The Most Scenic Places on Earth for the Perfect Selfie

POSTED BY Mavy | April 9, 2015
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Gone forever is the awkwardness of having to ask a passing stranger to take your picture at a tourist spot, these days travel photography is all about the holiday selfie.

Whether you’re stood with your arm outstretched or you’ve got a proper “selfie stick” the trend for flipping your smartphone camera and striking a pose means capturing the moment has never been easier.

So don’t be shy, practice your pout and check out our top 11 most scenic selfie hotspots:

The Eiffel Tower, France


Voted the number one place to take a selfie in the word it feels only fair to put this first.

OK, so it may be a little obvious, but who doesn’t love pretending they’re a giant holding a tiny little Eiffel Tower in their fingertips?

If you find mastering the phone in one hand, Eiffel Tower in the other a bit tricky, just opt for a classic selfie.

Even Hollywood legend Samuel L Jackson’s got in on the act recently, proving it’s definitely a cool thing to do.

Halong Bay, Vietnam


With its thousands of tiny limestone islands, floating fishing villages and ethereal misty mornings, Vietnam’s Halong Bay is one of the most spectacular vistas in Asia.

Unless you happen to be there on your own boat, you’ll have to take one of the many tourists tours on offer.

Your reward? One of the most stunning selfies imaginable.

Trolltunga, Norway


Thrill-seekers, we have the selfie spot for you.

Trolltunga, or Troll’s Tongue in English, is a stunning cliff top, jutting out a dizzying 700 metres over the Ringedalsvatnet Lake in Southern Norway.

Just metres wide and with no safety barrier, the breath-taking spot is not only a favourite for selfies, but also for dramatic jumping poses, for those who are feeling extra brave.

Achieving this spectacular shot doesn’t come easy, the hike to get there goes through high mountains and takes 8-10 hours in total.

The Grand Canyon, The United States


One of America’s most iconic landscapes, it’s almost impossible to take a bad picture of the Grand Canyon.

For those seeking the optimum selfie, try the canyon’s North Rim as the sun goes down, or opt for a South Rim viewpoint if you want lots of different options of amazing backdrops.

You can get to the national park by land or air, but the best way to take in its vast beauty is by helicopter. You can pick up a chopper tour from Las Vegas, which at 280 miles away is still considered “close”.

Machu Pichu, Peru


The 550-year-old Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu is clearly selfie-worthy on its own, but if you’re lucky, you might get the added bonus of a photo-bombing llama.

The sociable animals graze in the grounds of the ancient attraction and have been known to sneak into shot.

Milford Sound, New Zealand


Expect stunning selfie options galore if you take on New Zealand’s magical Milford Track.

You’ll need a quick flight to Auckland followed by a trip down to South Island’s Fiordland to discover one of the finest walks in the world.

Book one of the limited hiking trail places to see its full glory.

With selfie backdrops including enchanting rivers, waterfalls and mountains the only think you’ll have to worry about is having enough memory for all of your shots.

The Taj Mahal, India


The Taj Mahal is such a perfect place to take a selfie that the Beatles’ George Harrison did it back in 1966.

More than 3 million visitors flock to the white marble mausoleum each year, making it India’s biggest tourist attraction. And of course it’s most photographed spot.

Chichen Itza, Mexico


It’s hard to not feel a bit like you’re Indiana Jones when taking in the sacred Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza.

Coach trips from resorts including Cancun and Tulum can transport you to another world.

The site’s incredible main pyramid has to be seen to be believed, so get in shot to provide perspective.

This selfie is needed for scale if nothing else.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy


What’s better than a picture of you pretending you are trying to push The Leaning Tower of Pisa? A selfie with lots of other people in the background looking silly as they try to do it.

There’s always plenty of visitors in front of the Italian landmark pretending to push, lean on, or kick it, so grab your camera and join in the fun.

Maya Bay, Thailand


Channel you inner Leonardo DiCaprio and head to ‘The Beach’.

Setting for the 2000 film adaptation of Alex Garland’s novel, Koh Phi Phi’s Maya Bay’s striking turquoise waters and white sand make it one of the best places on earth to take a dip - and a holiday selfie.

Christ the Redeemer, Brazil


The enormity of Rio de Janeiro’s imposing Christ the Redeemer makes it a number one spot for tourists from all over the world - many baring their self sticks.

With your phone at the end of a pole you could even have a go at replicating the iconic statue’s pose, while taking the picture yourself.

If you’re one of the very lucky few who manages to convince the Brazilian Tourist Board to let you climb to the top of the 124ft high attraction you’ll be in selfie heaven.

Just don’t look down!

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