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Valerie from Los Angeles asked

What is your best travel selfie?

Yes, I want to see your best travel selfies! I've come across some pretty great ones...funny, serious, with animals, with crazy backgrounds, and in beautiful places. What is the best travel selfie you've ever taken and where were you?

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Alvian from Jakarta


This one win baby!! It was taken Ujung Bira South Sulawesi - Indonesia. The ocean was beautiful, the dive sites are awesome. I traveled with my girl and she loved it we will coming back on May :) 


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Debbie
This is awesome!
 

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Jillian
I love this!
 
 
 

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claus

I took this one last week in Delphi with a local cat. Always wanted to take a selfie in Delphi.


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Renate
You made me laugh out loud!
 
 
 

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Scott from Bakersfield

My favorite travel selfie was this past May when I was on a Wine Country Cruise with Princess Cruises.  I love to go to the top deck all by myself and just soak up all the grand views of nature.  It is my happy place.


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Valerie
That's awesome, Scott! I love being out at sea
 

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Debbie
Looks like it could be my happy place, too :) Great shot!
 
 
 
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Evan from Virginia

I haven't been to as many crazy exotic locations as some of the other Trippy members, but I think any selfie with a giraffe in the background is worth sharing! (Taken during a recent trip to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.)  



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Debbie
Giraffe selfie = winning :)
 

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Valerie
Giraffes are one of my favorite animals so I love this!
 

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Renate
I have to agree and will make that a travel rule from now on!
 
 
 

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Tiffany from Corvallis

I'm one of those people who hate to get their photo taken. This is probably why I love photography because then I get to hide on the other side of the lens. So my selfies are shadow shots. This is one of the first. I was driving back to Valencia from Montanejos and a herd of goats had just crossed the road (which is why I was in the middle of the street with my camera).


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Debbie
Nice, Tiffany! I love shadow selfies, too :)
 

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Valerie
Love it, Tiffany!
 

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Renate
I can so relate. Hiding behind the camera is a specialty but I'm trying to include myself in more shots. 'Tis difficult!
 
 
 

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Ryan from Redondo Beach

I had a lot but this one wins.This selfie was taken last year at Oktoberfest in Munich with my buddy Louis. We grew up next door to each other stirring up all kinds of mischief in our neighborhood as kids so this selfie might be the pinnacle of our epic partying. If someone asked me to describe the Oktoberfest experience with 1 photo this would be it.

Beers, crowd, out of focus, random German girl, Bavarian scenery painted on walls of the tent. Just a quick look a this selfie brings back so many memories of sitting, standing and dancing at the same table for 14 hours. Yes, 14 hours we stayed at the same table meeting people from every corner of the world, learning how all the Oktoberfest dances and songs go and how to properly hold a maß. It may sound unpleasant to stay in one place for so long, but honestly it's was one of the best experiences I've had. I can still smell the beer and sauerkraut aromas in the air. Prost!


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Valerie
14 hours!? So long but sounds worth it!
 

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Debbie
Prost indeed! This is awesome, Ryan!
 

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Brenda
Ah yes...sweet memories. And like stickers bring slammed all over your body.
 
 
 

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Mags from Orlando

Definitely the time I interupted a lions breakfast in Tanzania.  


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Valerie
....Looks like he was hungry. This is such an awesome shot!
 
 
 
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Karrell from Singapore

Selfie with the Chocolate HillsBohol


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Debbie
Love it! This should be your profile photo on Trippy! :)
 
 
 

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Konrad from Washington, DC

My favorite was probably at the top of Lion's Head, overlooking Cape Town, South Africa and Robben Island (Nelson Mandel's island prison). More pics and thoughts from this trip are in my blog post from the trip: http://worldventureproject.com/south-africa/



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Valerie
Such a beautiful shot!
 

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Debbie
This is really cool!
 

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Samia
WOW!
 
 
 

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Supun from Carson (California)

First here's my selfie to make all other Trippy members jealous. While trying to get the view down to the Pacific from Sandstone Peak, I missed the view but got a shot of my super cool T-shirt.

I had a hard time picking one shot, so I decided to pick a few of my faces at various places.

