across the Place des Vosges - a square itself dates back to the first decade of the 17th century, and it's no less gorgeous! Coming to the east, people have now started to visit the Fatehpur Sikri in the outskirts of Agra, apart from just drooling over the Taj Mahal. Everywhere in the world, there are innumerable things to be explored which were hidden gems even till the last decade, but Instagram is slowly bringing them to light, providing travelers with an array of options.
Travel Influencers have become trend-setters!
Millennials no longer follow the celebs these days, instead, the Instagram Travel Influencers are followed more the ever! From the places they choose to explore, to the attire they don and the meals they eat - everything is posted on social media, which eventually ends up tickling our nerves and make us book the tickets! Not just individuals, but there are organizations as well, who have come up with interesting handles and hashtags like #beautifuldestinations #passionpassport etc., and ensuring the fact that people step out of their comfort zone and embark on an adventurous journey!
People often tend to find joy in replicating things!
Let's be honest - we all want to do something that someone else has already done, and probably, do it better than them! The same goes with traveling, and this has increased manifold - all thanks to Instagram! If you see your neighbor planning a summer trip to Sri Lanka, you'll either think of going their during your winter holidays or maybe, go a step further and book your tickets for Bali. To say the least, humankind derives joy from replicating others and there's a sense of competitiveness that works. The good thing happening amidst all of this is that the economy of these countries get boosted and local communities are often benefitted as a direct effect of tourism.
I’m sure that you’re there on Instagram too, and planning for your upcoming trip, deriving inspiration from someone else’s posts! Why don’t you follow us on Go Discover Abroad on Instagram and get inspired!