There is one thing I like from my social media timeline: people posting their travel photos and stories. I am kind of addicted to look at their pictures and read their stories.
Every photo was taken with their own perspective, that somehow I like to guess how they define the beauty of each place. Every story was written with their unforgettable memories when they explored and “lived” in the places. Great thing I found: most of them are very generous! They generously share their itineraries, tips and tricks on how to travel with low budget but still be able to enjoy the places to the fullest, and cool places + things to do. Lovely!
I have been an Instragram freak since I installed the application on my mobile phone. Not to mention, I have it on my iPad as well. Strolling my Instagram feed has been my daily activity whenever I get bored. Since I got back to Indonesia, I found out a new trend: the hashtag of #exploreIndonesia.
I shud say that this hashtag makes thing easier for a traveller like me. Information of new adventurous places spreads like a flash. Even the hashtag gets more specific for each city such as #exploreBandung, #exploreJakarta, etc. Thank you! This new trend also motivates Indonesians to explore our country. Well, it does. The past trend was people competing to travel abroad, and now the trend is changing. Good news. and that motivates me too.
BUT, at the other side of the story, there are also several travellers whom I never respect.
Firstly, I met some who criticise other people’s way of travelling, such as budget, activities, and how other plan their itineraries. Well, well. Imho, travelling is all about how you enjoy yourself, your companion, the place, and most importantly, the journey. I think as long as others enjoy their trip, then why bother?
Secondly, this is the saddest thing I have been encountered so far about tourism: irresponsible “travellers”. I dunno whether I shud call these people as “traveller” or dorks. I went to several #explore<City> places, yet I found myself grumpily nagged, “WHY SO MANY TRASHES??!!!” Once the place gets hype, more people are coming, and more trashes are left behind. For instance, I went to a mountain in East Bandung, I came on Sunday when mountain hikers went back home. Sadly, all I found were trashes 😦
In a nutshell, there is always another side of a story. What kind of travellers do inspire you? and what kind of travellers whom you never respect?