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TRAVEL ISN’T ALWAYS PRETTY. And we DON’T want to be the kind of Instagrammers who “wash” over the world just to show beautiful pictures.
The more we use this amazing app, the more we think about our PURPOSE as travel Instagrammers. And we’re realizing that sharing ONLY beautiful travel pictures isn’t enough. It’s not REAL. And it’s not WHO WE ARE. WE CARE ABOUT THE WORLD. And we care deeply about what goes on in it. And as much beauty that there is in the world, there’s an equal amount of pain.
We want to use our voice, and our little place in this app, to share everything that we can with you, baring our hearts, and the reality of our travels. After all, that’s why we travel…we travel for the surprises. We travel to open our eyes to the world. We travel to learn.
Let’s take Xinjiang, China, for example. In the 4 or 5 times we’ve visited China, we’ve come to LOVE its vastness, both geographically and culturally.
But in Xinjiang, in the clash of culture between the persecuted Uyghur Muslim minority and the dominant Han Chinese culture, we can’t deny a powerful sense of occupation. The Han Chinese police force more closely resembles a weaponized militia. We faced identity checks every few blocks. To even enter the Xinjiang region of China from Mongolia we were held at the border for HOURS. Every square inch of our belongings checked & rechecked. Every picture on our phone, every single file on our computer, back up drives and cameras checked. TWICE. (WE HAVE LIKE 10,000+ PICTURES STORED, BTW).
It’d be irresponsible for us to only share the stunning pictures we took from Xinjiang without sharing the REALITY of life that we witnessed of the Uyghur minorities who live there.
And even though so many travel Instagrammers are guilty of turning away from things they see that are uncomfortable or painful or ugly and only showing the most beautiful highlights, that’s not what travel is ABOUT! YES, we want to share beauty with you, and of course, we still will. But we ALSO want to use our voice to promote a more RESPONSIBLE, CONSCIOUS form of travel, in which knowledge is just as powerful as beauty! What do ya say?! Are you with us?!?!! LET US KNOW!!!