Do you rate your selfie skills but want to kick things up a notch? Forget fancy cameras. With one of these spectacular backdrops, taking the selfie to end all selfies is as easy as strike a pose, click and post – voila!
1. Great Wall of China
Stretching for more than 20,000 kilometres along the historical northern borders of China, the Great Wall is the perfect background for a truly special selfie. For the best scenery, head for Jinshanling, set on steep slopes and dotted with watchtowers, or Mutianyu, winding along lofty, cragged mountains.
2. Colosseum, Italy
The world’s largest amphitheatre is just one of Rome’s many treasures, but arguably the most incredible, with a gory and fascinating history stretching back to 70 AD. Whether you’re a history buff or fancy yourself as a modern day gladiator, it’s hard to take a bad selfie in the Colosseum, so weave your way through the crowd and snap away.
3. Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
Tilting almost 4 metres out of alignment, Pisa’s freestanding bell tower is instantly recognisable around the world and equal parts impressive and perplexing. How does it stay upright? How did its architect get it so wrong? Regardless, you can’t leave Italy without a photo of yourself holding up the leaning tower. Cheesy or not, it has to be done!
4. Niagara Falls, Canada
110,000 cubic metres of bright green water fall over the crest of Ontario’s Niagara Falls every minute, tumbling down to the Niagara River 50 metres below. If you can tear your eyes away from the mesmerising sight for long enough to grab your camera, it’ll make for a stunning shot.
5. Stonehenge, UK
Visit Stonehenge in summer at dawn or dusk for moody, colourful skies and mild weather. Built between 3000 and 2000 BC, this giant prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England is humbling and thought-provoking, ideal for a more subdued and pensive self-portrait.
6. Taj Mahal, India
India’s richly-decorated white marble masterpiece, the Taj Mahal is an opulent and exotic sight. Visit from October to February for cooler weather (avoid Fridays when the grounds are closed) and wander in the beautiful gardens to find the perfect location for your solo photo shoot.
7. Matterhorn, Switzerland
The Matterhorn’s striking silhouette is the perfect backdrop for a selfie. Its four steep faces rise above the town of Zermatt and the surrounding glaciers to form that distinctive pyramid shape. Take your snap on a clear day so the white mountain really stands out against the blue sky and no clouds or fog obscure your prize shot.
8. Machu Picchu, Peru
This 15th-century Inca site located 2,430 metres above sea level in Peru is a spectacular selfie location. Go from May to September for sunny skies and in the morning for a magical misty backdrop to your pic as moisture rises from the Urubamba River 450 metres below.
9. Eiffel Tower, France
Practice your best nonplussed Parisian expression and join the crowds to get a photo with La Tour Eiffel. You’ll need some skill to get yourself and the whole tower in the picture if you’re close to the base, so a low angle shot may be your best bet, although not necessarily the most flattering! Otherwise move back and take your shot from a distance.
10. Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt
The Great Pyramid of Giza is the world’s largest pyramid and sole survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The shape and shiny surface of this pyramid is said to symbolise the rays of the sun, so may we suggest capturing some artistic sun flare in your pyramid selfie to stick with the sunny theme? Lens flare is caused by strong light hitting your lens, so shoot into the sun for the best results.
11. Hollywood Sign, USA
Erected in 1923 and originally reading ‘Hollywoodland’ to advertise a new housing development, these days California’s iconic sign in the Hollywood Hills makes for a seriously stylish selfie companion. Get glammed up in Los Angeles then strike a pose from Griffith Observatory to get yourself and the whole sign in shot.
12. Empire State Building, USA
New York City’s famous 103-story skyscraper is an American cultural icon. But the real winner in terms of selfie backgrounds is the jaw-dropping view from the building’s observation deck. Head up at night for the pretty lights and re-enact one of your favourite film scenes shot here, or just smile and let the view speak for itself.