Social media can be a dark place. Between the hilarious tweets and the adorable animals, there’s a perception that other people are out there living their best lives 24/7, while I’m sat scrolling through an app on my own in my PJs on a Friday night.

It’s true that no-one can be out having fun all the time, and I think we all know that. We all know how staged an Instagram photo can be. It doesn’t make it any easier to stop comparing yourself, though. This is something that I’ve been getting bogged down in lately. My followers haven’t been going up like they used to. My vlogs aren’t getting as many views as quickly.

Does any of that matter? No. Do I blog and vlog and social network for anything other than fun? No. So why do I get hung up on it?

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There is something special in everyday, but that doesn’t always mean that everyday is extraordinary. Sometimes, when we get caught up in social media and the fun that other people are having, we forget that everyone leads normal lives beneath the Instagram photos.

I know that I’m very guilty of only posting about the highlights of my week and talk mostly about the best bits. So I thought that I’d give you a boring-bits-and-all account of a very average day.

It’s my #nofilter day.

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We all know that social media is just a massive highlight reel of our lives, and it never shows the true picture of what is going on in a person’s life. This is never more true than with travel. The time someone spent ‘finding themselves’ hiking through the jungle and bonding with natives will never be all sunshine and daisies, no matter what they make out to be true on Facebook. While it really was the time of their life, they also probably had to deal with some rubbish along the way.
Of course travelling can be the most exciting part of life, and you should definitely share your stories wherever you can to encourage people to get out there and have an adventure of their own. Though I don’t think the reality travel should be too sugarcoated. Why not mention both the good, the bad and the ugly?
So, to celebrate the imperfection of life, here’s my look at what travel looks like on social media compared to what it looks like in real life.

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