Travel photographs are some of the most beautiful in the world.

I’ve spent many hours on Pinterest and the internet scouring photos of amazing places and dreaming about traveling there one day. Every traveler I know takes some sort of camera with them, from DSLRs to their smartphones. Today, with all of our social media, we are obsessed with capturing (and sharing) everything. But when does taking a photo get in the way of experiencing the actual moment?

But when does taking a photo get in the way of experiencing the actual moment?

Carrie Lyman - Does taking a photo ruin the moment?
The view of the famous sunset from Phu Si hill in Luang Prabang, Laos.

When I’m traveling I often get too caught up capturing the “wow factor” moments and forget to capture the everyday of travel, like the funny guesthouse I stayed in or the back road I found while wandering through town. I’m not sure in the end I really needed 50 photos of the view from the Eiffel Tower, or another 100 of the amazing sunset in Luang Prabang taken from every angle. Digital camera’s have made us all a little click-happy.

Usually I travel with other people and between all of us we capture most everything. But some of my favorite travel moments aren’t documented at all. And maybe that’s part of what made those moments so great. That they were uninterrupted.

Do you have anything you regret not capturing?

Carrie Lyman - Does taking a photo ruin the moment?
The view from the Eiffel Tower, Paris, France