Travel Find Tuesday: Are We Losing the Moment by Capturing the Moment?

5 Jun

I can’t help but wonder that when I look at this video of a couple during their vacation to Spain and Morocco. It’s a beautiful video, don’t get me wrong but…

By always being behind the lens are we forgetting what’s in front of us?

I struggle with this constantly because I work in social media in the travel industry. It’s also really difficult to turn off the gadgets in downtime. I think that’s why it’s so important to unplug and actually have a vacation. Actually, I’m seeing this trend with a few travel bloggers right now and I wonder if it will continue. I don’t think we’ll (“we” as in “travel bloggers” or people in social media as one subset; there’s also the “workaholic” subset as well) ever be able to completely “turn off” but at least living may lead to a better story and less a montage of photos.

So I vow this: one day during my trip in downtime to Portland and San Francisco, I am not going to be on the computer  at all (Twitter, Facebook, blog,the shebang). I’ll even turn off my phone. Gasp!  I can’t promise I won’t take photos. That might be hard. But except for my digital camera for one day, I will not be on any computer  Deal?



3 Responses to “Travel Find Tuesday: Are We Losing the Moment by Capturing the Moment?”

  1. Ayngelina June 6, 2012 at 1:00 am #

    There is definitely a danger of always being connected. It’s why I decided to not work on weekends when traveling so I would always have a break.

    • nearafar June 7, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

      Good for you. It’s about setting boundaries. Ironically, it’s those boundaries that give you some freedom. 🙂

  2. joolsstone October 10, 2012 at 7:28 am #

    Agree. There’s a lot to be said for switching off, but I will always allow myslef photos, as I see that as a form of (lazy) note taking really. I tried to do some stuff during my recent Interrail trip and it just didn’t work, I swiftly ended up resenting social media and the presumed pressure it brings. How anyone travels perpeutally (and relatively quickly) and works while doing so I have no idea!

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