When I first downloaded Instagram back in 2013 it was a simple photo sharing app. Filters were used, family members shared their meals and creatives had a chance to show off their works. Nobody cared for likes and follows much and the 'suggested users list' was a reward for producing great content. Years have passed and now in 2018 Instagram developed into a highly competitive world where likes and followers count more than creativity and quality, where everybody hunts for popularity and fame.
I've been following Instagram path for the past 5 years facing ups and downs, algorythm changes and commercialising of the platform. As of today I'm in difficult relationship with Instagram which results in my daily posting activity.
But nevertheless I'm not planning on giving up and still work hard to achieve the best results one can achieve when the competitiveness strikes you from all sides. To keep up the work there are some 'helpers' I use. They take care of my account looking professional and clean. I call them 'my tools' - 6 apps which make my life easier and save me precious time.
I don't posses the powers of being graphic designer, stylist and planner, and if you know what I'm talking about this post is for you. You might also want to check these apps if you are looking for ways to bring your Instgarm to a professional looking level.
The more I travel, the more I notice that things which are daily routine to some are still new and unknown to the others. Living in Germany we are blessed with enourmous amont of opportunities of staying 'green' - from food to recycling options. All we need to do is to be aware and to follow. It's all up to us, but the base is there. Undoubtedly it is easier to act when you see results.
I always think of my homeland, Russia, when I talk about responsible way of living, because the impact we leave on the environment is still a new and unsettled topic there.
I know it is hard to talk about the environmental impact when flight alone causes a lot of harm, but being on the road it is our responsiblity to leave as less impact on the environment as possible. To preserve it and to cherish. I know it sounds pompous, but if you think of it that's how it should be if we want to save it for the future generations. And I don't mean that we should follow this path only when traveling - it's best if this turns into a proactive lifestyle, like the one of Mary, for example.
I'm still far away from reaching the goal of being a responsible traveler and citizen, but I want to arrive there and have already implemented some habits into my daily life which I'm happy to share with you. My 5 simple tips on how to travel (and live) responsibly are just a hint on what to start with.