Selfie Wonders of the World: A Guide to Clichéd Tourist Photos
The easiest way to turn travel photos into winning #selfies
All this forward-facing camera work adds up. According to a recent Pew Research Center Poll, 55 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 33 have taken a selfie and shared it online.
Among those oodles of self-portraits is the popular genre of travel selfies. Feeds are filled with shots of folks mugging in front of world wonders and famous landmarks. Some call travel selfies narcissistic (and then there’s those lice rumors), but according to Psychology Today the shots are perfectly normal.
“News bulletin: Taking selfies is a normal thing to do, especially if you have embraced visual communication,” says Psychology Today writer Pamela Rutledge, Ph.D. “It’s okay for all of us to document our big moments. Who knows how many times you’ll be standing in front of the Grand Canyon or the Leaning Tower of Pisa?”
It’s time to shake off any selfie shame, grab your suitcase and see the world. But before you do, check out our guide to clichéd tourist shots. Avoid them or copy them, the choice is yours.
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Cliché Photo: The Lean Back
Someone has to get that building back in place. Luckily, countless travelers are up to the task.
Cliché Photo: The Personal Pyramid
High fives for ancient history!
Cliché Photo: The Hands-On Approach
Go ahead, touch what your tax dollars paid for.
The Great Wall of China
Location: Jinshanling, China
Cliché Photo: The Point
It’s called “great” for a reason; even Tom Hiddleston is outshined by this man-made landmark.
Location: Paris, France
Cliché Photo: The Just Hangin’
Be like Diddy and show respect for the selfie’s founding fathers … and mothers.
Cliché Photo: The Lion King
Good news: Scar isn’t here. Bad news: neither is anyone else.
Great Sphinx of Giza
Cliché Photo: The Kitty Cuddle
Please give this human-cat hybrid a little sugar. He’s only been waiting hundreds of years.
Cliché Photo: The New Neighbor
Four successful and stone-faced guys, seeking a fun-loving fifth roommate.
Cliché Photo: The Off Guard
If you can get these suits to crack a smile, you deserve all the Internet karma you can fit in your suitcase.
Cliché Photo: The “Can I Have It?”
You can’t take Paris with you, but you can try.
Abbey Road Crossing
Cliché Photo: The New Fab Four
There probably hasn’t been a case of jaywalking here since 1969.
The Gateway Arch
St. Louis, Missouri
Cliché Photo: The Real Selfies Have Curves
St. Louis provides the arch; it’s up to the tourist to make it work.
Location: Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
Cliché Photo: The Palace Pinch
Is the Taj Mahal ticklish? There’s only one way to find out.
Location: Machupicchu, Peru
Cliché Photo: The “Alpaca” My Bags
Looks like there is another creature who loves selfies just as much we do.
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