OPINION: Can you ever fully relax while on holidays?
IF YOU'RE reading this, I'm on holidays.
I'm not telling you to make you feel jealous, I'm telling you because otherwise no-one would know.
This week, while tucked away in a delightful AirBnB in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, I decided to take a break from posting every irksome picture of my holiday to social media.
The cliché photo of my feet near a pool or on the beach? Nope.
Constant check-ins and photo updates of the amazing meals I'm treating myself to every day? No thank you.
The urge to prioritise my face over the beautiful scenery in every terrible selfie? Absolutely not.
Holidays used to be judged by the quality of the memories we brought home in our mental carry-on luggage.
These days, the success of travel seems to be defined by the number of likes our travel snaps receive on Facebook and Instagram.
There is a temptation - especially as a journalist - to constantly report, chronicle and record my life.
But it's important to step back from that urge.
Admittedly, sometimes I need to remind myself that posting is not obligatory.
If you're taking a break from the rest of your life, why not take a step back from the online world, too?
Of course, everyone should post the odd tourist photo.
At the very least to let those who know and love you that you're still alive and having a wonderful time.
But instead of telling your cyber friends and family how hyperbolically amazing your holiday was, show us the uncurated version, show us real life.