The following is a post I wrote towards the end of my travels. Even in writing, I wasn’t sure if it was something I wanted to share in fear of some taking what I said the wrong way. I decided, in looking back, that it still is something I want to share and hopefully, it makes sense…
For most of my time abroad, but more in recent weeks, I’ve struggled a bit with how much to share about my travels. See, I try to stay fairly modest about my life in general and most of the time I feel like I succeed, but being able to travel around to different countries seeing some of the words wonders and gems is something most people are not able to do and something I’m ridiculously grateful for.
Whenever I tell someone I’m traveling, the natural response is “take lots of photos” and “send a postcard” and while I do both (frequently) there is a part of me that feels as though it may sometimes be too much. How do I know when I’ve posted too many photos of cathedrals and stunning roman architecture on Instagram? Should I not mention the fresh baguettes in Paris or pizza in Italy when talking about favorite foods?
I guess it’s all part of growing up and some people will understand while others will find me “too worldly” or feel I’m bragging about my experiences. I read an article about returning from trips and how people will ask and while you could spend hours and hours talking, all anyone wants is a 7 minute summary.
I think, in retrospect, this was part of the reasoning behind doing a blog. Sure I’ve got photos on Facebook and Instagram and I frequently chat with people back home, but the explanations and details of things I’ve seen and experiences are mentioned here on the blog or written on the back of my postcard collection. I set it up so that if you (the reader) were interested then be my guest and I’m happy to tell you everything, but if someone would rather just see a few photos then so be it.
At the same time, I see this architecture, meet people from around the world and eat foods unique to cities that people who live in these places find normal and everyday. So is it really that I’m “bragging” or am I simply just sharing information from other culture?