See How They Run – Tourists and the Selfie Obsession

The Original Selfie?
The Original Selfie?


I just don’t understand the obsession with selfies. Everywhere you go in the world you see tourists running from attraction to attraction just to get a selfie. I feel sorry for the people you see on their relentless mission to get the perfect selfie on their travels. They miss out on the seeing the most amazing things that they are standing before. To me they are wasting their time and the money they have spent on their trip. They push you and shove you in their mission.  They poke you with their selfie stick and have no regard for not only the people around them, but the attractions they are there to “see”.  So much so that many museums and art galleries around the world are now banning these dreadful things.

To me this phenomenon seems more like a mission for people to show off to friends than to actually experience the country they are visiting.  A way of saying a “up yours, look where I am”.  Sad really, how are these people making the most of their experience?

Don’t get me wrong, a photo taken of yourself on your journey is a great way to remember the places you have been and the people you have met, but wherever you go there is always someone who will gladly take a nice natural picture of you.  That way you don’t have to stand in public with your head and neck in an unnatural position.  I don’t know about you, but whenever I’ve tried to take a photo of myself with my phone camera I end up looking like Jabba the Hut.

You can also see a place for its beauty and cultural heritage through the lens of a camera.  But more importantly, when you take the time to experience a place, and not just “see” it, you will make the best memories.

A tourist self portrait in RomeNothing screams tourist more than a phone on a selfie stick!  As a woman travelling alone, this is exactly what you don’t want to be portraying to the world.  Your safety and wellbeing depends on this.  Tourist scammers, pickpockets and worse are always on the look out for vunerable tourists.  It is also really important that you stay a little away from the maddening tourist crowds on your journey.  Having a camera with a zoom lens means that you can stand back a little and get the perfect pic while also being able to watch your surroundings.  A small compact camera that you can pop in your handbag, is a great option for this.  Just make sure you are in a safe position when you take your pics and watch where you are walking. (I almost fell in a hole a few weeks ago taking a photo of a bridge)

Take the time to take in the beauty and savour the experience.  Leave the selfies for others unless you are in a safe place.  And remember to look up!

Happy Travels

@Julie Beckers

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