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In Praise of Selfies: Travel Edition

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Selfies have gotten a really bad rap lately. And probably for good reason — but I still argue in favour of the selfie… as long as it’s done right. Here are some of my favourite travel selfies from the past two years:

In This Photo Post You Will Discover:

  • Underwater Selfies
  • Exotic Selfies
  • Ridiculous Selfies
  • Absolutely No “Bathroom Mirror” Selfies

There are a lot of terrible, narcissistic selfies out there. Too many. Way, way too many. Does the world really need a billion gigabytes of egomaniacs holding their iPhones up to bathroom mirrors? However, in the face of all of this — I still argue in favour of the selfie.

My first selfies can be traced back to the late 1980s, when I was barely double-digits, so I consider myself an early adopter — and therefore a bit of an aficionado. My basic rule of thumb is: as long as there is a secondary subject worthy of note, or when the scene tells a story beyond “See how good I look!” a selfie is permitted. (No — the inside of your car doesn’t count.)

Here are my favourite selfies from the past couple of years. Judge for yourself:

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The “sunset silhouette” selfie. (Washington State)

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The “ole sole mio” selfie. (Wyoming)

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The “I was SO working” selfie. (Colombia)

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The “where the hell is land?” selfie. (Belize)

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The “oh, is there something behind us?” selfie. (India, obviously)

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The “shark attack” selfie. (Aruba)

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The “I should probably get out of the way of this train” selfie. (Colorado)

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The “ship ahoy” selfie. (Belize)

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The “I just got hit by a rogue wave” selfie. (Aruba)

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The “f*cking rainforest” selfie. (Colombia)

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The “we’re probably going to crash so this is good-bye” selfie. (Yukon)

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The “peek-a-boo” selfie. (Mexico)

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The “look Ma, no hands” selfie. An advanced technique. (Belize)

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The “this isn’t a selfie” selfie. (Belize)

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The “horizons unlimited” selfie. (Oregon)

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The “Dave vs. the Volcano” selfie. (Hawaii)

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The “hipsters take India” selfie. (Jaipur, specifically)

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The “flower’s POV” selfie. (Colombia)

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The “hot tub” selfie. Natural version. (Wyoming)

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The “happy place” selfie. (Hawaii)

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The “hammock selfie.” A favourite theme. (Colombia)

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The “blub-blub-blub” selfie. (Aruba)

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The “watch for low-hanging branches” selfie. (Colorado)

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The “I hope my DSLR doesn’t fall in the ocean while I pose for this” selfie. (Belize)

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About the author: David Webb is a Vancouver, BC-based travel writer, photographer and magazine editor.

1 comment… add one
  • Joe Feb 3, 2014

    Well, at least you’re not shirtless in the bathroom with an iPhone, ha ha…

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