To Make Memories, Leave Your Phone at Home

Photographs used to be reserved for special occasions—weddings, graduations, the arrival of a new family member—but nowadays it seems everything is worthy of being captured, even the smoothie we had for breakfast. Especially the smoothie we had for breakfast.

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It makes sense in a way. Taking photos in the pre-digital era was an expensive exercise. Along with the film and developing costs, you also had to factor in the price of the prints.

Now all you need is a smartphone and an SD card, and you can snap away forever. Longer, even. There’s no need to even print your photos. Why bother, when you can just look at them on your phone or laptop?

For those of us who can’t coax a decent shot out of an iPhone *raises hand*, filters are amazing. They can transform even the dullest of photos into something worthy of your social media highlight reel.

Don’t take selfies. Make memories.

The problem is that we photograph everything and look at nothing. Sure, you’ll occasionally whip out your phone to show your friends pictures of your cat or dog being cute, but for the most part those images you were so intent on taking are left to gather virtual dust.

More importantly, this incessant need to photograph everything stops us from enjoying the moment. We end up experiencing everything through our smartphone lens, which is counter-intuitive when you think about it. We’re right there, why not enjoy it in real life?

The memories you create from experiencing life firsthand far outweigh anything you could hope to capture in a photo. And they’ll also stay with you forever, unlike pictures which can get lost.

Leave your smartphone at home to enjoy life more.

There are places in the world so magnificent you can’t possibly capture them in a photo. Faced with such magnificence, the people at Expedia took a more creative approach and created a series of striking colour palettes of the world’s most beautiful places.

From the glacial whites and blues of Icelandic caves to the lush greenery of Japanese bamboo and the rich reds and browns of America’s Bryce Canyon, the world’s landscapes offer incredible colors and beauty.

But the same can be said for so many things in life. Rather than constantly focusing your camera at whatever you’re looking at, a far better idea is to immerse yourself in the moment and drink it in.

If Instagramming your food floats your boat, fine, but sometimes leaving your phone at home is the best way to remember what you ate. Going phoneless also adds years to your life, which, as side-effects go, is pretty sweet.

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Photo Credit: Expedia


Marie W
Marie W6 months ago

thanks for sharing.

Cindy S
Cindy Smith10 months ago

i'm broke so I don't have one

Naomi D
Naomi Dreyer11 months ago

Many are too attached to their smart phones.

Trish K
Trish K11 months ago

My letters and my photo's of family and friends are my priceless possessions. As my husband got older I majored in photos of him and finding strangers to take photos of us. Glad I did.

iskrica k
iskrica knezevic11 months ago

Thank you!!

Ramesh B
Ramesh B11 months ago

Thank you

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Leo C
Leo Custer11 months ago

Thank you for sharing!

Nicole H
Nicole Heindryckx11 months ago

Very good article. I am 67, and never made photographs with my cellphone. There are quite some reasons for that. My children and grandchildren ALL take photos with their cellphones. Sometimes, they pass one thru FB, but I don't have any longer photos to hang on the wall. On special occasions photos are ALSO taken with their cellphones. So no memories for the grandparents to collect or put in a special book. I have such books from long ago, when I was a child, when I married, with my firstborn, etc.. etc.. Now, I have to look it up in FB or in my mailbox, but you don't think I can remember all those dates / years... Consequently, when people get older and don't even have a laptop anymore, how will they remember the good old days by watching photographs. I have worked with elderly people for abt 7 years and I know they love looking in their photobooks, and seeing pictures of their young children, or their sisters and brothers at Christmas or so... Of course, we ask them to print these photographs to have a memory, but they either forget, or don't have time. Modern times !! Not always better. Certainly NOT !
When I go to a special event, I take photos with a camera and have them developed in a photoshop. It costs a bit more, yes. But now I have real memories.

Marija M
Marija M11 months ago

Very good advice, tks.