Taking photos when you study abroad is a given. If you didn't post it online, did it actually happen? (Kidding). Sharing our lives through Instagram while abroad is a fun way to document the experience, albeit an edited, sometimes filtered, version of our lives.
It allows us to keep friends and family back home updated on the goings-on of being abroad while providing us with like-worthy #TBTs after we return home, full of nostalgia.
Whether you're currently abroad or have already returned, you may be able to relate to these Insta-worthy moments.
Studying Abroad in Europe: Instagram vs. Reality
1. The passport photo
Caption: #itshappening #europe2015 #letsgo #travel
Reality: For every decent passport pic, there are 14 failed ones.
Caption: Bags are all packed! Can't wait to start this next chapter of my life in [insert study abroad city here].
Reality: I had jump on the case and try multiple contortionist-worthy moves just to get this thing to close.
3. Airplane selfie
Caption: Here we go...!
Reality: 1/5 takes to not have the rando in the background staring into the camera. Also, major judgement from the rando throughout the 10-hour flight.
4. In front of famous monuments
Reality: This is cool, but you also can't see the hordes of other tourists with selfie sticks trying to get the same shot.
Caption: Authentic food from its own country is 10000x better than back home. #PastaAllaBolognese #YesPlease
Reality: Can't argue much there, just please don't be that pretentious "everything is better in [study abroad country], *scoff*" person when you return.
Caption: The best f***ing weekend of my entire life.
Reality: The best f***ing weekend of my entire life, and now I'm broke. #worthit
7. Party pics
Caption: Cheers to nights we won't remember, with friends we won't forget.
Reality: The awesomeness of being under 21 and being able to legally drink at bars.
8. Christmas markets
Caption: Happy holidays *emojis* sending my love from Europe :)
Reality: It's all about the hot, spiced wine in special Christmas-market-mugs.
Speaking of wine...
Caption: Every occasion calls for a glass of red.
Reality: I have a love/hate relationship with unlimited wine, depending on the time of night or the next morning.
Caption: So excited to be in MILAN in just a few hours!!
Reality: It's 8:00 am, and yeah last night's wine was a horrible idea.
11. Souvenir shopping
Caption: Can't resist some local shopping... #wheninrome #travel
Reality: I really want all this crap I don't need. I'm buying it anyways.
12. Water activities
Caption: Had a fun, relaxing time at the baths in Budapest. Cool experience. #hungary
Reality: Totally fun, relaxing, and cool. However, I forgot my swimsuit on this trip and had to rent one from the spa. Showering immediately when I get back to my hostel.
Caption: When you realize you actually have to study for your finals abroad...
14. The group photo
Caption: Abroad friends are friends for life.
Reality: Abroad friends are friends for life.
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