Bucket List of 17 Cheesy Travel Pictures You Must Take

I typically forgo the fanny pack and bright white tennis shoes while traveling, but sometimes I do like to be the cheesy tourist snapping silly photos in front of crowded attractions. I mean who doesn’t want to get a picture of themselves crossing Abbey Road in London? Or standing under the famous Las Vegas sign? So, I compiled a Bucket List of 17 Cheesy Travel Pictures you must take for the folks who are a little bit corny like myself.

1. HOLDING UP THE LEANING TOWER OF PISA

The Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy is a famous lopsided, circular bell tower made of white marble. Holding up this impressive architectural structure, to prevent it from falling over, may be the most classic of all the cheesy travel pictures, though watching everyone else pose may be just as fun.

Don’t want to hold it up? There are plenty of other silly poses to do: Ten Alternatives to Leaning on the Tower of Pisa

Leaning Tower of Pisa at night

2. LAYING DOWN ON FOUR DIFFERENT STATES AT ONCE

America’s Four Corners is where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah meet. It is the only place in the United States where you can be in four states at once. Lying down sprawled out on this spot is popular amongst the tourists, but you sit cross-legged if you prefer.

Sit on the Four States at Once

3. PINCHING THE EIFFEL TOWER

In Paris, the iconic Eiffel Tower is a must see. Located on the Champ de Mars, the tower’s 1,000+ feet are hard to miss even from a distance. Enjoy the view and also try giving it a little pinch…


4. WALKING ACROSS ABBEY ROAD IN LONDON

On August 8th, 1969 a photographer spent approximately ten minutes taking six photos of the Beatles on Abbey Road in London. One of the six ended up being the album cover to Abbey Road and it made this crosswalk one of the most famous in the world. Tourists flock from all over for the chance to get a photo of themselves walking across Abbey Road. And I was no different.

Annette White walking across Abbey Road in London

5. KISSING THE GREAT SPHINX OF GIZA

The Great Sphinx of Giza is a colossal limestone statue in Egypt that guards the front of Khafra’s pyramid. It is a mythical character with the body of a lion and the face of a man. Why not give him a little smooch…


6. STANDING UNDER THE LAS VEGAS SIGN

Just south of Mandalay Bay you will find the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign where you can wait in line for the popular “Under the Vegas Sign” photo opp. See, Las Vegas isn’t just about gambling and dancing girls.

Photo Standing Under Las Vegas Sign - Annette White

7. COVERED IN MUD AT THE DEAD SEA

The Dead Sea is a body of water, bordering Jordan and Israel, that has a high salt content which allows people to easily float. The Dead sea mud is thought to have therapeutic qualities, so thousands of travelers slather it on their bodies before taking a dip into the water. Of course, snapping a photo before rinsing off is a bucket list must.

Annette wearing mud on her body before swimming to the Dead Sea.

8. TOUCHING THE LOUVRE PYRAMID

Not only do you to pinch the Eiffel Tower in Paris, but you should also touch the tippy top of the Louvre Museum pyramid. Another cheesy idea.


9. HOLDING BIG BUDDHA IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND

At 34 metres (112 Ft) feet tall, Hong Kong’s Tian Tan is one of the largest sitting Buddha’s in the world. Maybe it’s not the biggest, but it certainly is breathtaking. And by strategically placing him in the palm of your hand, no one could guess its massive size.


10. POSING WITH A WAX FIGURE AT MADAME TUSSAUDS

Millions of visitors have been awed by the wax figures at Madame Tussauds, which has museum locations throughout the world. And there is no shortage of celebrities to pose with. Mr. Hefner was my target…


11. THROWING A COIN INTO TREVI FOUNTAIN

The Trevi Fountain in Rome is one of the most visited attractions in Italy. And for good reason. Not only is it an impressive piece of art, it is also good luck to throw money into the fountain. It means that you will one day return to the eternal city.


12. RIDING A CABLE CAR IN SAN FRANCISCO

While traveling throughout San Francisco you are bound to witness a few jam-packed cable cars with happy people hanging off the sides. Be one of those people.


13. KISSING THE BLARNEY STONE

Kissing the Blarney Stone in Ireland is said to bestow the gift of eloquence. Who couldn’t use a bit of that? So, even though it will entail a laying on the ground and leaning backwards, give this stone a passionate smooch.

Blarney Castle: Captivating Castles in Ireland toTour or Stay on Holiday

14. POSING WITH A ROYAL GUARD IN LONDON

The royal guards seen at the London palaces are in charge of upholding traditions through their  ceremonial duties. But, they also make great photo props. Though they will not crack a smile for the camera, try to get close enough for a little snap shot.


