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Geo-tagging your travels on social media might do more harm than good — here's why

Geo-tagging your travels on social media might do more harm than good — here's why

The downside

Text: Janice Sim


Our voyages have been part of the 'Gram now; it just doesn't make sense to see the world without putting on display for your fleet of followers to see. But while we're revelling in the glow of top-notch impressions, the destinations that we have disembarked from might stand more to lose than gain.

Overtourism is a growing concern — re the stunning Boracay as well as Thailand's Maya Bay (which previously was the location popularised by The Beach). And with every geo-tag that we have tirelessly imprinted on our picture-perfect content, it drives more eyeballs to the location, and ultimately more traffic.

Geotagging travel Instagram

Those destinations inhabiting nature are at a bigger risk. Essentially, inviting an unwanted influx of tourists with an unhealthy appetite for travel to unspoiled lands. Consequences include pollution and even destruction of the grounds. It's almost like that cool hangout that you and your pals used to frequent, until it became that trending cafe on Facebook. Not only is that novelty lost, but the quality of food might have also changed with its newfound fame.

The next time you think you're doing your followers a favour, think about protecting that idyllic spot instead. 

 

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