Ahh… the lovely Instagram. My personal relationship with this social network I love AND hate. About 95 million images are shared on Instagram a day, ranging in so many different types of aestethics and themes. I think we can all agree, whether we utilize Instagram for personal or business use, that some aesthetics and trends are just more successful than others. People just eat them up! Nevertheless, I’d like to poke a little fun at some cliché travel Instagram pictures that I’m sure we’ve all been guilty of posting.
First of all, sunsets are DAMN GORGEOUS, and if you deny that I’m pretty sure you are not human. Along with being gorgeous… it’s pretty easy content (but then again, isn’t this whole list “easy content”?). The only downside being when our camera doesn’t fully capture the vivid colors and beauty. Sunsets and sunrises are at the peak level of cliché when it’s simply JUST the sky, or… over the ocean (Spoiler alert: Another cliché instagram picture you’ll hear about in a sec.) Evidence below… my picture.
YES I’M TOTALLY GUILTY OF POSTING A SUNSET PICTURE (okay actually two.. and one of a stormy sky), though I try to have a unique story or caption behind it. (Keyword: try. It might be debatable) And honestly… I highly doubt I’m going to stop posting them because let’s face it… It may be a cliché on Instagram, but it’s a classic cliché.
2. Feet at the Beach
I feel like the “feet at the beach” photo is just the evolution form of the “hotdog” legs photo that had been going around a year or so ago. (Quite surprised to see how many slim tanned women’s legs look so similar to hot dogs..)
Yes, we all love the feeling of the waves splashing against our toes. But WHY must people take a picture of their feet?
Maybe I’m subconsciously jealous of those with beautiful feet (or is that an oxymoron?) because I hate mine, but nonetheless it’s just super weird to see feet. I’ll take the cliche ocean shot over seeing your feet!
3. Ocean or Lake pictures
If anything, I’m more guilty of this one than the sunset/sunrise picture. I live in southeastern Wisconsin, in a town practically on Lake Michigan (one of the Great Lakes). Our beach is just a short 15 minute drive from my house, so I have excellent access to gorgeous lake and beach pictures. Growing up, I’d always taken this lake for granted, even though it’s HUGE. So big you can’t see the other side. As of lately, I’m just trying to appreciate it more…. even though I’m realizing Instagram is becoming a little more saturated with images of lakes, oceans, and beaches.
#FTBWildWednesday #FemaleTravelBloggers I seriously can NOT get enough of how pretty Lake Michigan is.. and I’m sure you all know from the many pictures I post on my social channels of this beaut! I’ve always taken this lake for granted, so lately I’ve been trying to appreciate it more! Settling in between the state of Wisconsin and Michigan, USA, did you know this lake is the SIXTH LARGEST freshwater lake in the entire world? Yes. the entire globe. Holy crap! What’s the coolest thing you’ve learned recently?
But a plain Jane image of the ocean or a lake with a beach… incredibly cliché, even though large bodies of water are just so pretty! See what I mean by love AND hate?
(Travel bloggers.. you know what I mean. How many times can you say “Oh that’s such a pretty shot of the ocean” or “I love the colors of the water!” without wanting to bash your head against the wall?)
P.S. I just counted in my Instagram, and found 6 Lake Michigan pictures, 6 of other Wisconsin lake, 5 ocean shots, aaand the rest are random rivers. I guess living next to a large body of water has me in love. (Okay, I guess I’ll cool it for a month too.)
4. The Staged “Cheers”
Cheers with wine, beer, or a mixed drink is another Instagram cliché. We don’t offer a toast and “cheers” at every single restaurant, winery, or destination we go to. It’s time to fess up, we’ve all posted this picture on Instagram at least once. It’s all beginning to be a bit too much.
5. Ice Cream Photos
Yesssssss, another one I’m so guilty of because ICE CREAM IS MY FAVORITE FOOD OKAY?! I love a good #FoodPorn shot, but even I have to admit that Instagram has become a little crammed with hands holding ice cream. Yes, even the really cool ones, like rolled ice cream (guilty), the ones with the bubble waffle cones (totally jealous), or fun/unique colors and flavors. When did this trend even start?? Ice cream can be beautiful but… let’s all take a chill pill, shall we?
6. Plane Window
There’s something a little magical about seeing a city, the ocean, some mountains from a bird’s eye view. Maybe it’s the excitement of arriving to your new destination, or maybe it’s seeing the sparkling lights. But PLEASE, for the love of God, can we stop posting pictures of clouds out of the plane window? Keep it to your personal snapchat, or at the very least your Instagram Stories. Unless there’s something absolutely spectacular about it (which is up to interpretation, of course)….
No picture provided for this one because…. this is personally my least favorite (or most hated?) travel picture. Not to mention the last time I posted one was on my personal Instagram… that has 1300+ pictures because I’ve had it since I was 17, and no way am I sifting through 6 years of selfies and quotes from high school and college. Talk about painful.
7. Couple Holding Hands
I believe there was one photographer in particular that began this trend. This was his specific “niche” per se. It was an interesting and unique way to view the world from his significant other’s eyes, in a sense. It was really an adorable and cute idea at first (okay, it still kind of is)…. but since then, it’s exploded into a MONSTER in the travel image realm.
But… since I’m #ForeverSingle…. this is the closest I have to one of these pictures. Yes, that IS a donut with purple icing. And yes, I ate it immediately after this mini-photoshoot on the walk back to my car.
Food is life. #FoodIsBae.
Hopefully, you understand this is all in good fun, and in NO way am I saying you cannot post these types of pictures ever again. Let’s be real, it’s not gonna kill me, and the crappy Instagram algorithm probably won’t allow it on my feed anyways. Nevertheless, what travel pictures would YOU add to this list? Are you guilty of any of these like I am?