Happy Relaxation Day! In honor of the holiday, and because we’re feeling antsy in our cubicles, we’ve rounded up some of the most stereotypical vacation “relaxation” photos out there. Cue the “foot selfie,” that shot that screams “I’m relaxing on vacation, aren’t you jealous?” or “No big deal, I’m just chilling on the edge of one of the most spectacular sights on earth.”
Here are some of the worst (in other words, most jealousy-inducing) offenders:
2. “We have the whole beach to ourselves!”
3. “Channeling my inner cowgirl.”
4. “Owning a boat is demanding.”
5. “My sunset view is pretty decent.”
6. “Yeah, I’m relaxing now, but I can jet off in my speedboat whenever I want.”
7. “What? You mean you’re not spending the day hanging out on Ha Long Bay?”
8. “Hiking the Inca Trail didn’t even ruin my pedicure!”
8. “Just chilling on the edge of the Grand Canyon.”
If you’re anything like me, perhaps you’re a bit too…lazy to send postcards when you’re on vacation trip. Like most of us, I got sucked into the convenience of email, and it was a good excuse to not deal with looking for a post office in a foreign country. On the other hand, I love sharing vacation photos. Which, understandably, tests the patience of those who failed to receive a postcard from me while I was on said trip.
If you possess similar habits, I suggest you check out Postcardly. This recently-launched company allows you to email photo attachments from your laptop, an Internet cafe, or your Smartphone. Postcardly will then turn that photo into a real postcard (you provide the text, and they print it up on the back of the card), and mail it to as many people as you want (delivery takes between one day and a week). Postcardly isn’t the first company to come up with this concept, but it differs in that their postcards are the real deal; they’re not a phone app (i.e. no need for roaming capability or a global phone), pop-out cards, or printed on flimsy stock. They’re keepsakes, if you will.
Pretty nifty, especially for kids or people like my dad, who can’t fathom computers (or really, anyone; who doesn’t love receiving a postcard?). Postcardly costs $4.99 a month for five postcards, $9.99 a month for 15 postcards, or a one-time charge of $19.99 for 20 prepaid postcards. Currently, they only mail cards mailed domestically; international service coming soon. Go here for a free trial of three postcards. And don’t forget to write!
There’s nothing wrong, per se, with taking cheesie vacation photos. They make you laugh, they help you remember trips and they became cliche only because so many people enjoyed taking them. We stick our heads through wooden cutouts so that we have cartoon bodies. We pretend to hold the Taj Mahal in the palms of our hands. What we all probably fail to realize is how we look to everyone else while we’re taking those pictures.
This fantastic shot by Flickr user Flavio@Flickr shows what a gaggle of people pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa look like to the rest of us. Without the tower in proper context, it looks like a bunch of tourists doing the Thriller dance in an arbitrarily chosen location. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course. They all took home photos that made them laugh. And we can all laugh at them. It’s a win-win, really.
Have a picture of tourists taking pictures? Or just some great travel photos? Submit your images to Gadling’s Flickr group and we might use one for a future Photo of the Day.
In their very own Lost flashback moment, a Florida couple has discovered that they crossed paths much earlier in their lives — on childhood vacations at Walt Disney World.
Days before their wedding, Donna Voutsinas was showing her then-fiance Alex old family photos, when she came upon one of her and her siblings posing with the pirate Smee at Walt Disney World.
But, as the couple told WESH TV, Alex was more interested in the man pushing a stroller in the background. Turns out, it was Alex’s father pushing the stroller that Alex was riding in.
At the time, Donna’s family lived in Florida, and Alex was visiting the Sunshine State from Montreal.
The Voutsinases met decades later at work, not at Walt Disney World. Today, they live in Boynton Beach, Florida.
“Just to be in the same picture with my wife when we were basically toddlers, it’s unbelievable,” Alex Voutsinas said.