31 Great Travel Selfies That Prove The Self-Portrait Isn’t Always Obnoxious

Published July 19, 2015
Updated January 17, 2018
Best Travel Selfies

Neal Holmes and his partner take a dip at Vancouver Island, Canada.

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.

The image above was chosen as the competition winner, but all of the submissions are worth an ogle:

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Best Travel Selfies Salt Flats
Brandon Archibald and his partner pose on Bolivia's legendary salt flats.

Sauze d'Oulx, Italy

Best Travel Selfies Italy
Neal Holmes manages to take a selfie while hitting the slopes surrounding Turin.

Auckland, New Zealand

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

Cappadocia, Turkey

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

Interlaken, Switzerland

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

Sydney, Australia

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

Mount Bromo, Indonesia

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

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

Best Travel Selfies 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

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

Falkland Islands

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

Great Wall Of China

Best Travel Selfies Great Wall
After a two-hour hike, Jan Cornelis Struijk takes a breather...and a selfie.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Best Travel Selfies Machu Picchu
Anna Walus and an unidentified llama smile at one of the Andes mountains' most picturesque vistas.

Mount Hua, China

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

Sahara Desert, Morocco

Best Travel Selfies Camels
At the sand dunes of the Sahara desert.

Lake Baringo, Kenya

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

Cliffs Of Moher, Ireland

Best Travel Selfies Cliffs Moher
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

Best Travel Selfies Mount
Michael Irvine poses next to Mount Bromo, an active volcano in Indonesia

Fredrikstad, Norway

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

Maldives

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

Deception Island, Antarctica

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

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

Anatolia, Turkey

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

Machu Picchu, Peru

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

Munduk, Bali

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

Beijing, China

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

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

Petra Jordan
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

Sahara Morocco
Eduard Hajek is part of a camel caravan in Morocco.

Sandia Peak, New Mexico

Sandia Peak New Mexico
Kathleen Petrones perches atop New Mexico's Sandia Peak.

Serolsar Lake, India

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.

All images come from BBC Travel.

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Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox holds a Master's in International Affairs from The New School as well as a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and now serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Sheffield. Her work as a writer has also appeared on DNAinfo.
Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox holds a Master's in International Affairs from The New School as well as a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and now serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Sheffield. Her work as a writer has also appeared on DNAinfo.