Selfie experts know what it takes to create the perfect snap — hold the camera high, stretch far with a straight arm, and face the best light source. But what makes it even better is a spectacular landscape or some action in the background. Traveling is a great opportunity to create an ideal selfie, especially at a famous landmark or popular destination. Keep in mind that there are rules for photography in some destinations, so be respectful and check first before pulling out your phone.
After more than two years of construction, the Eiffel tower met the first throngs of visitors during the 1889 Exposition Universelle. Around 12,000 people per day made their way to see the architectural masterpiece, and at the time, it was the tallest tower in the world. This highly recognizable, iconic landmark draws around seven million visitors each year. That means millions of people are taking selfies here with the Eiffel Tower in the background, then posting them to social media accounts around the world. To set yours apart, try capturing the perfect self-image from the observation deck of the Montparnasse Tower.
It’s one of the top travel destinations in America, so it makes sense that it’s also one of the top selfie spots in the world. Scan the pages of Instagram or TikTok, and you’re bound to see a ton of selfies with smiling people, posing with Mickey, or decked out in their favorite Disney gear. The bright colors and the famous Orlando, Florida sunshine provide the perfect backdrop for photos, and a selfie creates a fun reminder of visiting the “Happiest Place on Earth.”
One of the most historic and fascinating cities on the planet is also home to an amazing number of iconic landmarks. The Tower Bridge, with its suspension bridge and bascule, crosses the River Thames near the Tower of London, and it’s one of the most recognizable sites in the world. Although many people confuse it with the London Bridge, which spans the Thames River between London and Southwark, the Tower Bridge is more picturesque and selfie-friendly.
The Flavian emperors completed this four-story-high, travertine limestone amphitheater in 80 CE, a gift for the Roman people. It was the site of gladiator games, dramas, and public executions. The Colosseum is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and attracts millions of visitors each year. The light is best outside instead of inside the arena. For the best view, take your selfie from Parco del Colle Oppio, a city park across the road. Plan a morning excursion to avoid bigger crowds.
This group of several islands is just a 25-mile ferry ride from Phuket. Once you arrive, you’ll discover why it’s such a popular destination. During the day, it’s a gorgeous, tropical paradise with a long list of serene, inviting beaches to choose from. At night, the bars light up, live music starts to play, and the entertainment begins. No matter where you turn here, you’ll find opportunities for monumental selfies, whether it’s a gorgeous sunrise at Phi Phi Viewpoint or a night out at Loh Dalum Bay.
It may be unfinished, but the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia is a top selfie spot for travelers. With its towers, stained glass windows, and intricate sculpture pieces, few would argue that this church is one of the most wondrous of man-made constructions. For outdoor selfies, arrive in the morning to catch the best light with fewer people around. The Placa de Gaudi, a park that sits opposite the church, is a popular spot for selfies.
King Ludwig II, the “Fairytale King,” built this real-life, fanciful castle in the 19th century. The enchanting medieval structure sits within the Alps in Bavaria, overlooking the Hohenschwangau valley, not far from the popular tourist destination of Fussen. Its whimsical, yet majestic, beauty is what inspired Walt Disney to create the Magic Kingdom. The most popular way to get the castle in the background of your selfie is to go to the Marienbrucke, a footbridge that extends over the Pöllat river and provides incredible views of the Neuschwanstein.
The three Giza pyramids sit on a rocky plateau in northern Egypt, along the west bank of the Nile. Their construction required a massive amount of resources. The largest of the three is the Great Pyramid, which archaeologists believe was built around 4500 years ago. The pyramids look out over a complex that also includes the Great Sphinx, temples, a palace, and smaller tombs, or mastabas. Take your selfie inside the Great Pyramid, or opt for a shot with all three in the background.
The busiest crossing in Tokyo is also one of the most exciting. At the height of foot and vehicle traffic, between 1000 and 2500 people make their way across this intersection every two minutes. It’s a popular people-watching locale, with lots of huge advertising screens, shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues surrounding the area near the crossing. You’ll have an abundance of opportunities to capture a once-in-a-lifetime selfie here, but be ready to shoot and move. The traffic lights change quickly, cars are zooming by, and people don’t appreciate visitors blocking their paths through the crossing.
Travel to the western part of Ireland to see one of the country’s favorite destinations and land the ultimate scenery selfie. The Cliffs of Moher are 702 feet at their highest point and extend out five miles over the Atlantic ocean. Each season provides a new visual experience and an opportunity for an impactful selfie. Find your way to O’Brien’s Tower, or follow the Doolin Cliff Walk and the Coastal Trail to the Cliffs for the most awe-inspiring, panoramas.