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World's most cliched travel photos
Sometimes you can't resist. Here’s a look at some of the most hokey holiday shots from around the world.


Crossing Abbey Road

Abbey Road, the famous spot from the cover of the Beatles 1969 album of the same name, became the coolest place in the world to cross the street.

(Christopher-Daniel Gregorczyk)


Holding the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Hurry, before it falls! Wait, this tower has been tilted for more than 800 years—it’s probably good to go without faux assistance for photos.

(Barney Moss)


Sunset at Angkor Wat

Sunset shots at Angkor Wat, Cambodia’s best-preserved Buddhist temple, are stunning. But photos of tourists taking photos of the sunset? Not so much.

(Brian Hoffman)


Blue Lagoon Baths

You’re probably going to visit Iceland’s geothermal Blue Lagoon and you’ll probably slather silica mud all over your face. It simply must be done.

(Ian Wilson)


Kissing the Sphinx

We sincerely doubt that when ancient Egyptians built the Great Sphinx of Giza, they ever imagined tourists posing, lips puckered to give it a swak.

(David Haberthür)


Copying Christ the Redeemer

It’s not a successful visit to see Christ the Redeemer, Rio’s 98-foot religious monument, unless you do as he does.

(Mike Vondran)


Becoming Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee, the Chinese-American master martial artist was all high kicks and hijinks, so any visit to his Hong Kong statue demands adequate Jeet Kune Do moves.

(Ming-yen Hsu)


Doing the Bangkok Dance

These statues are supporting a shrine; these tourists are supporting stereotypes of tourists.

(Nir Nussbaum)


Pinching the Taj Mahal

Emperor Shah Jahan, the man who spent more than 20 years building this mausoleum in memory of his third wife, would not have like people pinching her temple.

(Brian McGuirk)


Kissing in Times Square

This sailor and his girl in white kissing on Victory over Japan day in 1945 are forever immortalized in 26-foot glory. You’ll come away with a digital pic.

(Asterio Tecson)


Climbing Kjerag Rock

Nevermind that you waited behind 17 tourists for a chance to stand more than 3,000 feet above ground on this stone wedged precariously between two rocks in Norway, if you were brave enough, that deserves a bragging-rights photo.

(Petter Sandell)


Jumping at the Eiffel Tower

Because it wouldn’t be the Eiffel Tower if you weren’t captured mid-air. C’est la vie, right?

(Marcia Taylor)


Representing Rocky

Yo. It ain’t how hard you hit, it’s about how cool you look replicating Rocky.

(Adam Baker)


Surveying Wall Street’s Bull

Wall Street’s Charging Bull is supposed to represent financial optimism and prosperity and people are fondling it.



Fun with Fountains

When in Rome, do not do as the other tourists do.

(Alec Couros)


Thai Ronald McDonald

In Thailand, Ronald McDonald greets you with a respectful wai. Why not do it too?

(Ween Nee)


Phone Photo Booth

It was a London phone booth that got Harry Potter to the Ministry of Magic—this could be more than a photo op.



Walk Like an Egyptian

The song by The Bangles came out in 1986 and this photo fad should have faded with side ponytails.



Salt Flats Perspective

Yes, Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni salt flats are vast, but there’s no need to celebrate an inferiority complex.



Washington Monument Weirdness

We’re not even sure what’s happening here. Looks like she’s trying to tell us the Washington Monument is greater than whatever is behind her.

(Drama Queen)


One with the Statue of Liberty

Because you have to be the Statue of Liberty to appreciate her.

(Andy Price)


Snapping Snake Charmers

Snake charming is an Indian folk art, but taking this photo won’t be charming if you’ve got ophidiophobia.

(Henrik Brameus)

World's most cliched travel photos

Sometimes you can't resist. Here’s a look at some of the most hokey holiday shots from around the world.

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