Here's me on a speed raft coming back from swimming with wild dolphins off of Ponta Delgada, by the holy Michael Jordan statue in front of the United Center, outside the Grand Bazaar, looking out at Half Dome on a trip to Sequioa and Kings Canyon National Park with my dad and nephew, and at Edgewood Park & Natural Preserve (where I did my first trippy self answer).

And here's me relaxing on Boracay Island, up in a tree along the Bridge to Nowhere hike, on a road trip to San Jose where I drove 800 miles round trip in less than 48 hours just to run a half marathon, jogging in Central Park and taking the Staten Island Ferry on another road trip where a buddy and I decided New York wasn't far away from Chicago after finishing Old 66, walking around Paris, and with some friends volunteering in Port-au-PrinceAnd here is a final set where I'm on a bus to Santo Domingo that would end up breaking down leaving us and all the luggage in the backdrop stranded for a few hours, I'm taking a "holy cow I'm in New Delhi!" shot, taking a pic with one of my travel buddies (who's also on Trippy) at Blyde River Canyon, watching the elephants at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage go take a bath, accidentally snapping pics of myself inside a bomb safe hotel in Kabul (where I also met some talented young musicians), hanging out at the Gandhi Ashram,  smoking Nargila at Çorlulu Alipasa Medrese, meeting a pen pal for the first time at Cișmigiu Gardens, posing in front of the Taj Mahal, on a train to Nuwara Eliya, dipping my toes into Trincomalee Bay while checking out the Koneswaram Temple, learning about a German monastery, and petting a lion cub at Lion Park. Which one do you think is my best one? Thanks for checking me out and as always thanks for sharing your travels here.


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Valerie
Fantastic answer, Sup! I cant choose one, they are all awesome! I'm jealous you got to hang out with all those elephants, way cool.
 

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Debbie
I didn't know you were such a travel selfie expert, Sup! Oh, and nice shirt ;) I'm wearing one right now!
 

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Jillian
Wow, amazing. Look at all those travel selfies!!!
 

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Supun
you know I got skillz when I can take an accident-elfie of myself while sleeping
 
 
 

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Ernst from Long Island (New York)

I don't take selfies too often but when I do, I put my camera on a tripod.  Here are 2 photos I took while hiking through Wire Pass in southern Utah.


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Valerie
That looks like an awesome place.
 

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Ernst
I enjoy slot canyons like this so much more than Antelope Canyon in Page, AZ. Antelope Canyon is great for the colors, but it's far too popular and crowded.
 
 
 

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Denise from New Orleans

Me in in Segovia at the Alcazar. Not sure if this is a selfie or more of an Midieval photobomb?


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Valerie
Midieval photobomb, definitely :)
 

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Debbie
Nice, Denise! Both? :P You should make this your Trippy profile pic!
 

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Renate
I think it's both!!! :)
 
 
 

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Billy from Chicago

For sure it's my profile pic in Machu Picchu. I don't do many but had to show my mom. :)


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Debbie
Nice! Gotta show mom :) And you should totally add a full sized version to your answer! Let me know if you need a hand.
 

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Billy
Good idea, Debbie. I'll add the full version. :)
 

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Debbie
Awesome, Billy! FYI, I just helped you add your photo to your original answer so that you can collect all your votes in one place. To do this in the future, all you have to do is click the "edit" button above your posted answer :)
 
 
 

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Polly from Washington, DC

My least selfie-looking selfie was taken at First Beach, Washington, a few hours before I ran off the road in a snowstorm.


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Valerie
That sounds scary, Polly! I hope you were ok!
 

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Polly
Thanks, Valerie! It ended up being fine and giving me a fun travel story to boot.
 
 
 

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Uriel from Saint-Jean-de-Luz



Borobudur in Indonesia!


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Valerie
Gorgeous!
 

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Samia
aww, ive been here!
 
 
 
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Cherie from Bay Area

Met this adorable little pup named Pita on a beach in Santorini. He liked my shoelaces! I loved this photo so much it was my profile photo for quite a while on Facebook. ^_^


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Debbie
PITA! That's such an awesome name for a puppy :)
 

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Valerie
Agreeed, Debbie! Resembles the color of a pita chip too! Cute picture, Cherie!
 
