Why Instagram became my favorite travel buddy (next to my actual travel buddies)

11238731_10153343284242803_4855900680097228446_nI’m fairly new to Instagram. As a matter of fact, I’ve only installed the app on my phone two months ago just to see what the fuss was all about.

In truth, I’m not a big fan of people who post photos of everything they eat on the site. Pictures of feet and pouty selfies and random of photos are not really on the top of my list of favorite things. Facebook has enough of those, thank you very much. There’s nothing wrong with it really, but its just not my cup of tea.

But there is something to be said about being able to snap photographs of things of beauty and being able to share them to your friends in real time. There is something to be said about being able to connect to people with similar interests just by using a hashtag. There is something to be said about becoming part of a unique community of individuals who enjoy and appreciate the same things and its an amazing feeling. Its like a composite of FB and Twitter and its awesome.

Its addictive, but in a good way. Its exciting,and an adventure in itself. Its not the number of likes that each photo gets (that’s just a bonus), but the interaction — the sense of community, the chance to promote the beauty of the Philippines by uploading snapshots of scenes that capture life. Its what got me hooked to Instagram.

I love to travel and I love to share (that’s why I have this blog). If I could just encapsulate the magnitude of my feelings in a box for future analysis, I would. If I could just memorize each sight and gush about it using the exact same words I felt at the time, I would — in a heartbeat, but that’s impossible. But images are different. Seeing is believing and this app makes it possible.

I’m glad I’m over my bias against Instagram. Now I get why everyone is raving over it. I get why its a great travel companion.

I’ve discovered a lot of new friends from around the world with this app. I’ve been able to share my travel adventures with my friends as it happens, and I’ve somewhat improved my photography skills because of this app. Next time, I’ll explore my addiction to panoramic shots. But that’s a story for another time.

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