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.


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


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.
United States Four Corners
photo credit | StefZ


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… Pinching the Eiffel Tower
photo credit | vl8189


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.Abbey Road | Annette White


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…
Kissing Sphinx Egypt
photo credit | habi


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


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. Dead Sea Mud
photo credit | hrabina von tup tup


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.
Touching the Louvre in Paris


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. Tian Tan Buddha in Hong Kong


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…
Annette White & Hugh Hefner at Wax Museum


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.
Trevi Fountain Italy
photo credit | kara_vanmalssen


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.
Ride a San Francisco Cabe Car
photo credit | gilus_pl


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.
Annette White Kissing the Blarney Stone


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.
Posing with a London Royal Guard
photo credit | funparade


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.
Annette White at Avenue of Stars - travel pictures TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood
photo credit | coco mault


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 White in Red Phone Booth in London


Located at the back Rijksmuseum museum, the 6 1/2 feet tall and 77 feet long ‘I amsterdam’ sign draws countless visitors each year. Tourists can be found posing in front of it, inside of it and even on top of it.
I Amsterdam Sign
photo credit | leighton cooke

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


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  1. Stef January 13, 2014 at 1:29 am - Reply

    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! 🙂

  2. Al-Wasl January 13, 2014 at 3:52 am - Reply

    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.

  3. Mike | Earthdrifter January 13, 2014 at 8:56 am - Reply

    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!

    • Annette White January 13, 2014 at 11:54 am - Reply

      I am actually heading to Vegas in a couple of weeks for my birthday and I am so going to take a photo underneath the sign! Just call me “cheeseball queen” 🙂

  4. Andi January 13, 2014 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    I love cheesy travel pics!

  5. Ross January 15, 2014 at 9:27 am - Reply

    Good list. Iv been to a lot of these but only managed a few of the cheesy pics. Not sure why I didnt think of the rest of them.

  6. Ashley Bee @ Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine January 16, 2014 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    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!

    • Annette White January 16, 2014 at 4:05 pm - Reply

      Ha! My husband rolls his eyes at me too, but I still make him pose for the every single cheesy photo that I do 😉

  7. Ryan January 18, 2014 at 1:42 am - Reply

    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!

  8. Alison Mead January 19, 2014 at 4:44 am - Reply

    Done a few of these. Excellent ideas for more places to visit.

  9. Barbara January 22, 2014 at 11:15 am - Reply

    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

  10. vakta mondal January 22, 2014 at 10:25 pm - Reply

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

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

  11. Luke January 23, 2014 at 9:24 am - Reply

    That Royal Guard guy looks like he is trying to hold back a smile…

  12. Jade a January 23, 2014 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    These are as kitschy as they are fun! It’s fun trying to come up with new ones too 🙂

    • Annette White January 24, 2014 at 6:32 am - Reply

      I hadn’t thought about trying to come up with new ones!

  13. Heather January 24, 2014 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    Haha, these are great! I’m pleased to admit I’ve taken several of them, as well as some other doozies around the world!

    • Annette White January 24, 2014 at 4:34 pm - Reply

      Next time I should do a collaborative post feature other bloggers cheesiest photos!

  14. Patti January 24, 2014 at 11:56 pm - Reply

    These are great fun! I think kissing the sphinx is my favorite! Thanks for stopping by at One Road at a Time!

  15. Gisele January 26, 2014 at 7:10 am - Reply

    Nice! I have done most of it, now i only have to visit Vegas, Egypt, The Dead Sea and Hong Kong. 🙂

    • Annette White January 26, 2014 at 7:12 am - Reply

      Even though I have been to Vegas, I did not take a photo under the sign. That is number one on the itinerary when I go next week for my birthday 🙂

  16. vriender nishad January 26, 2014 at 7:10 am - Reply

    nies view

  17. Ellesse Santander January 26, 2014 at 7:15 am - Reply

    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.

  18. Karmen January 27, 2014 at 12:08 am - Reply

    You still have to pose in front of the Twin Towers in Malaysia 😉

  19. People January 27, 2014 at 4:16 am - Reply

    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

  20. NZ Muse January 27, 2014 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    I thought I’d got away with zero, till I got to the end! Ah well, two ain’t bad 🙂

    • Annette White January 27, 2014 at 3:05 pm - Reply

      Two is not bad at all, depending on which way you look at it 😉

  21. Mzuri @ Amani Afrika February 9, 2014 at 12:28 am - Reply

    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!

  22. Tom Fuszard February 11, 2014 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    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.

    • Annette White February 11, 2014 at 6:11 pm - Reply

      If I ever am in Milwaukee I will definitely being cuddling up to the bronze Fonz. I grew up watching that show!

  23. John Gorge February 14, 2014 at 5:50 am - Reply

    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.

  24. Daidri | Thee Getaway Gal February 17, 2014 at 9:02 am - Reply

    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.

    • Annette White February 17, 2014 at 3:06 pm - Reply

      The cable car is one that I have not done yet and I live less than an hour from San Francisco! Such a case of taking for granted what is in my own backyard.

  25. Maiteland February 19, 2014 at 5:58 am - Reply

    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!

    • Annette White February 19, 2014 at 12:30 pm - Reply

      Now you know what your next cheesy travel photo should be 🙂

  26. john smeeth February 23, 2014 at 1:00 am - Reply

    Awesome blog alone with beautiful pictures that shine your blog a lot. keep posting such beautiful blogs..

  27. Joseff May 27, 2014 at 6:13 am - Reply

    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.

  28. Luke October 14, 2014 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    Cool post :). I have two list item completed;)

  29. Inka March 3, 2015 at 12:38 am - Reply

    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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