By Melanie Lieberman
Updated: January 21, 2017
Courtesy of Instagram

If you agonize over how to take the perfect travel photo for Instagram, always post vacation pics on #TravelTuesday, or plan entire vacations around the most photogenic destinations, you’ll love Instagram’s latest update.

It’s called Instagram Stories, and the key features will be very familiar to anyone who uses Snapchat Stories.

Social media copycatting aside, Instagrammers can now share every moment of their travels without wondering if they've posted one too many beach photos than their non-vacationing friends can take.

Instagram Stories stitches both photos and videos together into a slideshow-like narrative, and offers users the chance to share more candid, less staged pictures. (That is, more like Snaps.)

Unlike regular Instagram posts, Stories won’t appear in your public photo grid. So it’s impossible to overpost, and it's never a problem to share something that doesn’t fit your chosen aesthetic. Stories also allow users to mark up photos with text, drawings, and color filters. Snapchat-style face filters may very well be on the horizon.

For public profiles, Stories are visible to everyone, but there's no option to comment or “like.”

Don’t count on stories to capture your trips and adventures forever, though: Stories will disappear after 24 hours. But if you’ve created one that you’re especially proud of, you can opt to promote it to your main profile, where all the worthy pictures and video clips live.

Melanie Lieberman is the Assistant Digital Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @melanietaryn.

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