 
 

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Kim from Canada

I'm usually taking photos of scenery not selfies so this is one of the only ones I have but I love it because I remember the heat of standing on the cliffs of Tulum Mexico and wanted to capture the gorgeous blues of the skies and the water!



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Valerie
Love your hair, Kim!
 

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Debbie
Love the combo of the colors between your hair and the background! :)
 

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Kim
Thanks ladies! My hair has been many many colours and currently is a combination of the blues and aqua inspired by the ocean in shots just like this one :)
 
 
 

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Nathaniel from Boston

That time I hung out with Miss America in Las Vegas. As one does, right?



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Debbie
Why, of course! :)
 
 
 

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Marina from Riga, Latvia

One of the recent - zipline next the old Đurđevića Tara Bridge in Montenegro.




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That looks so fun, Marina! Thanks for sharing :)
 
 
 

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Jill from Ottawa

My best selfie was when my boyfriend and I were ice climbing in Vatnajökull National Park Iceland. We had the GoPro set up to take pictures every 30 seconds and we both happened to be in the right place at the right time for this one!



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Kevin

In the surf at Playa del Carmen


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Valerie
Love this! I think it might be my favorite one
 
 
 

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Kelly

At the Musée Picasso in Paris.  I spent a week in Paris a seul and was able to snap a pretty great collection of selfies.


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Ezra from Olomouc

Visited the Comcast Center last month while in Philadelphia.


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Debbie
This is awesome! Love window reflection selfies :)
 
 
 

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Suzanne from Pasadena

My husband is not a fan of the selfie, but I implored him to start doing it with me in every city that we travel to. I love the pure joy on our faces and the light on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence.



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This is so cute, Suzanne! This should be your Trippy profile photo! :)
 
 
 
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Renate from San Francisco Bay Area

I was hard-pressed to find many selfies as staying behind the camera is much more within my comfort zone. But, I did find this fun pic which utilizes a postcard feature on my smartphone. I was sitting in Le Saint Séverin in Paris in August 2014, pretty, pretty tired. I took this photo to pay homage in a blog-post to the life-giving powers of un caffé! In January 2014, my daughter, Jacque, and I found ourselves sitting on the upper steps of Temple IV in Tikal National Park in Guatemalaas part of an incredible Sunrise Tour. The memory of that breathtaking view over the jungle and temples of the Central Plaza as the sun rose around us is permanently embedded on our souls! 


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Debbie
I love these! :)
 

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Renate
Thanks so much, Debbie!
 
 
 

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Anita

On my bike...background Lake Wanaka New Zealand


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Debbie
Oh, do you happen to have it to share in your answer? Would love to see it! I'm a community manager here, so let me know if you need help adding a photo to your answer! :)
 

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Valerie
Bummer Anita, I can't see your picture!
 
 
 

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Jillian from Los Angeles

Easy! I call it my "Eye spy an elephant" selfie from a safari in Tarangire National Park.

It was the first stop on our safari, and the elephants were surrounding us. Such an amazing experience that I had to take a selfie, obviously.


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Valerie
Ha, you're punny :)
 

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Tiffany
Great shot!
 

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Jillian
Thanks, Tiffany! Where is yours? :)
 

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Ross
I'm gunna have to dig to find one that beats that! Great shot!!!!
 

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Jillian
Thanks, Ross! Looking forward to seeing your photo!
 

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Andrew
Crazy Eye!
 

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Ross
good to see this one back on top! its the selfless selfie lol!!
 

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Renate
Your...well, eye...is beautiful! And, this is a wonderfully creative selfie!
 
 
 

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G from Santa Monica

It's not mine but I vote for this one from the Godfather of the travel selfie, Clark Griswold - circa 1985.  




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JR from Manhattan Beach

This was an epic day and i was bummed i didn't take more pictures. But this selfie definitely captured a moment. In the selfie you'll find in order: 

  1. Me - JR Johnson
  2. Rene Redzepi - Founder of Noma and all-around creative juggernaut. 
  3. Mark Emil Hermansen - anthropologist, Nordic Food Lab, Noma, MAD Symposium
  4. Chris Sacca - heavy twitter user (yes, he's probably tweeting in this picture)


Yes, I have a big, proud smile on my face and here's why. 

