Slowing down in Sardinia
Sometimes, I don't want to create content. I don't want to spend my entire holiday taking photographs and wondering how they'll perform on Instagram or worry if I have enough content to pull together a blog post. Ever now and again, I just want to go on a holiday and actually have a holiday.
There's a pressure to share everything on your blog & Instagram; to always have your camera on you and always be 'on it' with social media. I love to create travel content and I'm the first to nosy around on Stories when my favourite Instagrammers are on holiday. I'm definitely guilty of feeling disappointed when I know someone is away but isn't sharing stolen moments of their trip. That's just how it is; you choose to share your life on the internet and people want to see it all.
Part of my journey to a slower, more meaningful pace of life involves slowing down my travels. I've wrote about this in more detail for Sisterhood but also wanted to address it here. Adopting a slower pace to how you travel helps you to connect on a deeper level with your destination and your travel companions, and also allows you to return home feeling rested and inspired. For me, that means no more rushing around trying to see everything in a short period of time. I'd rather slow my travels down and soak in my surroundings.
I've been in Sardinia for the past week, staying in a small town called Palau on the north coast of the island. Previously, I would have wanted to hire a car and drive someplace different each day, seeing as much as possible and ticking off all the Instagram hot-spots where I knew I could take amazing photos. This trip, however, was all about relaxing.
I was travelling with five girlfriends, two of whom have recently moved away to other cities and I don't see as often as I would like. This trip was an opportunity for the six of us to catch up and chill out. I knew that I wouldn't be asking any of the girls to take my photo, hence there are no photographs of me in this post. I didn't realise until we arrived that I would barely pick up my camera at all.
I just didn't feel the urge to take photographs as often as I usually do. Yes, there were a couple of times when I took myself for a solo walk and took a few snaps and I definitely have a full camera roll of hilarious photos that I probably won't even share on Facebook. But I didn't take photos 'for Instagram' like I normally would. It was refreshing to completely forget about social media.
Instead, I simply enjoyed myself. I swam in the sea as often as possible, bathing in crystal clear water and even having a go at paddle boarding. I ate copious amounts of cheese, bread, tomatoes and pesto. I drank white wine spritzers in the afternoon on our balcony. I laid on the roof terrace watching shooting stars and even spotting a luminous green meteor fall through the atmosphere. I walked to areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and dodged sea urchins while jumping off rocks. I wandered around small towns, eating ice cream and browsing night markets. I took a boat tour to islands that looked like the Caribbean and marveled at the brightly coloured fish swimming around my legs. I let myself completely unwind and forgot about what day or what time it was.
Try it; put down your phone next time you're away. I'd really recommend it.