NOW 600 million of us use Instagram every month, and travel is one of the most popular subjects on the photo sharing app.
But before you get an attack of the green-eyed monster next time you’re rifling through someone’s glamorous holiday pictures, remember that what they show you on Instagram probably isn’t real.
Whether it’s a pensive traveller sitting alone at the foot of an Egyptian pyramid or a happy couple smiling peacefully in front of the Eiffel Tower, there are probably hundreds of identikit tourists lined up in a similar fashion just out of shot.
It’s amazing what a clever camera angle can do, like how a lens pointing upwards can crop out bystanders.
Similarly, a patient photographer can wait for the split second at a busy beach when no one is swimming in the subject’s tiny patch of water.
Read on to see how clever travellers can create the perfect image of their solo holiday, at what are actually the busiest tourist destinations in the world.
The Pyramids, Egypt
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Phi Phi Island, Thailand
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The Little Mermaid statue, Copenhagen
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St Paul’s cathedral from the Millenium Bridge, London
Chasing umbrellas __________________________________ #stpaulscathedral #stpauls #londonforyou #london4all #thisislondon @london #timeoutlondon #shutup_london #just_features #london_only #loves_london #Hq_UK #CanonUK
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The Brooklyn Bridge, New York
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The Eiffel Tower, Paris
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The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
I pushed it and it almost fell but it’s a lovely structure so I brought it back up but left it leaning hahahaha. The adventures of a traveling brother. #conquered#pisa#pisa🇮🇹#leaningtowerofpisa#italia#travel#travels#traveler#travelblogger#travelersnotebook#travelphotography#travelingram#travelph#igpics#dope#pose#adventures#journey#fromitaly#jetlife#wandering#mylife#travelphoto#europe#happiness
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The Great Wall Of China
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