They advised me to take a holiday because it would be enjoyable.
Except when it isn’t.
Because the truth is, no one is exempt from their vacation going from ripe to sour in no time, no matter how wonderful the photos on social media are, what the travel blogs say, or what the summer getaway packages promise.

The same may be said about holiday photos.
It’s no secret that having amazing images is a big part of why people travel.
Something to brag about on your Facebook page, something to post on Instagram, something to flaunt in front of your friends and coworkers, since humans are vain and it doesn’t take much to make us happy.

This is a safe space to discuss difficult topics.
So, if your fantasy vacation photos have ever come crashing down like a sand castle, know that you’re not alone.
At some point during our vacation, we’ve all looked like lost potatoheads and sunburned crabs, been photobombed, or been deceived by the weather.

#1 Tried To Take A Panoramic Picture Of The Eiffel Tower Today, It Went Surprisingly Well

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#2 My Sister Rented A Flat Here In North Of Iceland For Christmas, This Is Her View

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#3 It’s All About The Journey Though Right?

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#4 Thanks Tour Guide For Taking Such A Great Photo Of Everyone

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#5 Smile

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#6 Me, Outside The Duomo In Milan, Getting Photobombed. By A Pigeon

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#7 Going To Cristo And Taking A 3D Photo Is Priceless

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#8 Trying To Explain To The 70-Year-Old Swiss Man Who Offered To Take Our Pic That His Finger Was Covering The Lens

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#9 Bought These Binoculars Specifically To Go To The Grand Canyon Today

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#10 I’ve Noticed This Guy Just Now, A Few Days After I Took The Photo And This Photo Will Be In My Tourist Association Book

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#11 This Guy Having A Selfie With Mona Lisa

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#12 The “Waterfall” My Family Drove Two Hours To See

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#13 Climbed North Europa’s Tallest Mountain At 8100 Feet, And Got This Picture

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#14 Visited The Grand Canyon. Pictures Don’t Do It Justice

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#15 Not Mount Rushmore, But I Woke Up At 3AM And Hiked Up Machu Picchu To Be There At Sunrise

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#16 My Wife At The Top Of The Sears/Willis Tower On A Foggy Day

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#17 Expectation vs. Reality. Travel Edition

First picture is me at the Mar Rosado En Galerazamba 2 years ago. The next pic is what it looks like in 2021. The final picture is me looking embarrassed because I hyped this place up to my friends, and it was beyond disappointing.


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#18 Went To Go See The Golden Gate Bridge

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#19 Go To The Taj Mahal At Sunrise, They Said. It’ll Be Beautiful, They Said

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#20 What I Expected To See At Preikestolen vs. What I Got

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#21 Waited Forever For The Crowd To Dissipate To Take A Picture, Then This Happened

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#22 Missus Taking A Photo Of Me With A Llama vs. Me Taking A Photo Of Her. When The Llama’s Rear Becomes Your New Hairstyle

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#23 Went On A Hike Today Which Promised Stunning Views. My Pic Is On The Bottom

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#24 On Our Honeymoon In Hallstatt Austria

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#25 Unfortunately These Images Are Not An April Fools Joke. This Really Was Our View After Hiking The Famous Preikestolen. We Had To Rely On Google Images To See The View

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#26 The Only Photo I Have Of Myself On My Camera From My Only Overseas Trip

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#27 Travelled To London To Go On The London Eye

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#28 I See Your Scenic Photos Ruined By The Weather And Present The Time I Fulfilled A Life Long Dream To Visit The Taj Mahal

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#29 This Is My Wife And I At The Highest Point On Skyline Drive, Overlooking The Majestic Shenandoah Valley

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#30 Drove 4 Hours Round Trip To See An Active Volcano Today, While On Vacation

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#31 Guy Took Week Off Of Work To Climb Mountain Kilimanjaro And Raise Money For Charity. This Is The Picture His Guide Took At The Summit Before The Phone Died

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#32 We Hiked 3 Hours To Get A Good Picture Of Our Hometown. Our City Is On The Left

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#33 Travelled Nearly 300 Miles To The Northernmost Point Of Vietnam So I Could See China – This Was The View

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#34 Flew To Kauai To View The Na Pali Coast

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#35 Tried To Grab A Quick Photo While Driving Past The Washington Monument

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

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#37 Took My Buddy To The Grand Canyon For The First Time Today. Spectacular Views All Around

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#38 Finally Able To Travel To Paris And The Arch De Triumph Looks Like This. It’s An “Art” Project

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#39 Wait What?

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#40 I (Left) Was Excited To See The Tip Of Africa From Gibraltar But – Fog. Still The Closest I’ve Ever Been

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#41 Picture Of The Eiffel Tower, Taken In The Days Before Digital Cameras

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#42 I Traveled From UK All The Way To Germany To Take Photos Of The Devil’s Eye, But When I Got There

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#43 Expectation vs. Reality. At Least It Was Just A Four-Hour Hike

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#44 Months Of Saving, Travelled Over 5000 Miles And An 11 Hour Flight. Ladies And Gentlemen The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA

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#45 Travelled 10,000 Km To See The Total Solar Eclipse In Chile. Heavy Rain And Low Clouds Blocked The Entire Show

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#46 In Keeping With The Theme Of Not Checking The Weather Before Visiting Beautiful Vantage Points, Here’s Waimea Canyon, “The Grand Canyon Of The Pacific”

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#47 Family Vacation To The Grand Canyon. What A View

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#48 That One Family Photo That Sweet Little Old Lady Took For Us

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#49 The Time I Hiked Up A Mountain For This View

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#50 I Took Two Planes, A Shuttle Van, Train, Bus And Hiked To See Machu Picchu. This Was My View Today

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#51 Our First Trip To Kyoto And The Golden Pavilion Was Under Construction. Golden? More Like A Scaffold Pavilion

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