Why You Won’t Hear About Our Last Vacation

two sisters in the pool during our last vacation

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As a full-time content creator and photographer, it’s my job to capture memories and write about them. As fun as that sounds, it also means that when we go on vacation, I am working at least 95% of the time.

I don’t get to be in the moment, enjoy my family, relax or have fun. I’m too busy worrying about missing the perfect photo or capturing the moment to share with a bunch of strangers on the internet.

I love my job, I really do. And I appreciate every single one of you that are reading this. But just like the people who have their phones in the air during concerts, I realized that I’m missing out on the experience of being in the moment.

When I booked our last vacation, I made a commitment to myself and my family that I would be more present and enjoy the time with them.

I can’t say it was easy. The content creator in me reached for my camera and phone pretty often. But the Mom in me remembered to put the camera away and capture those memories with my eyes. While I can’t show you those memories, they will forever live inside of my heart. They may be the best memories I’ve ever captured.

So, you won’t hear about the hotel we stayed at during our last vacation. You won’t know which hotel it was or what we liked and disliked about it.

You won’t hear about the restaurants we ate at or what we thought about the food.

You won’t hear about the activities that we took part in, the shops we visited, or what we purchased as a souvenir.

You won’t hear about the accommodations during our last vacation or how comfy the beds were or weren’t.

You won’t see images of the hotel or my kids having a blast at the pool. Though I did take photos, they were photos for us to remember, not so much for me to share (I will probably share a few on Instagram if I find that they bring me joy – but I don’t feel obligated to).

While I did have to get some work done our last vacation, since I have deadlines, I spent most of the 4 days and 3 nights with my family in a resort, eating good food, watching my kids have fun, and relaxing (something I haven’t done in so long, I almost forgot what it felt like).

I didn’t plan every single second, as I typically have to do, to make sure we’ve done everything I need to take pictures of. Reservations were the only thing that was set in stone our last vacation.

I didn’t stress out about what I had to do when we got home or the pile of work that may or may not be waiting for me. I barely even looked at my planner.

I had fun. I relaxed. I took in the giggles and the pure happiness in my daughters’ eyes. I allowed myself to stop worrying about content and start enjoying family.

And I’d do it again in a heartbeat. Hopefully next time, in a bathing suit (but that’s a topic for another time).

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For the first time in a long time, I allowed myself to enjoy a vacation and to be present. So you won't be hearing about our last vacation.
For the first time in a long time, I allowed myself to enjoy a vacation and to be present. So you won't be hearing about our last vacation.

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  1. I can totally relate to this! Even when we aren’t doing sponsored content, I do usually do a write-up for every single thing on the blog and it can feel exhausting. It is nice to just take a break!

  2. I admire you for being able to disconnect – I’ve yet to do it on a vacation. I really want to give this a try though!

  3. I have done this over this summer. I purposely went on vacation and didn’t bring a laptop I refuse to not enjoy my vacation to the fullest!

  4. I have this kind of dilemma before. But AS the kids are growing fast, i realized that when it’s family time, it’s gonna be a real family time.. no gadgets or whatsoever!

  5. Sometimes it’s good to just cherish the moments / memories without recording them. It’s much more authentic. Sometimes if we want to post or blog it, it tends to be not natural or forced.

  6. I am absolutely loving this post and can relate in so many ways 😉 It is good for you to take that break and just cut off for it all off a few days 😉

  7. I just recently went on a trip and I didn’t share on social media. It felt great. I took the pictures I needed for our memories and nothing more. Refreshing

  8. I absolutely agree that vacation should be a time to relax and enjoy with the family. I usually switch off when on holiday and recharge to function fully when back to the norm.

  9. Glad you got to enjoy your vacation away from work. I do hope that you are able to do this more in the future!

  10. Vacations are certainly about family time. I rarely bog on vacation, usually like to share my experience with a quick image post for family and friends.

  11. Being present is so important especially on vacation. As a travel blogger, it’s hard to switch off, so I applaud you!

  12. It’s good to have several outings with the family done in private sometimes. There are times you write or post about it and other times not.

  13. I’m glad that you had a wonderful family vacation and were able to prioritize making memories for yourself!

  14. I am glad you took the time to be present. I know that with being an influencer it is hard to draw the line on what to share and when to just enjoy the moments.

