The Good – And Bad – Side Of Instagram While Traveling

For someone like me, who loves to take pictures and fancies myself as a sort-of ok photographer (in the realm of amateur photography), Instragram instantly became both the answer to my prayers. Having the ability to take photos, and share them, instantaneously, warms my photo-taking heart. Add in the fact that I can filter my photos til I get the look I desire and it becomes, in my eyes, a masterpiece. When deciding what pictures to add to my blog, or to Facebook, I worry about overwhelming people with too many photos – I am sure not everyone wants to see picture after picture of buildings, statues, beaches and, more importantly, my kids. But I love that Instagram takes that hesitation away, that whoever chooses to follow me expects to see nothing but photos! (psst, follow us on Instragram – passportsandpushchairs!)

It seems perfect, and the answer to every traveling families wishes, a quick way to share photos, an automatic backup of pictures that you take while on vacation, and an easy way to revisit your trip with a click of a few buttons and some scrolling back through your pictures, all in one space, but there definite disadvantages to this otherwise easy to use and helpful app.

I have two accounts, a personal account and an account related to this blog, with no way to switch between the two except to log out and log in. When we are traveling this can become an inconvenience, with some photos taken to be shared by one account, some on the other, and some on both.

The pictures taken with my phone, while decent, don’t compare with the photos taken by my fancy camera, but in order to share those I need to email them to myself, download them onto my phone, and then instagram them. Again, doable, but not the most efficient use of time.

At the end of the day Instagram does what it should – it is a vessel to quickly share pictures of a moment, or memory, as it happens. I will take that, flaws and all.

Recent Instagram pictures:

Annapolis, June 2013

Annapolis, June 2013

Vancouver, June 2013

Vancouver, June 2013

Seattle, June 2013

Seattle, June 2013

DC, June 2013

DC, June 2013

Whistler, June 2013

Whistler, June 2013

This post is part of the new Instagram Travel Thursday linky, hosted by Skimbaco LifestyleDestination UnknownChild ModeHines Sight BlogLive.Do.Grow.House of AnaïsLuxury Travel Mom. Click on any of the above links to check them all out!

12 thoughts on “The Good – And Bad – Side Of Instagram While Traveling

  1. Satu VW

    I always wonder about the same – how much is too much? I’ve kind of stuck to 1-2 images per day, but in a way it’s not enough if you are traveling somewhere very inspiring and picturesque. On the other hand when I’m home in Norway, that’s plenty. :) Thanks for sharing you images and participating in the Linky!

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  2. Reeta @houseofanais

    I am with you on this one. I haven’t started a private account yet as I think its so much hassle to keep switching between accounts, but it might be time for that. Lovely instagram snaps – looks like you had a busy June with travelling!

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    1. andrea922 Post author

      Thanks for the comment! June was busy, and now we are at the beach for two weeks, then back to the real world with school starting! Boo!

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  3. Lisa Goodmurphy

    Good points! I have only been on Instagram for a week but so far I’m enjoying the steady stream of photos to look at. I’ve already resigned myself to updating Facebook and Twitter with photos from my iPhone when I’m traveling because it’s just so much easier. When I get home then I use the better photos from my camera in blog posts and on Facebook. Instagram seems like another fun way to share photos on the run. I love your pic with the Olympic rings in Whistler – I have to get out there to see those!

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    1. andrea922 Post author

      Thanks for the comment! Yep, I know I probably share too many, but I am an oversharer, hence the blog :)

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  4. Ann

    They really need to make it easier to switch accounts. Family want to see more kids, followers, maybe not so much.

    I love that subway photo!

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    1. andrea922 Post author

      Thank you! I agree, I know I love to post photos of my kids but not everyone wants to see them :)

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