Oh to be famous!

These days there are no ends to the limits that social media kings and queens will go to in order to get a few extra followers. Gone are the days when you would travel half way around the world only to post pictures on facebook of your meal or – of course – smiling into the camera holding up a glass of wine/beer/cocktail. Yes I am pleading guilty to that one! But that’s not enough. A couple of travellers recently got into big trouble in Bali for nude stunts. No really, the one guy was so pathetic – he did a haka dance in the nude on a sacred site in Bali. Needless to say the Balinese were far from impressed. The Maori community in New Zealand was also unimpressed, and said so. And to make matters worse he is a Canadian. Where were his manners? He did say sorry – and cried while he apologised so I guess he was sincere.

It has got so bad that Tourism New Zealand put out some videos asking people not to travel under the social influence. Here’s a peek

All those dramatic photos of people standing on rocks, following someone, walking in fields of lavender.

I bet out of all the photos these influencers take, only a few out of thousands actually makes the mark. Must take hours to go through them. I guess it is worthwhile – some people apparently do make money doing this. So much so that some influencers will do anything for more followers and to make people believe they are enjoying the high life. One story I read tells about an influencer who did a whole photo job pretending to be in Bali when she was actually at her local Ikea. I tell you, with photo shop you just don’t know what to believe any more.

No – I think I will stick to the genuine article. Like this picture of me grimacing in the market in Malta while I am trying something on and my patient husband holding the hanger with my hat on his head.

Does this shirt make me look fat? The shopkeeper seems to think so!

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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