Once Upon A Journey reveal their funniest travel blooper photo
Do picture-perfect travel selfies sometimes make you feel insecure? Don’t be! Even your favorite bloggers don’t feel confident all the time. And their ‘perfect’ photos often take time (not even talking about the editing part). So what if we stopped worrying about what we look like on a photo? What if we were able to laugh at ourselves a bit more?
In this series, travel bloggers share their funniest travel blooper photo. What’s the story behind their photo? Would they dare to post it on their social media? And do they think less photoshopped, and even unedited photos, can become a trend? Let’s find out which blooper Once Upon A Journey shared with us!
1. Hi Roxanne and Maartje! Tell us a little bit more about yourselves?
We’re Roxanne & Maartje, a Dutch girl couple traveling happily ever after! On our blog and social media, we share our experiences as a non-traditional travel couple. For us, it’s important to show the beauty of traveling, but also to stay real. It’s our goal to inspire aspiring LGBTQ+ travelers to get over their fears and take the step! Because the world is not as scary as everyone thinks it is.
2. Can you tell us more about your travel blooper photo?
This photo was taken in Fez, Morocco, in a brand new riad (traditional Moroccan house) in the medina. We were invited to drink a cup of tea at the rooftop, owned by a good friend of the host of the riad we were staying at. We absolutely love connecting with locals, making for unique experiences!
Also, we were eager to take a fun photo with traditional Moroccan tea. When we saw the beautiful view, we decided to quickly set up our camera and take a photo. We instructed our riad host to hold the shutter release button and make a burst. I (Maartje) went straight for the shot I wanted: pouring tea from high above. I clearly did not pay attention to the way it is done in Moroccan. You are supposed to start from a lower point and work your way up. Otherwise, you’ll spill all the tea! So guess what happened? I spilled super hot tea all over Roxanne.
Yes! We actually did, because we love to stay real and we try to not to take ourselves too seriously. Our photos are always colorful and happy; our goal is to make people smile. I (Maartje) actually really like this photo, because it tells a funny story and, hopefully, makes you smile.
4. Do you ever feel any pressure to only post “perfect” photos online?
Totally. Roxanne, at first, did not agree with posting this picture. She likes the ‘good version’ better because her face looks better in it. But we told each other earlier this year: we’re about sharing happiness. We are not into only sharing perfection. Happiness isn’t about being happy or perfect all the time.
5. Do you think less photoshopped, and even unedited photos, can become a trend?
Maybe…Especially travel photos are expected to have that ‘wow factor’. People want to dream about beautiful places. (Photoshopped) photos are the inspiration. We do notice less saturated photos are becoming a trend, as well as muted tones. Some bigger accounts are sharing an increasing amount of less-edited videos. It does seem to become a trend to be more real and honest (like sharing the non-edited versions too). So maybe, we can dream!
6. What’s your best tip for someone who feels insecure about their online presence?
You are UNIQUE! Stop comparing yourself to others (or worse: copying others) and go on your own pace. It is always a great idea to stay on top of the game. And to adapt to developments or make changes to your work. But please stay true to yourself!
We once saw the perfect tweet: “Beyoncé rehearsed for 8 months for a 2-hour performance. Think about that next time you want something in your business to work right away.” No one gets success overnight (unless you buy it, please don’t do that). And ‘perfect’ Instagram travelers or couples are not as perfect as they seem.
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