Several people have stated “why do I post so much about my travels” on my personal Facebook page. Probably they are thinking that I am bragging and/or saying look at my life. That is the furthest thing from the truth. There are several reasons why I post frequently:
As a woman and a solo traveler, my safety and security are my first priority. If something should happen, at least the 300 or so Facebook friends will know my last whereabouts. Furthermore, I post a picture of myself, so they will know what I am wearing.
Lastly, do you remember the movie Taken? I always say “Liam Neeson is not my father!” Safety is the key!
2. Meeting other Solo Travelers
You never know who you will meet in your travels. On a recent trip to Paris, a friend saw my post and told me that she had another friend traveling solo. That friend and I made contact and we enjoyed exploring the Paris together on Christmas and Boxing Day. We are now Facebook friends and possible future traveling buddies.
3. You never know who you will motivate
You know the old saying “birds of a feather flocks together”. Maybe my traveling will motivate others to travel and see the world. So far, I have several friends who have been bitten by the traveling bug.
One of the things I try to encourage is to get outside of our comfort zone. I found this quote and it put everything in perspective “Sometimes we have to stop being scared and just go for it. Either it’ll work or it won’t. That’s life.”
Facebook is great for capturing moments and sharing them later. I can look back digitally and say “Wow! I did that”
5. Telling a Story
I love telling a story about my adventurous travels. Pictures are great but a story can add more depth. Also, a story can show your personality. Sometimes those stories do end up on interNATionalcaty Facebook Page and Instagram account.
Lastly and the best part, it is your page and you can pretty much post whatever you want. At the end of the day, make sure you are doing it for YOU!