The 20 Most Embarrassing Tourist Photos Ever

Whether it’s pretending to push the Leaning Tower of Pisa or gawping in front of Big Ben, many of us have been guilty of taking a clichéd vacation photo or two. These 20 snaps, though, take the cringe factor to a whole new level, not least because the tourists themselves look ridiculous and are often being highly offensive to boot.


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The Leaning Tower of Pisa has been photographed to death, so these two jokers can probably be forgiven for trying to get rid of it. That said, their method wasn’t exactly in the best taste.

As this photo reveals, people were taking clichéd tourist shots in front of the Eiffel Tower as far back as the 1970s. Let’s at least be thankful that fashion has moved on since, though.

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There’s always someone who has to sculpt a sandcastle in bad taste. This creation, however, looks as though it smells pretty bad as well.

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Ladies, you know the Beatles walked across Abbey Road, right? And you could have waited until waving high-heeled lady had got to the other side.


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At more than 554 feet high, the Washington Monument is considerably longer than the world’s largest manhood – which, it’s worth adding, almost certainly doesn’t belong to this guy.

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What these three lack in originality, they more than make up for in how well put-together their routine is. Okay, that’s not true either.

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Paris is the third most-visited city worldwide, so its tourist hotspots have been photographed in virtually every way possible. Kudos, then, to anyone taking an original snap of the French capital. But not the fools that staged this. Never the fools that staged this.

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Leaning in to kiss a Madame Tussauds waxwork in London is a total tourist cliché – and one that this woman renders even more annoying by making her far-off Beckham peck entirely unconvincing.


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“How’s it hanging?” “A little to the right. Thanks for asking.”

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Normally when you have your picture taken next to a statue, the worst you do is try to resemble it, not jump around like an overexcited idiot. This guy visiting Easter Island clearly didn’t get the memo.

If the Statue of Liberty could do so, she’d undoubtedly facepalm at the sight of this lot heading towards her. Them getting their cameras out en masse is bad enough, but there are no words for those sponge hats.

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Two things make this all-too-common Taj Mahal pose surprisingly entertaining: the man’s sharp jacket and the photographer’s compositional incompetence, which for all we know may have been entirely deliberate.

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This shrine in Thailand may be full of phalluses, but it’s a shrine nonetheless. That’s why rocking up in a bikini and posing next to it in a faux-cutesy manner isn’t really the done thing.

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This tourist should perhaps have realized the perils of being photographed beside a baby pachyderm. She won’t be forgetting this experience for a while, and obviously the elephant won’t either.

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Commemorating as it does the millions of Jewish people killed during history’s worst genocide, the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin is no place to be photographed while jumping around with your hands in the air. Beyond bad taste.

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“Could be a sacred statue,” says this Instagram user, “but I’m still gonna ride him!!” It’s not quite sacred, but this sculpture in Istanbul’s Gülhane Park depicts Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Turkey’s widely respected first president. So baseball cap guy is unlikely to have endeared himself to many locals.

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If you want to have your photo taken outside an ancient temple, then by all means go ahead. Just don’t disrespect said temple’s artistry by doing ridiculously exaggerated impressions of its statues.

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When Breanna Mitchell posted this happy selfie from Auschwitz on Twitter, she was, inevitably, roundly criticized. What’s more, she didn’t exactly make things better for herself when she questioned why smiling like this at the former Nazi concentration camp “is such a big deal.”

Is she pretending to give birth? Or maybe she’s… actually, never mind. Either way, it looks pretty darn painful.

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“To your right a bit. No, a little further. Carry on. Yep, keep going. No, you won’t fall into the water. Come on, a bit more… Oh, forget it.” A masterclass in how not to photograph the Toronto skyline.

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