Gaping at one of the first epic view points along the Sham Valley trek in Ladakh, India.
At first, I (Alex) didn't want to post this photo. For pretty much the lamest reasons ever.
My outfit is too unflattering. All of the skinny trekking girls I see on Instagram wear tight leggings, knitted socks, and colorful strappy bra tops. My $2 men's shirt and $3 trekking pants from Nepal are not leggings and strappy bra top.
My hair looks awful. I hadn't showered that day, my comb was lost to the depths of my pack, and my hair will simply never be the flowing blonde beach bum locks everyone likes.
My backpack is a mess. Like the child I am, I bought a colorful back to school pack, not one of those fancy leather Fjallraven deals or whatever the cool kids carry now. Dusty sandals are my own addition.
But then I realized all of those reasons are absolutely absurd. This is what I look like when wandering around outside, why is that something to be embarrassed about?
There's nothing wrong with looking like a goddess atop mountains. Power to the girls that pull it off.
But Sebastiaan and I do our best to present a balanced image of our travels (with nice photos, of course), and this is the real deal. Besides, the view is what's important 😍
Have you ever felt bad or been embarrassed when comparing yourself to people on Instagram?