If anything is an accurate marker of how traveling has changed over the last decade, it is the rise—or rather, crowds—of tourists standing with their backs to a beautiful view, landmark, or artwork, squished together with their arms (real or mechanical) outstretched before them, attempting to encapsulate their memories into a singular, often torturous selfie.
As technology improves and the prices of phones and cameras increase, it seems more travelers are leaning on their self-portrait technology instead on their trust in strangers. But you should really give it a go.
You’ll be more likely to get a decent photo with a less strenuous view. You’ll get to see yourself from someone’s perspective. Even if it’s another family or young couple taking photos nearby, find someone you can trust to get that additional angle.
The result may not always be pretty, but even if it’s not, it’ll be a fantastic memory.