2 days ago
Whenever people ask me, “how long did it take for you to start making money with your blog?” i know what they’re really asking — and i quickly shut them down. “no. you can’t do exactly what i did in 2010 and get the same results. the internet is a different place. instagram didn’t even exist when i started.” 🌈 ah, instagram. today many people say that instagram has changed travel for the worse, and i’m inclined to agree — but only for certain places. today, people line up at the same photogenic spots and do the same pose they’ve seen copied across social media for years. everyone else did it, and now they want it. in that time, some famously photogenic destinations got invaded with instagram tourists, especially places like iceland and bali. 🌦 but you know what? it doesn’t have to be that way. go to places that don’t get as many tourists. lake ohrid in #macedonia, pictured above, is one of the most photogenic places i’ve ever been, and while it’s very popular with balkan travelers, it’s not quaking under the strain of tourism like iceland. a lot of americans in particular visit iceland because the flights are cheap. well, literally everything else is egregiously expensive there. macedonia may cost more to get there, and require some layovers, but it is dirt cheap on the ground and you will spend so much less money there than in iceland. ✨ so whether the influence of instagram is for worse, or for better, i encourage you to go further, to get off the beaten path, to plan a trip that doesn’t entail replicating hundreds of photos you’ve already seen. 🌞 some other fantastic, offbeat, photogenic destinations? western australia. finnish lakeland in the summer. sri lanka. 🌍 what destinations would you add to the list?