When photogenic South African couple Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger quit their stable advertising jobs to travel the world, they made headlines for their envy-inducing photos of beautiful locations all around the world.

Let’s just say, my year is made and it’s only the first day. A birthday to remember ❤️ #dirtythirties #noma

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In a shocking twist, it turns out that their curated Instagram feed doesn’t actually reflect the realities of their lifestyle! (Who knew Instagram could be like that?)

The young travelers took to their website to write that social media obscures the hardships they endure as a price for carefree adventure. Cartel and Dirnberger would like people to know that when they aren’t posing in their swimsuits on beautiful beaches, they’re scrubbing toilets.

They feel badly for perhaps making their life look more exciting and picture-perfect than it actually is. In other words, they’re worried that they’re using Instagram for the purpose it was intended to be used.

“Browsing through our blog posts and Instagram feed, it seems like we’re having the time of our lives,” Cartell wrote. “And don’t get me wrong – we are. It’s bloody amazing. But it’s not all ice-creams in the sun and pretty landscapes.”

When they aren’t taking beautiful, color-filtered photos, they are doing some hard work:

“So far, I think we’ve tallied 135 toilets scrubbed, 250 kilos of cow dung spread, 2 tons of rocks shovelled, 60 metres of pathway laid, 57 beds made, and I cannot even remember how many wine glasses we’ve polished. You see, to come from the luxuries we left behind in Johannesburg, to the brutal truth of volunteer work, we are now on the opposite end of the scale. We’re toilet cleaners, dog poop scoopers, grocery store merchandisers, and rock shovelers.”

It remains unclear why they’re apologizing for not posting photos of cow dung.

At the end of the day, the couple feels their traveling is worth the unglamorous work: “There’s nothing quite like swopping million-rand advertising budgets for toilet scrubbing to teach you about humility, life, and the importance of living each day as if it were your last,” Cartell says.