You took how many photos??

You know how it is these days in this era of instant gratification and cell phones.  You go on vacation and you just take photos of everything you see.  Literally – everything.  Because you know you can review them and delete – my goodness you can even photoshop them to make yourself (or the view) look better.  So you click, click, click …. and then what?  You have hundreds of photos clogging up your memory or (even worse) your icloud which constantly sends messages to you that you need to upgrade (i.e. pay more for more room).

Ugh ….

It’s like a discipline – you have to come home and edit the photos – cut them down to the ones you want to keep and the ones you didn’t like or – let’s face it – the ones where you have forgotten where it on earth it was taken.

Now I know there are some organised people out there who sit in their hotel room every night and go through the day’s photos editing, deleting and even putting in captions.  Not me!  I don’t want to waste a precious moment spending more time staring into my phone.  I just wait about 2 years and then look at the photos and think ….

“Where the hell was this?”

“What happened to that hat?”

“I have to bin that shirt”

“Not sure if I liked that haircut”

“Does this photo make my butt look big?”

It’s so different to how it used to be.  You remember the old days when you bought a film, put it into your camera and took photos which were developed when you got home.  You were more careful in those days because you paid for each developed photo so you didn’t want to waste money.  When you finally got the photos back what excitement going through them.  Well … excitement and sometimes disappointment …. because the shot you thought you had captured perfectly was … well … a bit of a flop.

coach tour fail

What kind of tour did you go on Granny?

scared boy on slide

Look how much fun we are having son!

Yup – those were the days – right ladies?

vintage vacation

So just remember – when you see that camera – just keep smiling.

keep smiling




By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.

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