SLIDE NIGHT BECOMES A SNAP
There’s a lot of talk about how the travel landscape has changed. How our needs and wants and experiences have grown and evolved as more people are packing their passports and heading off to explore the world. But do you know how travel has really changed? No one cares where you’ve been once you’ve arrived home. By the time the wheels have hit the tarmac, your holidays are old news.
After travelling through Europe and Mexico for six months, not one person has asked to see photos from my trip. I don’t say this seeking sympathy – boo hoo, the poor travel writer, I know – it’s just a matter of fact.
Remember slide nights? Weren’t they a hoot. The ceremonial bringing down of the clunky projector from the top shelf of the hall cupboard and the unfurling of the projector screen signalled a journey into the wilds of somewhere exotic – or perhaps Coffs Harbour – was about to unfold.
My own memories of slide nights are almost as faded as the celluloid strips themselves but just as we no longer print and pore over carefully curated travel snaps postholiday, this ritual sharing of experience has been wiped, or should that be left-swiped, from our lives.
Now, Instagram Stories are the new slide night but rather than grainy holiday snaps being served up with popcorn in the dark, they’re beamed into your hand 24-7, in HD, so you can watch the travel adventures of your friends, family and even foes with equal parts FOMO and jealousy.
Since launching in October 2016, Insta Stories have become the hottest new reality show with the added benefit of making you feel like a film star in a Choose Your Own
If you’ve never tested the Stories’ waters, here’s a quick cheat sheet:
Add Stories by tapping the camera icon in the top left-hand corner or the plus symbol on your profile picture.
You can take a snap or film directly within the app, which ensures your videos won’t be stretched or trimmed. Not ready to post? Click on the arrow icon up the top to save for later.
You can upload older photos and video by clicking on the photo reel thumbnail to the left of the camera button.
It doesn’t need to be as stiff as a slide night – play around with it by adding text, filters, GIFs, location tags, hashtags and polls or try Boomerangs and stop-motion.
You don’t have to broadcast to the whole world – choose who you want to hide your Story from by clicking on the settings icon, send it to one particular contact, or set a list of close friends to send to, rather than just adding it to “Your Story”.
Friends not on Instagram? Click on the settings icon to choose “Share your story to Facebook”.
While Stories are designed for sharing the excitement and mood of your journey, my best advice is this: remember to enjoy the moment, before ensuring all your followers do too.