Here at Backstreet Nomad I try and focus on the road less travelled and finding exquisite locations that are generally outside the realm of the average travel guide. But today I thought it might be fun to actually embrace these moments when being an epic tourist gets the better of us. Because lets face it, sometimes you do just want to be a tourist.

I’ve sourced a collection of epically touristy photos from around the travel blogging space.

Taylor from Once Were Young

Taylor: We traveled all the way to Asia for the McXperience of a lifetime. Where else do you have the chance to enjoy a Maharaja Mac or wai with Ronald?

Taylor Record - Praying with Ronald

Courtney from Jet Set Brunette

Courtney: I was clearly WAY too excited to show everyone I was in Sydney (awkward?)

Courtney Jones in Sydney

No way Courtney – just pretend it was Australia Day. You would have fitted right in.

Lexie from Steps to Follow

Lexie: In 2013 I had my first adventure in Rome. I was in Heaven: cheap and delicious food and wine around every corner, ancient Roman architecture that I only dreamed of while flipping through my Classics books in University. I must have lost my mind somewhere in-between all this because I found myself posing with “Spartacus” in a gory violent Gladiator photoshoot battle in front of the Colosseum which ended in our demise (see photo) for an epic €20.00! Normally people decline this sort of stuff (and with that price tag no kidding!) but we fell for it and loved it! It was a quirky and hilarious souvenir to bring home. We still talk about this photoshoot today!

Lexie Williams - When in Rome

Simone from The Aussie Flashpacker

Simone: A few years ago I worked in the US as a summer camp counsellor and when camp finished, seven of my friends and I did a epic road trip from Miami to Las Vegas! We stopped at every single state sign to get a group photo with it , but we missed the Nevada one, so decided to pull over & make our own version of the sign, using our best yoga moves! N E V A D A

Simone Lye Nevada with bodies

Don’t worry Simone, I’ve been to Vegas 3 times and I’m still yet to see the time. Maybe on my 4th I’ll make the effort.

Barry from Tools of Travel

Barry: This photo was taken at Angkor Wat temple, probably the most well-known and touristy temples in the world.
While staying in Siem Reap, Cambodia for one month earlier this year I booked a temple tour. The tour saw our tuk tuk driver take me and a travel buddy to visit all the main temples in Siem Reap over 3 days.
Now when it comes to travel memories I’m not normally a fan of holiday style photos, but this image always makes me smile just because how touristy it is. Not to mention my travel buddy looks like a hostage!

Barry at Angkor Temples

Ása and Andri of From Ice to Spice

It would seem that all Ása and Andri did in Cairo was take cliché travel photos. They sent me a collection and here are 3 of the best:

Ása/Andri: We were a group of 10 and our guide for the day spent most of the time making us pose in different positions. We found it all very awkward as he insisted that we should “kiss the Sphinx” and pose like old Egyptian gods in front of the pyramids. Anyway, today it’s amusing to go through these photos and have a good laugh about it.

Asa of From Ice to Spice kssing the Sphynx in Cairo Egypt

Asa of From Ice to Spice - Egypt Pyramids

Asa of From Ice to Spice Egypt Headless statue


Luke from, well here

Continuing with Ása’s theme of Egypt, I have one of my own. This is taken at the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple, around the corner from the Valley of the Kings. I’m not sure why but it just seemed to lend itself to tacky poses. It sure was a lot of fun though.

Epic Tourist photos at Temple of Queen Hatshepsut


Leaning Tower of Pisa

No post of this nature would be complete without someone holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Since no one contributed such a photo I found this one below on Flickr. Thankfully there are always tourists to hold up the tower otherwise it could well have fallen down by now!

Leaning tower of pisa
By Justin Ennis Via Flickr Creative Commons. Click to view source.

It’s great to get off the beaten track and explore places untouched by tourists or other visitors. But sometimes you just want to pick up your map and follow the crowds to the front page of your travel guide. And that’s ok too. There are no rules, just have fun and laugh.

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