Fake and Real Aspects of the Travel Lifestyle on Social Media: What You See Isn’t the Complete Picture

Julie, Wandermom, in Nantes, France. The travel lifestyle often looks shiny, but it’s not always easy. You don’t see homesickness, long distance relationships, tears on pillows on Instagram–you don’t feel what a heavy heart feels like when you’re across the ocean from someone you love.

There are fake and real aspects of the travel lifestyle on social media.

Don’t let anyone fool you or tell you otherwise.

Social Media Doesn’t Give You the Full Picture

What you see on social media is rarely the full picture of what someone’s life is like. A photo, a wall of images, or even a blog post are just moments in someone’s life.

For example, what do you see in the photo that leads this post? What first came to mind when you saw this photo of the travel lifestyle on social media?

I’m guessing you didn’t imagine the things not pictured in the photo.

Like the dirty laundry: The agony, struggle, heartbreak, sadness, frustration, the buckets of tears, and ups and downs of a difficult month of slow travel.

The Travel Lifestyle on Social Media Often Looks Shiny

The travel lifestyle often looks shiny, but it’s not always easy. You don’t see homesickness, long distance relationships, tears on pillows on Instagram–you don’t feel what a heavy heart feels like when you’re across the ocean from someone you love. – Julie, Wanderschool.com

The travel lifestyle often looks shiny and irresistibly tempting on Instagram (or anywhere on social media, for that matter),

An addictive rush,

New places, new people–

New everything whenever or wherever the mood or opportunity strike,

A chance to be who you are without preconceptions or limitations,

But the truth is,

It doesn’t matter where you go,

Or where you are now,

Or how popping your insta page is,

Everyday is a new day to–

Recreate,

Reinvent,

Redefine,

Reshape,

Recommit to

Who you are,

Who you aren’t,

What you need

What you want–or don’t

Where you ultimately want to go,

Everyday is a new day

To do your laundry–

To clean up,

And to shine brighter than anything that could ever possibly be contained or displayed in square boxes.

To make this life yours.

To do you.

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2 thoughts on “Fake and Real Aspects of the Travel Lifestyle on Social Media: What You See Isn’t the Complete Picture”

  1. Hi Julie
    Love your posts, so much to learn and explore – New to this amazing lifestyle, exciting, scary, invigorating and incredibly grounding. I’ll be following your adventures as part of my education – thanks for being you!

    1. Hi Joe! Welcome to the travel lifestyle! I’m so incredibly excited for you and your family! I can completely relate–this lifestyle is indeed exciting, scary, invigorating, and grounding. But it’s impossible to measure the reward, especially with kids in tow. It never gets old. It’s a life of daily continuing education, never-ending comfort zone pushing, and unimaginable personal growth. I look forward to seeing where you and your family go. Remember, whenever there’s a hard day, you have doubts about your choices, or ‘home’ feels incredibly attractive, just hold on…the best is yet to come. Best wishes, Julie

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