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Travel blogger shares the truth behind these glamorous Instagram snaps

"Marita Larkins" (2020-07-27)


An Australian travel blogger who has built up a following of more than half a million from sharing glamorous travel snaps has revealed what was really going on behind her envy-inducing photos - from deep loneliness to being dumped on Christmas Day.

Brooke Saward, 28, from Tasmania, said that after nearly a decade of travelling the world and uploading beautiful photos, she wanted to share what was really going on behind her snaps - and explain that Instagram is not a reflection of real life.

The result - which unearths her innermost thoughts, feelings and impressions from each destination - reads like a snapshot into Brooke's diary, as she recalls the emotions of heartbreak, loneliness and the resulting freedom that comes with any breakup.






An Australian travel blogger who has built up a following of more than half a million from sharing glamorous travel snaps has revealed what was really going on behind her envy-inducing photos (Brooke Saward pictured in Barcelona)







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Brooke Saward, 28, from Tasmania, said that after nearly a decade of travelling the world and uploading beautiful photos, she wanted to share what was really going on behind her snaps (Brooke pictured one month after Christmas Day)


'When the world went into lockdown, I saw a lot of influencers posting their old travel photos with brief captions like "can't wait to be able to travel again",' Brooke told FEMAIL.



 We all know Instagram is a lie. It sells a version of our lives, especially for influencers

'I just thought to myself surely I can't just start posting the same content with the same destinations telling people how much I miss my glamorous (and quite frankly unattainable) lifestyle? I wanted to do something more.'

And so, beginning at the end of March, Brooke started sharing the real stories from her travels to the South of France, LA, New Zealand, Bali, London, Barcelona and Vienna. 

'We all know Instagram is a lie. It sells a version of our lives, especially for influencers,' Brooke said.

'I wanted to pick apart this lie and tell people: "Hey everyone, when I shared this beautiful photo of myself solo in Provence, what I didn't tell you is that I was the loneliest I have ever been in my life, quietly mourning the breakup of a three-year relationship with the man I thought I would marry".

'As soon as I started, it was like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders as I shared the real and raw moments of my life, my followers started to realise that there was this entire narrative of my life running in the background.'






The beginning of Brooke's so-called 'Stories' - which have been divided into different parts depending on which photo you look at - starts in France (pictured), where she said 'on the surface' it looked as though she had 'everything figured out'

















Following a breakup with her boyfriend from home, Brooke revealed how she boarded a flight to New Zealand (left), rented a van to live in and dragged along a friend called Sophie for the ride. She later ended up in London for a period (right)


The beginning of Brooke's so-called 'Stories' - which have been divided into different parts depending on which photo you look at - starts in France, where she said 'on the surface' it looked as though she had 'everything figured out'.

'I had a job that let me travel the world, ambassador 진격 의거 인 토렌트 deals and endless invites to exotic locations,' Brooke wrote alongside the photo of her looking into the distance over cobblestone homes.

'It was a career that didn't exist in the humble beginnings of my travel blog - an online journal I created to document my adventures.'

While Brooke said she 'fell into a world' of luxury hotel stays, year-long contracts and networking, she also said that her desire to travel and her 'restless feet' meant it was difficult for her to hold down a boyfriend at home and travel the world.

'When this photo was taken (by my drone, by the way) I was quietly mourning what I knew was the end of my relationship,' Brooke admitted.

'It took me six weeks abroad to come to terms with ending what was long lost. Once I had finally accepted our fate, I flew home only to be broken up with on the ride home from the airport. We both knew - we just didn't know how to face it. The distance that had driven a wedge between us was our final undoing.'