SLIDE NIGHT BE­COMES A SNAP

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - HOW I TRAVEL - CE­LESTE MITCHELL

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.

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