Another beautifully lost dreamer with an incurable case of wanderlust.

Instagram: Behind The Scenes!

So, we all know that social media, more often than not, is a misrepresentation of real life. We are all guilty of showing off the positives; sometimes even making others feel like their lives are not as exciting in comparison, even if we don’t mean to. As humans, we usually want what we don’t have, but instead, we should try to remember that things aren’t always as #perfect as they seem!

I’ve put together a few of my Instagram posts from over the years, that may look awesome, but have a little back story that I didn’t decide to share at the time. Hopefully it gives you a little giggle and a clearer insight into some of the realities of Instagram!

 

Beach Pole on Tallows Beach

I like to Pole Dance at any opportunity, much to my Fiance’s dislike. So this photo was taken on beautiful Tallow’s beach, our local. Sure, it looks cool, but this photo caused a horrific argument, right before I completely slipped off the tree branch, fell on my back and gained the most gnarly tree burn on the back of my knee, that then proceeded to weep for about a month! I think Tom called it Karma.

 

Burj Khalifa

Firstly, I was in a foul mood. All I wanted to do was go to the top of this iconic landmark, but once I found out that it would cost me approx $250, I realised that the odds of that happening were zero to none. (#poor). I then decided that it would be nice to have a nice photo looking longingly up to the building instead, but it was too tall to fit in a standard photo, so we had to use the panoramic setting. That was when I found out that my Instagram Husband was rather useless at this; to which I got even more aggravated. Yes, I am aware I sound like an awful person, and I’m really not… however… I do like a good photo. FINALLY we got there. But it wasn’t a very happy ending outside the Dubai Mall!

 

Onsen Hot Pools

Don’t get me wrong, Queenstown’s Onsen Hot Pools are amazing; they’re deeply relaxing and have the most incredible view. However, they are not ‘The Perfect Hangover Cure’ as I seem to remember captioning this photo. At the time, I thought it was a great idea to sweat out the ridiculously heavy night before, but after this photo was taken, I thought I was going to vomit all over my friends in this beautiful hot pool. In hindsight, I probably should have visited a day when alcohol wasn’t running through my veins!

 

Bondi Beach – from the Window Seat

I’m not the best flyer. I’ve been better lately, but just before this photo was taken I was having a panic attack. Not ideal.

 

White Water Rafting

This is our boat, plummeting down the largest commercially rafter waterfall in the world. At this point in time, I was the coldest I have ever been in my entire life, I had been crying for around half an hour debating whether I wanted to actually go ahead with it as I was absolutely convinced we were going to flip the boat, be dragged under the raging current, smash head first into a rock and die. Thankfully that didn’t happen and I live to tell the tale!

 

Camping in the Outback

I’m not the happiest camper, but I had always wanted to visit the Red Centre, so when I booked this trip and read that you’d be sleeping in a swag, I was pretty happy. After all, a swag is one of those cosy stretcher type beds that they sleep in on ‘I’m a Celebrity’, right? WRONG. It’s basically a sleeping bag that you roll out in the middle of the desert, with no electricity or running water and put directly on the ground. On the ground, where huge spiders, deadly snakes and whatever other terrifying wildlife can crawl in with you while you are sleeping. I have to admit, when I found this out, I did turn into a bit of a diva, demanding to sleep in the car, as I felt like I had been tricked into a sense of false security. But once I got over it and embraced the swag experience, it was incredible. There was no light pollution and the ‘campsite’ was eerily quiet. We slept under the milky way and one night I remember counting 6 shooting stars before I drifted off.

 

Snorkelling with Manta Rays

This has always been a dream of mine. However, the reality didn’t quite live up to expectations. That morning in Nusa Lembongan resembled that of an apocalypse. The sky was the blackest I have ever seen it, lightning was going off all around us and the dark turquoise waters were looking pretty agitated. Our little wooden boat with one side stabilizer didn’t fill me with much confidence, yet we all got in, keen to see the Mantas. When we arrived at the cove with the rest of the boats, we could see other snorkelers gasping for air as the waves submerged their snorkels. I literally got in the choppy ocean for around 2 minutes, saw what I came to see and, along with another girl, asked to be taken back to the nearest beach before I threw up in someone’s lap or we were wiped out completely!

 

Sairee Beach, Koh Tao

I loved Koh Tao; I learned to dive there, rode a moped to a hidden beach and generally had the most epic time. But, it was also the place I got horrific food poisoning and had to puke in a bin, while sat on the toilet. I remember taking this photo shortly after force feeding myself fried rice; the first thing I had eaten in three days. It was a struggle, but at least the view was pretty!

If you’d like to follow my adventures on Instagram, here’s my shameless plug.

 

3 comments

  1. Such great stories behind these pictures!
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  2. It’s funny I don’t set up any of my Instagram shots and while they’re not 100% I still have a reasonable amount of people who like them. I wonder how better I could do if I really spent some time and set it up in a big way. I don’t make any money out of Instagram and I’ve recently got my 7000th follower.

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