Have you ever had to push yourself against a hotel room door, hiding in the corner whilst holding multiple items of luggage, as your other half conducts a mini photo shoot in the room you’ve just checked into?
Or maybe you’ve yourself surrounded by more dishes than 2 people could possibly eat – dishes that were ordered according to how they looked rather than what you fancied?
If this sounds familiar then you my dear man (or woman) are probably a travel blogger’s Instagram Husband.
In addition to symptoms demonstrated by general Instagram Husbands, such as the calloused photo thumb and uncontrollable bodily twitches upon mention of the words: selfie, brick wall, puppy or succulent, the travel blogger’s Instagram Hubby is susceptible to flat lays around the world and holiday activities selected purely on the basis of their social media boastability.
For my latest assignment for Skyscanner Australia they asked me to write a tongue-in-cheek guide for Instagram Husbands travelling with their partners and boy did I have a lot of material. My long-suffering Instagram Hubby has been through a training course of sorts, whereby he is made to repeatedly take photos until he captures the exact shot I had in my head but could not explain properly.
He’s learnt to hold the phone high lest he shows the world my double chins and has kept his cool when I rearranged furniture or sneakily tried to stand on it in order to take the perfect flat lay in various locations, including first class lounges.
He’s reluctantly been the model in my photos, just so I can show him exactly what I want him to recreate with me in it, and has been the poor figure mentioned at the start of this post – forbidden to touch a single item in the hotel room, not even the toilet, until I’d finished photographing every inch of it.
When I reached out to the lovely ladies of the Girl versus Globe Facebook group to see what they had put their Instagram Husbands through it seems I was not alone in this. Confessions included getting hubby to hold onto chairs and hold back hair as photos were taken from above and requiring them to take multiple photos of the same thing, in various formats, in order for the images to be in the right dimensions for every social media platform.
Absolutely loved this pic that was submitted on Facebook!
So it occurred to me that not only do these men behind the lens need tips for how to travel with us but they need to be celebrated too. To my new Instagram Husband I say thanks for your unwavering patience. I will forever more credit you when you nail a shot and let you bask in the fame of Insta likes that roll in with me. I also promise to take holidays with you that aren’t a never-ending photo shoot although, obviously, if you’re joining me on a press trip then that comes with the territory. Thanks for putting up with me!
Further reading: How To Be A Good Instagram Husband When Travelling
Confession time: what have you put your Instagram Husband or Wife through?