Travel influencers, magazines, and documentaries may give you the impression that you can go anywhere and be able to take a perfect picture.

Unfortunately, there are forces conspiring against your perfect selfie. Rain, cloudy skies, fog, or crowds are just some of the obstacles that might get in the way of your awesome vacation.

That’s why we compiled a list of these travel fails. We’re sure people were bummed out the moment, but at least they all have a story to tell now.

20. Grand Canyon Fail

It still looks beautiful though!

My first time visiting the Grand Canyon and this happened.
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19. The Totally Straight Tower of Pisa

Yep, it’s not leaning anymore!

A friend of mine travelled all the way to Italy and somehow managed to take a picture of the leaning tower of Pisa that doesn’t show it leaning 😂
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18. Havasupai Falls: Expectation vs. Reality

And reality hits hard!

Hard-to-obtain permits for a 10mi hike to see Havasupai Falls
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17. It Could Be Literally Any Bridge

But it’s the Golden Gate Bridge.

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16. One Man’s Idea of a Close-Up

Close-up of the trees though.

My friend is on vacation in Hawaii, and she asked this man to take a picture of her. He told her, “I got a close up.” Bless this man.
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15. Not The Most Auspicious Paris Visit

She captured a historic moment?

My moms first time visiting Paris
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14. Great Documentation of This Epic Hike!

120 mile solo hike. Asked an elderly passerby to take a photo for me. I checked it right away but he struggled enough with the touch screen that I didn’t ask him to take another.
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13. It Could Be The Top of *Any* Rock

But it was New York City’s Top of the Rock.

I was in New York for the first time in my life. My wife and I spent almost 10 hours on a plane, crossed the Atlantic Ocean and flew 7,500 kilometers. We climbed the top of the rock to enjoy a view of central park. We had only one day in New York and this view will always be with us.
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12. Under Construction, Sorry!

Big Ben will look beautiful again someday, just not now!

I finally got to see Big Ben
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11. A Beautiful Hike Just For This Slippery View…

Is anyone else getting vertigo just looking at this?

Hicked one of Norways most beautiful trails for 3.5 hours through the rain to be rewarded with this stunning view
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10. St. Louis’ Gateway Arch Still Looks Cool

Visited St. Louis for the first time and was told I had to see the famous Gateway Arch..
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9. Another #GrandCanyonFail

It’s still beautiful!


8. A Magnificent View of This Mt. Fuji Painting!

Visited Mt Fuji for the first time. The view was magnificent.
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7. The Majestic Salkantay In Perú

This is a mountain you see on the way to Machu Picchu.

My view of the mountain I trecked about 15 hours to see
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6. There’s Never Enough #GrandCanyonFail

It seems there are quite a few cloudy days there.


5. Mt. Rushmore Is Still Amazing

It’s just too bad he wasn’t able to see it.

Travelled 2,000+ miles to Mt. Rushmore. It is what it is, I guess.
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4. A Wonderful View of Times Square!

The view from my 65th floor “Grand Times Square View” hotel room.
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3. Yet Another Wonderful View of Mt. Fuji!

Well, the fog is quite striking.

To the guys who finally got to see the Golden Gate Bridge & the Grand Canyon: This is my view of Mt Fuji, Japan

2. Great Wall of China #SelfieFail

He took the fog well.

The day I visited the Great Wall of China.
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1. A Cool Shot of Taj Mahal

Just not how they expected it.

Went to see the Taj Mahal this morning.
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Alright, those are some pretty hilarious travel fails, but we want to hear from you!

Do you have an epic travel fail shots you want to share? You know what to do… post them in the comments!