We started at Rene's house. We had coffee. We ate ice cream. We toured his garden. If our day ended there I would have called it epic but we were just getting started.

Rene and Mark gave Chris and I a walking tour Christianshavnand Freetown Christiania. We made our way all the way over to Amass where we tried some house made pastis with Chef Matt Orlando. But wait there's more. We cabbed it back because we didn't have time to walk back (it took us a couple hours to walk to Amass) because we needed to get ready for dinner at Noma that night. Rene continued to be the ultimate host and gave my entire family (14 of us) a personal tour of Noma, the test kitchen, and the fermentation lab. Then the meal just blew our minds. 

Btw, the pic was snapped somewhere between Christiania and Amass. 



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Debbie
This selfie is so full of #winning!
 

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Nathaniel
An epic landscape of people. Love it.
 

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Brenda
A foodie's dream selfie!!!
 
 
 

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Jenna from Oakville, Ontario

I think this one takes the cake for me haha - selfies in Siem Reap
Oh the life of solo travel bloggers haha!

- Jenna 
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Valerie
Hahaha! Love this one, Jenna!
 

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Ross
I told my wife, no babies till Cambodia! She has started planning the trip. Lol
 

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Jenna
Haha you must go and visit Cambodia! It is such a remarkable place! It is like entering another time zone!
 
 
 

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Debbie from San Francisco

I didn't think I had that many #travelselfies, but now that you mention it, I did manage to dig these up... 

My favorite is what I took in what my friends and I dubbed "the disco temple" in Ayutthaya.

It was the most gorgeous temple that was covered from wall to ceiling in tiles of mirror of all sizes and patterns:

Runner ups...

You can see my friends' and I's reflection in the rearview/side mirrors of this tuk tuk in Bangkok:

And my reflection in wall of shattered mirrors at Glasstress on Murano Island.Can't wait to see others!


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Valerie
I love that name, "the disco temple". Thanks for sharing, Debbie!
 

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Debbie
Thanks, Val! I get a kick out of the name, too :P
 
 
 

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Alain from Toronto

I'm not into selfie stick yet. People who are using it have the same pose. So, I take selfies with my ever loyal tripod and camera timer/shutter. :) Don't tell me it's not a selfie. It. Is. :)) 

Here's the proof---from Petra, Jordan



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Debbie
This is amazing. Do you always travel with a rainbow flow afro wig? This should be your profile photo! :P
 

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Alain
I do. That wig is one thing I can't travel without. :) http://alainsojourner.com/travelling-with-the-rainbow-wig/
 

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Debbie
I like this project :)
 

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Valerie
I'm all about the timer, Alain :) Look at those camels too! Great shot and awesome wig :)
 

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Ross
So did you bring the wig with you or was it the most lucky in country buy ever?!
 

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awesome wig haha
 

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Alain
@Ross My wig has been to 17 countries so far. :)
 

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Joanne
love the camel I rode one in Australia. Not a smooth ride.. They are Not native to Austria and were brought there to work in opal mines and just let go and they adapted .They have such crooked teeth I wonder how they can chew. Something endearing about them.
 
 
 

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Julia from Brooklyn

This was in 2004, so before "selfie" was even a term --

I set my camera on timer and set up this shot on the side of the Taj Mahal:



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Valerie
Such a beautiful picture, Julia
 

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Samia
beautiful!
 
 
 

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Tony from Seattle

Took a snow machine out to Spencer Glacier from Girdwood and found a ridiculously blue ice tunnel.  



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Valerie
That's a sweet shot, Tony!
 
 
 

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Ian from United Kingdom

Like Tiffany, I'm not one for having my picture taken.  However, on my vague 'round the world' trip, I've been doing a daily picture project of a photo of my feet (it's all marketing branding, you know :p).

This has led to some strange ideas and locations, especially as I'm usually travelling alone so have to try some weird ideas, made all the more awkward by the occasional people wandering past and looking at me strangely.  Amazing what people do in the name of art ... ;)

As an example, this was taken on the Nullarbor Plain - midges not pictured ...

