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30 Hilariously Unsuccessful Travel Photos

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We love taking a few snaps while on holiday, keeping memories alive and sharing our experiences in the world’s most beautiful and fascinating places with our friends. Good travel photographs capture the very essence of a destination; whether it be glorious landscapes, colorful culture, architecture, history or local cuisine.

We celebrate amazing travel photography and rightly so, but what about the times when it all goes wrong? Those hilarious occasions when people have traveled across the world and completely failed to share its beauty in a photograph, times when they would’ve found more culture in their local supermarket than that blurry pic of the pyramids. This list of disappointing travel photos is funny for its self-awareness; these people understand the irony of traveling thousands of miles to see something that just happens to be cloaked in fog or undergoing repairs.

Scroll down below to see a collection of the very worst travel pics ever taken, and share your own in the comments!

#1

I Finally Got To See The Golden Gate Bridge Today

So how can we improve our travel photography? Expert Vagabond has a few handy tips for beginners.

Wake Up Early, Stay Out Late: “The early bird gets the worm. I’m sure you’ve heard that phrase. Well, it’s also very true for travel photography. Light is the most important ingredient for great photography — and soft, warm, morning light creates amazing images.”

Pre-Trip Location Scouting: “Read travel guidebooks about your destination. Scour the internet for articles and blog posts to help give you ideas for photos. Talk to friends who have been there. Reach out to other photographers. Become more knowledgeable about which images will capture the essence of a place.”

#2

Traveled Thousands Of Miles To See The Big Ben

#3

Not Mount Rushmore, But I Woke Up At 3am And Hiked Up Machu Picchu To Be There At Sunrise…

Rule of Thirds: “One of the most basic and classic of photography tips, understanding the Rule of Thirds will help you create more balanced compositions. Imagine breaking an image down into thirds horizontally and vertically, so it’s split into different sections.”

“The goal is to place important parts of the photo into those sections and help frame the overall image in a way that’s pleasing to the eye. For example, placing a person along the left grid line rather than directly in the center. Or keeping your horizon on the bottom third, rather than splitting the image in half. Remember to keep that horizon straight too!”

“Composing using the Rule of Thirds is easily done by turning on your camera’s “grid” feature, which displays a rule of thirds grid directly on your LCD screen specifically for this purpose. Now, before you compose a travel photo, you should be asking yourself: What are the key points of interest in this shot? Where should I intentionally place them on the grid? Paying attention to these details will improve the look of your images.”

#4

After Our 9 Hour Car Ride, This Is The Picture My Mom Took Of Us At Mt. Rushmore

#5

Took A 6 Hour Coach Journey To See The View From Hitler’s Eagles Nest (Bavaria, Germany)

Make Photography A Priority: “Attempting to take quick snapshots as you rush from one location to another will leave you with the same boring photos everyone else has. Make sure you plan “photography time” into your travel schedule. Good travel photography requires a solid time commitment on your part.”

Patience Is Everything: “Photography is about really seeing what’s in front of you. Not just with your eyes, but with your heart & mind too. This requires dedicated time and attention. Slow down and make a conscious effort at becoming aware of your surroundings before pressing the shutter.”

“Pay attention to details. Are the clouds in an eye-pleasing spot? If not, will they look better in 15 minutes? Sit at a photogenic street corner and wait for a photogenic subject to pass by. Then wait some more, because you might get an even better shot. Or not. But if you don’t have the patience to try, you might miss a fantastic photo opportunity! Good photography takes time. Are you willing to spend a few hours waiting for the perfect shot? Because that’s what professionals do. The more patience you have, the better your travel photography will turn out in the long run.”

#6

4 Days Of Trekking Through Mud To Machu Picchu Resulted In This Glorious View

#7

Planned A Dream Trip To China. This Is What The Great Wall Looked Like

Always Bring A Camera: “There is a saying in photography that “the best camera is the one you have with you”. Be ready for anything, and always carry a camera around, because luck plays a pretty key role in travel photography. The difference between an amateur photographer and a pro is that the pro is planning in advance for this luck, ready to take advantage of these special serendipitous moments that will happen from time to time.”

“You never know what kind of incredible photo opportunity might present itself while you’re traveling. Maybe while out walking you happen to stumble upon a brilliant pink sunset, a rare animal, or some random street performance. Keep your camera on you, charged up, and ready for action at all times.”

For even more great tips like these, as well as some of the most amazing travel shots, check out Expert Vagabond for yourself!

#8

I Saved Up My Entire Life For A Dream Trip To Mt Fuji. Here’s The Best Photo From It

#9

Mt. Everest View At A Peak In Nepal

#10

This Is Me Experiencing The Grand Canyon

#11

Flew To The National Gallery In London To See Van Gogh’s Sunflowers (Free Entrance) Only To Learn It’s Been Loaned To Another Exhibition With $25 Entrance Fee….

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#12

Drove All The Way From Southern California To See The Golden Gate Bridge

#13

Drove 1 1/2 Hours Out Of Our Way To See Mount Rushmore. It Was Foggy When We Got There

#14

I Flew 10+ Hours To See Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

#15

My Parents Got To Visit Mt. Rushmore Today For The First Time. The View Is Spectacular!

#16

I Drove 21 Hours To Mount Rainier, And It Was Cloaked In Fog For Days

#17

Climbed To The Top Of Mt Fuji To See Sunrise At 04.30, But It Was Foggy And Wet And Cold

#18

8 Hour Flight, 5 Weeks Of Anticipation, And An Hour Long Bus Ride To See The Cliffs Of Moher. Fog Had Other Plans

#19

Went To Visit Casa Batlló In Barcelona

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#21

Hiked 4 Days To See Machu Picchu

#22

The Time I Flew 13 Hours To See The Great Wall

#23

Traveled All The Down To See The Golden Gate Bridge And This Is What I Got

#24

Traveled​ To Wittenberg, Germany In 2011. The Door Martin Luther Nailed The 95 Thesis To Was Being Restored

#25

This Is Why Selfie Sticks Were Invented

#26

My Trip To Mount Rushmore Last Year

#27

Flew To Another Continent To Watch The Glacier 3000, Cant Say Worth It

#28

When You Go To London To See Big Ben

#29

The Spectacle That Is Mount Rushmore

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