An Ode to My Selfie Stick

by - Monday, November 30, 2015

Right quick:

On my recent trip to Taipei, a lady from the Philippines remarked how she was so impressed with how I seemed to be "taking it all in." She was on her very first international solo trip, and was inspired to travel more with or without people. I was humbled! You never know who is watching and observing you!

Now, I travel solo a lot. Usually people don't volunteer to take my photos for me and I don't generally ask since I carry the selfie stick. That's right. I've owned a selfie stick since it wasn't cool to have one. Now, I see every other person with one when I travel. It has created an interesting anomaly: those that don't have one now ask if I want them to snap a pic for me, slick (unwarranted) pity. I almost always oblige, only to be disappointed and end up retaking it myself. Mind you, I'm still shooting with my camera phone and will likely continue to do so, so I'm not expecting professional, DSLR quality pics but sheesh. I'm usually the focal point of all volunteer pics, and not the scenery surrounding me, whenever someone else snaps for me.

I'm even vocal about it: "Hey thanks for asking! I really love the way the mountains contrast the sky, can you make sure they're all fully in the shot? Thanks again!" all to no avail. It's me, half a mountain and no sky. Sad face.

At the behest of sounding ungrateful, I won't post examples, though I have plenty.

Instead, below are some of my best selfies taken to date, according to me of course (these pics are unfiltered):

Cape Town

Rio de Janeiro

Copacabana Beach

Iguazu Falls, Brazil

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Lantau, Hong Kong-probably the best selfie I've ever taken!
You'd LAUGH if I posted what the volunteer took after this one.


Hualien, Taiwan



All pics taken with a Samsung s5 or iPhone 6+.

The selfie stick has helped me create wonderful memories. So, here's to my fellow selfie stick lovers and users: may we never be ashamed (lol), and may we continue to flourish in our journeys across the Earth!

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