I know that my parents back home in NZ felt they really were able to keep track of what we were up to in real-time and even family here in the UK could see what we were doing on some of our mini-trips away from their home.
Much has changed for me in the past five years since our last trip - now I find myself burning with desire to really capture on camera the experiences and unique sights we have seen in a meaningful and memorable way.
Whether that's medieval spiderwebs or a priory caught in sunflare.
Impressive bridges spanning countries or ornate ceilings.
School children on just another school day or happy echinacea faces.
A stolen mother and son moment or the welcome of a seaside cottage.
Rocky shores or dappled light in the forest.
I have seen views from historical windows looking out on modern times.
And views revealing hundreds of years of history within its walls.
I have captured the feeling of racing down narrow country lanes - a straight out of the camera shot with no fancy editing.
It was such a privilege to have been in those moments, to have seen so much in just those short few weeks. More than I ever could have anticipated. I have to admit it's not quite the same being back at home right now. Of course there will always be daily life to instagram - baking, the boys' funny antics, and local scenery on early morning walks which are often my go-to style of pics.
But nothing, nothing like this. The depth and breadth of autumn colours, amazing cloud formations, history and architecture here provided unparalleled opportunities on a daily basis.
And for that I am eternally grateful.
How about you? Are you an Instagram fan and how often do you find yourself using it? Do you keep a real-time journal or just snap a pic as when and when you even remember you have the app?!