  15. I can so relate to this and applaud you for sticking to your guns. I recently did the same thing and it felt better than I could have imagined.

  16. This is very true. Sometimes, you need to just relax and enjoy the time with your family and with yourself. I am glad you got a chance to do that!

  17. I totally understand you and can relate with you on this, to be honest. There are some days where we just do blogs and review whenever we have vacations but sometimes I would love to just enjoy the moment without all that and just focus on the family and do it privately.

  18. It can be hard to enjoy experiences when you have to document things to write about. Restaurant reviews are similar as you need to note flavours, smells, take images that look good all before the food gets cold.

  19. I totally agree with you as I am on the same boat. I have some holidays which I do as reviews for the blog and there are some I just keep it private so that I don’t have to keep documenting our every step and it gives me a break too

  20. I understand you, Just like me i valued more of the moment with my family. I’m glad you’re having a blast with your family. Being at the moment is a real treasure.

  21. I understand you and know what are you talking about. It’s important not only to capture the perfect photo, but to live the moment and leave memories to our kids!

  22. Being present can be at times the most challenging task of them all. Either to simply enjoy life, love, and laugh or to give space to other feelings that may seem not so pleasant live grief or anger, being present is crucial to evolve as human beings. It is not easy but you did great. Thanks for the reminder.

  23. It sounds very healthy! I believe life is all about balance, so, work hard, but, play hard too. Great post about being present and enjoying the moment.

  24. Nice article, it’s better sometimes to just get the most out of the moment, instead of being busy sharing it, love it.

  25. It is so nice to just be in the moment with your loved ones. Documented and publicizing everything is overrated!

  26. I don’t blame you for this. I’m the worst when it comes to putting work trips aside when traveling with the family.

  27. I love how relatable your post is. Being content creators, it’s more natural for us to reach for our phones and cameras, snap away, then share the photos on social media. I do agree with you also that we should balance it out by creating memories with our kids and spending time with them. It can be challenging but we can do it.

  28. This is a challenge for me to put my phone away for the whole weekend when my family and I go up to my parent’s lake house. It’s so hard for me! And I don’t even care about social media. It’s the photo documenting that I need to do. I’ll take a few but will try very hard to just capture most of it in my mind and stay present.

  29. I loved reading this. Every time I’ve gone on vacation I feel like I’m still working as well. I’m always taking photos and such so that I can write about it later. Sometimes you don’t really feel like you’re on vacation because of that.

  30. Oh I get it, sometimes we like to share but don’t want to share too much coz we’re kinda missing our real life too much.

  31. So good to hear that you really did nothing of the stuff you usually do as an online influencer. I really feel the amazing relaxation of the moments you spent on your vacation. Just you and your kiddos and hubby and your things you enjoyed doing together. You got it, GRL!

  32. I adore this! It’s so easy to get perpetually caught up in the influencer mindset and forget that sometimes you just need to live without the idea of a post in the back of your mind.

  33. I can’t tell you how much this spoke to me. I’m saying it right here and right now. I will not document our next vacation for any reason other than for US to remember it. NO WORK!

  34. Good for you on enjoying the trip. It is hard to put our work aside but we have to when on vacation.

  35. I really love this. There is so much work to do in life, and it’s important to allow yourself to decompress. One or two posts worth of content isn’t worth losing out on that family time.

  36. I love this! I keep this in mind when we travel. I love to document stuff, but there are times when I will step back. We go to Disney World next month and I will be taking tons of photos, but not every second!

  37. I agree! Sometimes unplugging and stepping away is the best way to regain focus and concentrate on what really matters! I have been doing this a lot recently. Not everyone needs to know what I am up to. I need me and family time!

  38. Sometimes is nice to plug off and I’m glad you were able to do it. I’m guilty of wanting to report everything and sometimes it feels like I’m missing out

  39. I completely understand and feel this on so many levels. I have had people ask where are all the pics?? and while sometimes I feel a little guilty, I also just explain that I was enjoying the moments with my family and didn’t have time and then reminding myself, thats okay!

  40. Good for you! It sounds like you took some time to enjoy your family and vacation without working. You need that. It’s great to unplug and unwind.

  41. All the feels for this! I completely get you. I try to do this on all my holidays unless they are part of a designated collaboration because otherwise a holiday should be exactly that….a holiday!