Self-Portrait Isn’t Always Obnoxious

These photos have taken the travel photography world by storm

31 Great Travel Selfies
A common criticism of the selfie is that the photo doesn’t really transport the viewer anywhere–save for the filtered, idealized “reality” that the portrait-taker wants viewers to see. And generally speaking, that’s a really boring destination.

The same cannot always be said, however, about travel selfies. Love them or absolutely hate them, these photos have taken the travel photography world by storm, and in June BBC Travel invited readers to submit their own travel selfies for review.

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Brandon Archibald and his partner pose on Bolivia's legendary salt flats.

Sauze d'Oulx, Italy

Neal Holmes manages to take a selfie while hitting the slopes surrounding Turin.

Auckland, New Zealand

Mervyn Tang snaps a shot of himself while jumping off Auckland's Sky Tower.

Cappadocia, Turkey

Josiah Crum and his wife careen above Cappadocia, Turkey on their five-year wedding anniversary.

Interlaken, Switzerland

Connie Wang is slightly petrified as a bull approaches her in Interlaken, Switzerland.

Sydney, Australia

Shohit Chaudhry skydives in Sydney, Australia. His instructor snaps a photo.

Mount Bromo, Indonesia

Lee Mitchell takes a photo one early morning at Mount Bromo, Indonesia.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

Nadya Toncheva visits the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The mosque can accommodate up to 40,000 visitors at a time, and is reported to have cost a whopping $2 billion USD to complete.

Mount Fuji, Japan

Neal Holmes on his second hike up Mount Fuji, Japan.

Falkland Islands

A Rockhopper penguin inspects Maja Kazmierczak-Barthel's shoelaces at the Falkland Islands.

Great Wall Of China

After a two-hour hike, Jan Cornelis Struijk takes a breather...and a selfie.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Anna Walus and an unidentified llama smile at one of the Andes mountains' most picturesque vistas.

Mount Hua, China

Jarryd Salem took this photo on Mount Hua, China's infamous plank walk, located just out of Xi'an.

Sahara Desert, Morocco

At the sand dunes of the Sahara desert.

Lake Baringo, Kenya

Nirav Haria snaps a shot of himself and his travel companions at Lake Baringo, Kenya.

Cliffs Of Moher, Ireland

Christina Michelle O'Neill decided to celebrate her 30th birthday by going abroad solo. One of her stops included the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher in Ireland.

Mount Bromo, Indonesia

Michael Irvine poses next to Mount Bromo, an active volcano in Indonesia.

Fredrikstad, Norway

Marie Peyre scales the mast of a ship in Fredrikstad, southern Norway.


Lisa Thorpe poses with a school of fish in the Maldives.

Deception Island, Antarctica

Juan Fernando Cardona pauses to take a photo of himself and his peers while on a lifeboat near Deception Island, Antarctica.

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Simon James Dorman relaxes at the Galapagos Islands with some wild sea lions.

Anatolia, Turkey

Jeremy Scott pauses for a photo during a cycling trip through the mountains of Anatolia, Turkey.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Satu Juutilainen takes a photo of her feet hanging above Machu Picchu.

Munduk, Bali

Raetedy Refanatha takes a brief respite (and selfie) at a waterfall near Munduk, Bali.

Beijing, China

Sarah Isabella Murray Munro poses with friends at the Great Wall of China.

A camel interrupts--or perhaps perfects--this traveler's selfie.

Kimi Rodriguez and friends take a photo before the ancient Treasury in Petra, Jordan. The structure, carved from stone, dates back as far as 312 BCE.

Sahara Desert, Morocco

Eduard Hajek is part of a camel caravan in Morocco.

Sandia Peak, New Mexico

Kathleen Petrones perches atop New Mexico's Sandia Peak.

Serolsar Lake, India

Pradnya Kulkarni and his friends commemorate the end of their rain, hail and snow-filled trek through the mountains by taking a group photo at Serolsar Lake, India.


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