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Debbie
That's a cool project! :)
 

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Ian
Cheers Debbie! The full project ("dancing barefoot") is on my website (linked from my profile) - am about 6 days behind on the uploading at the moment though!
 

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Debbie
That's awesome! I'll have a look! :)
 

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Valerie
Thanks for sharing, Ian! I love the clouds in this picture. Great contrasting colors here!
 

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Ian
@Valerie - thank you for your comment :) yes, it was a very nice scene; simple yet quite striking. The Nullarbor is very flat so I wanted to try to capture the endlessness of it; I didn't have much time while the train was stopped and fortunately turned out pretty well.
 
 
 

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Ross from Fort Collins

I don't know how he does it!

Hot wife 

boom cobra selfie!!!!!!!!!


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Valerie
Great pictures, Ross! Looks like you have a very talented dog ;)
 

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Thanks that's Burt Reynolds! He is the best dog! We camp ultra light with hammocks, now with his new backpack she doesn't have to carry one!
 
 
 
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Rob from Los Angeles

December 2010, Just finished an insane hike around Bako National Park (Taman Negara Bako)

At one point during the hike we got swept off our feet by a flash flood, encountered a tarantula, and had to climb up a tree... not all at the same time, although that would have been terrifying!


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Samia from Bangladesh

this is me, on top of a peak to see sunrise over Mount Bromo


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Matt from Santa Monica

I traveled to Oslob  in the Philippines a couple summers back to try and see the elusive whale shark. Sure enough I found her! Glad I had my GoPro with me :) Telescoping "selfie" pole is a must for the solo traveler! 


Oslob was about a 3-4hr drive from Cebu City (airport) on a two lane road, so you'll need to plan your travel accordingly. There aren't many hostels in the area but you can find some awesome B&Bs with a little searching online. I forget the name of the place I stayed but it turned out great- I found it online.. Shared twin bedroom (two beds) with breakfast for about $20/night. This area isn't very built up, so if you're traveling durning peak season (Nov-June) plan ahead because housing may be limited.


If you like thunderstorms, the view from the coast here overlooking the island of Bohol apparently puts on a regular show during the summer months. This was the best view/set up for a lightning storm I've found in the world. I was able to get the shot below with a long shutter and resting my camera on a book. Nikon D3100/ISO400/55mm/f5.6/30s. With a little luck you'd find a similar storm.


I spent just one night in Oslob to see the whale shark then backtracked toward Cebu 1hr and caught a ferry from Argao over to the neighboring island of Bohol to see the Chocolate Hills. (Pro Tip: from Argao there is only one ferry departing per day, and it's in the morning. Make sure you dont miss it- I almost missed it- there's nowhere to stay around Argao. The alternative is to head back to Cebu and catch a longer ferry ride from there.) The Chocolate Hills were great, but not amazing. One of those natural wonders kind of things.


I rented a motor bike for $20 from Alona Beach Area where I was staying (Reggae House $12/nt) and made the 4hr round-trip ride. I think I liked the backcountry, rice field scenery on the ride more than the actual hills. Leave in the morning and spend the day exploring. There's a cool little wildlife eco-zoo thing I'd recommend called Tarsier Conservation Area (fairly humane, $6) ~30 mins from the chocolate hills with one of the only remaining populations of Tarsiers in the world (tinyyy little monkeys). Also, I'd recommend stopping to have a drink and   break up the drive at the Loboc River Resort, which has nice views and chilled out vibes. 




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Valerie
That whale shark. You win. That is so cool!
 
 
 

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RosalieAnn

This is a reflection in the train door in Germany.  I am the headless traveler- you can see the lens cap dangling from my camera in the middle of my chest, but the camera has mostly disappeared.


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daarth from Bergen

Not sure about best, but probably my funniest selfie


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Laura from Glasgow

With these lovely reindeers in Lapland, Finland! :-) 

Worldly Nomads on tour in February 2016 :-) 


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Joanne

I never do selfies.....they distort my(beautiful) face.😖


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