I came across this pretty interesting article by TIME magazine, where they rated the Selfiest city in the world – aka the city with the most number of selfie shots – based on Instagram geolocation tags. Along with Ellen’s epic selfie pic at the Oscars of late, it got me thinking about taking selfies while travelling.
Taking postcard-worthy landscapes or HONY-type street portraits of other people on your travels make for great keepsakes, but sometimes you just have to include yourself in that picture. Whether it’s for social media bragging rights, proof that you’ve been to a certain place, or you’re just having a good hair day and want to remember it, the selfie is the easiest way to capture that moment.
My Dad used to say when he made us post for photos, that you can just buy a postcard if you want that perfect shot, you still need to actually commemorate your presence by being in the photo. I used to think it was a little cheesy but looking back on my old photographs, I definitely agree wholeheartedly now.
The one troublesome thing about travelling on your own is that when you do want to get that shot with your face in it, you either have to trust other people to take your picture well (which is hit or miss), or learn to become a selfie expert – I know people who have perfected the angles and tricks so well that they really only need one shot to get it done.
Let’s face it, selfies are self indulgent, but they are fun to take and kinda cool when you manage to nail a good angle that catches your face at a flattering angle while getting in great detail/context in the background. A lot of my selfie photos actually bring back memories of both the trip and how I took that selfie. You don’t even have to be travelling solo to take a selfie – taking selfie shots with friends or new acquaintances can be a pretty fun bonding experience as well.
So here I am, indulging myself on my own blog, with some of my favourite selfies from my past trips and the memories they hold for me.
(how many times have I said the word selfie in this entire post so far? man that word is starting to lose all meaning now~~)
And while I love the occasional selfie shot, just a reminder that you can admire your 10 galleries of selfie shots to your heart’s content in private, and that you really, really, really don’t need to upload all those 10 galleries to your public feed on social media. Moderation is key, selfie kings – the harsh truth is no one loves your face as much as you do, so stick to a few select shots of yourself.
Share your favourite travelling selfie photo and memory here, I promise not to judge!