Yesterday I visited a stunning river spot in Humboldt (where I’m currently living). I posted some pics on my Instagram story, because I wanted to share the beauty with my followers. However, when I woke up this morning, my DM requests were FLOODED with people asking the exact location of this beautiful place. I honestly cant say that I didn’t know that was coming, but I definitely was surprised by the sheer volume of requests.
Right off the bat, I know this might sound a bit harsh, but I will never be geo-tagging, or sending out exact locations, and let me explain why.
Living on the small island of Maui for almost 10 years, I watched SO much change. So many places that I had come to love, were destroyed, not only by tourism, but by influencers with millions of followers just tagging the location ONCE. Not only with their literal footprints, and tagging locations, but also by leaving sunscreen bottles, cigarrette butts, beer cans etc… That alone is almost worse than heartbreak. Eventually, many land owners actually shutting off all access to certain waterfalls, or pools, just because visitors didn’t respect their surroundings when they enjoyed those settings.
By no means am I blaming social media infulencers for the destruction of all of our favorite special places, don’t get me wrong, but I absolutely do think that they play a huge part in the grand scheme of things. This is why I to make a point NEVER tag the exact location of the beautiful places I visit, I only tag the general area, or county. I have (and always will) explore and discover these havens via word of mouth, which is how I believe it should be done. And when it comes to sharing the location with others on instagram, or anywhere else, I just can’t be another person to jump on that bandwagon. No- it is not me being selfish… it’s out of love and appreciation for these incredible sanctuaries. The joy of exploration, is searching to find beauty without following a tag to an exact location. Or- like I mentioned before, word of mouth is the best way to find these stunning places… Ask a friend (that’s how I’ve found every one of my fav spots), or ask a local, because just for future reference, I won’t be sharing the location of any of the oases on social media for the sake of preservation. I invite you all to do the same❤️