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How to Influence the Weather When You Travel

How to Influence the Weather When You Travel
Meg Butler

Like it or not, influencing, especially travel influencers, are officially a thing. Even the FlyerTalk forums, one of the most popular gathering spots for people who frequently fly just for the fun of it, are peppered with Instagram related questions like how to arrange free flights for influencers on a major airline,  or whether or not being an Instagram influencer is a job requirement on EVA Air, or how almost every luxury hotel uses influencers to get people in the door.

Plus, getting paid to travel the world is one of the more common ways to rack up the kind of points that, if you’re smart, leads you to the FlyerTalk forums to figure out how to get the most mileage out of your miles. Compound miles, paid advertisements and free trips, it’s easy to understand why so many who are a part of the gig economy are after a big travel influencer payday.

And, we’re not totally surprised that at least one influencer with over 280,000 followers was so eager to zhuzh up her Instagram resume that she started controlling the weather. The internet, however, went to town when someone noticed something funny was going on with the sky in several of Tupi Saravia’s Instagram photos.

To be fair, what the heck is going on? Is there a cloud following her everywhere she goes? Did she even go anywhere? It was obvious that some sort of alterations were involved with her images. Only no one could figure out what until BuzzFeed got in touch with Sarvaria for an explanation.

And, to everyone’s surprise, Sarvaria said “I can’t believe how far this went,” Saravia wrote via email with laughing-crying emojis. “I used an app called Quickshot to help the composition of the photograph when the sky is burned or overexposed.”

Quickshot is a free photo-editing app that has a feature called Sky Control that puts clouds into your photos when you want to make the day look more halcyon. You can check it out here. If this “controversy” is just a marketing ploy on behalf of Quickshot, it’s not a bad one. They’re certainly not the first app to try a little viral marketing and Tupi Savaria’s edited photos don’t look bad for a glossy #travelad type Insta business is about. If any of you have tried it, please let us know if it’s good or bad (or there’s something that you use that’s better) in the comments.

Saravia just really liked the one cloud pattern so she used it all the time. She says that she’s always been clear with her followers about what photo-editing apps she uses so “I really don’t see the big deal [here], I never lied about it,” she said. “I haven’t done anything wrong, and it was never my intention… Actually I’m the first one to tell the joke [that] the clouds are following me around the world.”

But not everyone agrees. “This really bums me out. There’s so many people who want what she has: a fabricated online reality 😔” said one of the several thousand people who Tweeted about the enhanced photos.

What I want to hear from FlyerTalk is, how many of you document your travels on Instagram and has it ever helped you travel further? Or, are you strictly a Beautiful Photos… Just Because photo poster?


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