15. COMPARING HANDPRINTS WITH A CELEBRITY

Both at Hong Kong’s Avenue of Stars and in southern California at TCL Chinese Theatre you can compare your hand prints to a celebrity. I chose to put my palms into the cement stamp of Jackie Chans.


16. IN A RED PHONE BOOTH IN GREAT BRITAIN

Along with the black taxi, the red telephone box has become iconic in Great Britain.  So, after you take your photo crossing Abbey Road in London, pop by a booth to make an easy two checkmarks on this cheesy travel photos bucket list.

Annette at a Red Phone Booth

17. POSING IN FRONT OF THE ‘I AMSTERDAM’ SIGN

How many of these cheesy travel picture ideas have you taken? How many will be added to your bucket list?


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46 thoughts on “Bucket List of 17 Cheesy Travel Pictures You Must Take”

  1. Love it! Even though I also love to explore places which are not that touristy, those tourist spots needs to be seen as they aren’t tourist magnets without a reason. And those cheesy travel photos are part of the fun! :)

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  2. Nice sharing. It’s really a beautiful place. I saw it in net now I want to see in real. Travelling is my hobby and I want to say share more information about it. Hope you will help me.

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  3. In my opinion: The three corniest are Vegas (That’s because I’m repulsed by gambling), and comparing prints with a celeb, and Madam Tussaud’s. That’s cuz I’m turned off by celeb idolization. :-)

    The two least cheesy are the red phone booth (Because those are just so cool) and the cable car (because I love efficient public transportation)

    What an entertaining post!

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  4. Ohh this makes my heart hurt for travel. Just took on a part time job so money will be tight for a while, but I am DETERMINED my fiancé and I will go on an abroad vacation BEFORE we get married–he’s never been out of the country! I am the cheesy picture taker, and he rolls his eyes at me, but this list could very well BE my Bucket List :) Thanks for the inspiration!

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  5. Oh…so very cheesy and so very amazing! Love them all, I definitely have to start getting on this cheestastic photography when I go to these places!

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  6. Well, I hate to admit it but we have 7 cheesy photos from your list! I actually love them and think they are quite cute and fun to take! Thanks for sharing your list, you have given us some great ideas…lol

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  7. Awesome blog as usual. Beautiful pictures that shine your blog a lot.

    Please keep share more photos with us ………………..

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  8. Great read!! Thanks for sharing:))
    I must admit I’ve done a few of them. Can not agree more that definitely must be on everyones bucketlist:))
    You just made my day…can’t help but smile at
    all these photos..gives me ideas as well.

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  9. McDonald’s of photography , one persons creative ideas is a thousand peoples’ cattle run into mindless participation if what they think is quirky enjoyment of a place. Look beyond the stamp contiki tour life guide and you may be pleasantly surprised at what else there is

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  10. Cheesy travel photos are great. I’d add to the list: pretending to be a Manneken Pis at a fountain like these guys, having a picture with the famous Hollywood sign, and also the Kilimanjaro sign – that’s on a lot of people’s bucket list!

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  11. This doesn’t quite rank up (down?) there with yours, Annette, but visitors to Downtown Milwaukee like to check out The Bronze Fonzi. Yep, they have a likeness of the famous Fonzi from “Happy Days” in Milwaukee.

    Woman are said to snuggle up to it; guys just wrap an arm around the shoulder. Despite living in metro Milwaukee, I have yet to meet the bronze Fonz. I guess I’ll have to do that someday.

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  12. Your Bucket List and destination of 17 Cheesy Travel Pictures that we Must Take is very interesting. I want also to have my picture at these places.

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  13. This is such a fun Bucket List, cheesy or not! The only one I’ve done is the cable car in San Francisco so I’ve got my work cut out for me. Even if you like to stay away from touristy things while traveling some have become tourist attractions for a reason… they’re memorable and historic. I can’t imagine having gone to Rome and not seen the Coliseum, it’s a must.

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  14. I have done quite a few of these. As many times as I have been to the Eiffel tower I never thought to take a picture pinching it!

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  15. Wow! That cheesy moments sound very fun! I love your photo of holding up the leaning pisa. I tried this one too but I think the photo was a fail but it’s okay, the experience was still the highlight of everything in the travel. Thanks for sharing this fun moments.

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  16. What an amazing funny collection of poses. I totally agree with out sometimes you just need these silly shots in your collection. I look forward to travelling to some of these, and maybe i will complile my own list at some point. best regards.

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