Happy new year! 2017 is finally here so cheers to a new beginning wherever you are mentally, physically or spiritually in life. After spending the holidays traveling it feels great to be back in my own space, eating my own food, and getting back into my routine in Spain. As much as I love exploring, there is nothing like waking up in my own bed and staying there all day listening to music and podcasts if I want. It’s the ultimate form of self-care. I promise you, I’m a homebody at heart.
I started thinking about social media and traveling a few months ago and even more during winter break. As I was waiting for a metro, I scrolled through my Instagram and realized that I post more photos when I’m abroad than when I’m back home in the U.S. Why? Well, I just told you I’m a homebody so my life in the U.S. isn’t nearly as interesting. But honestly, I enjoy taking photos, editing them and sharing them with the world. It’s a form of creative expression, I embrace it. However, I do think about how my 200+ photo album of my year in Spain is perceived by others. This is not because I’m going to nor want to stop posting photos anytime soon. I love it and it’s another way to keep my family updated since we can’t chat every day. Yet, between the food, wine and traveling, sometimes I think social media while studying or living abroad can depict a false reality of life.