Hilarious Travel Photo Bombs
Part of the allure of traveling is being able to expect the unexpected.
While trying to take a selfie at Machu Picchu in Peru, you may be joined by a llama with a big goofy grin. Or in Europe, you may stage an artful photo only to find that, unbeknownst to you, three random dudes have decided to pose like idiots behind you.
Each of the following photos features a memorable photo bomber (or two, or three) who — we think — make the picture way better. After all, what’s the fun of taking pictures without a little unexpected silliness thrown in the mix?
If there's an animal better-suited to photobombing than the mischievous monkey, we know not what it is. Gotta love the introspective look, too.
Location of the photobomb: Phuket, Thailand, which is home to about 1,000 monkeys (who may or may not crash your pictures)
Keeping passengers safe is no joke, but crashing a selfie always is. So you have to give credit to these crewmembers who had some fun by playfully mocking a muscle-flexing pilot.
Location of the photobomb: A grounded (thankfully!) plane at Ontario International Airport in California
Now That’s Commitment
A group of strangers saw that a woman wanted to take an Insta-worthy city picture while traveling in Europe. So they decided to make her picture truly memorable by posing goofily in the background.
With their perfect angles and hilarious silly-serious expressions, it’s no wonder they had her laughing.
Location of the photobomb: Beautiful, historic Brussels, Belgium, where you may encounter one (or more!) mischief-makers
Their intelligence and playful personalities make llamas popular photo-bombers. Unlike their shyer alpaca counterparts, they are known to come right up and pose with you (assuming they’re not territorial or paranoid or too wild or any other possible issue that could make them not approachable…).
But, hey, if they do show up – it’s clearly worth it.
Location of the photobomb: Machu Picchu, hands-down the best place to have your photo crashed by a llama
Everything about this photo — from the excellent composition, to the tranquil pose, to the extraordinary scenery — is picture-perfect. Obviously a local rooster thought the same, deciding he wanted to be a part of the stunning shot.
It’d be easy enough to photoshop the accidental photo-bomber out, but leaving him in feels more authentic — not to mention way more hilarious.
Location of the photobomb: Pura Lempuyang Luhur temple in Bali, Indonesia, where roosters and hens abound
Shake It Off
These women were clearly posed and ready for their great beach shot when a dog came along and decided to really let loose. From the laughs and smiles on their faces, it seems they didn’t mind the intrusion. We hope they came up with a cute dog caption for their Instagram post!
Location of the photobomb: Sardinia, a dog-friendly Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea
Swinging on a wooden swing on a sunny day under a thatched tiki umbrella at a stunning golden beach might be the actual definition of relaxation. Can you really blame this happy pooch for wanting to enjoy the good vibes, too?
Location of the photobomb: A beach in Bali, Indonesia (which, it seems, is the absolute best place to go if you want to get photo-bombed!)
This isn’t the famous “Muscle Beach” in Southern California, but a beach with some muscles randomly thrown in. Hey, if we looked as fit as this photo-bomber, we’d be crashing pictures to show off too!
Location of the photobomb: La Concha, a crescent-shaped beach in the glitzy resort town of San Sebastián, Spain
It’s always nice to capture candid moments while traveling. Even something as simple as walking along the street can help give a feel for where you’re visiting.
You do need to be aware, though, that by posing along the street, you may encounter strangers who want to pose along with you.
Location of the photobomb: The artsy streets of Budapest, Hungary's historic-meets-modern capital city
Drink Like A Fish
These days, it’s not uncommon for people to pause before eating or drinking in order to snap an appetizing picture of whatever they’re about to consume. But there’s plenty that can go wrong in the process of capturing that picture.
You can have bad lighting, funky reflections — or a man can come along and put his full mouth on the glass behind you...really anything can happen!
Location of the photobomb: A restaurant in Rittenhouse Square, a historic neighborhood with a public park at its center in Philadelphia
We’ve already seen plenty of pictures where animals photo-bombed humans. It’s about time we saw a human photo-bomb an animal right back! This happily posing pup seems blissfully unaware of the human behind him throwing up classic “bunny ears.”
Unsurprisingly, it only made the adorable dog even cuter.
Location of the photobomb: The pooch-friendly San Francisco International Airport
You’ve finally made it to a beautiful fountain you’ve been wanting to see, and you can’t wait to get a picture in front of it. But, like so often happens, the world throws something more entertaining your way, when a young boy you don’t know does “the dab” in the background as you carefully pose.
Does this make the photo better or worse? You decide.
Location of the photobomb: Unclear. But as everyone knows, the dab is all-ages fun no matter where you are.
The Milan Cathedral in Italy is a gorgeous structure in the heart of a bustling modern European city. It’s an obvious place to snap a photo to show your family upon returning home.
And if a bird crashes the photo in just such a way as to block your entire face?
Location of photobomb: Milan Cathedral in Italy
Intense Eye Contact
Everyone’s been there: You become so interested in something that you seem to lose track of everything else around you.
That’s what happened to this little guy, who clearly didn’t realize that his fascination with this statue made him an accidental visitor in an otherwise perfectly posed photo.
Location of photobomb: North End in Boston
The Happiest Photobomb on Earth
Disneyland is well-known for being a happy place to visit. So happy that, if you take a picture, you may even have a worker decide to pop in and add more unexpected happiness to your shot.
Location of the photobomb: Disneyland Paris
Happily Ever Surfer
Wedding pictures taken on a beach can be stunning, but there are plenty of challenges to getting the right shot. Like, for instance, wind, sand, critters who don’t know to stay out of the frame — and surfers who want to watch you kiss while taking a break from riding the waves.
Location of the photobomb: Beach in Miami
“Yer a Goofball, Harry!”
Thanks to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a theme park located at Universal Studios in Florida and California, you can now visit the magical land where Harry Potter and his friends had their adventures. You can even get a picture drinking Butterbeer and holding a magical wand.
Just be aware that there are always people making mischief — just like in the books!
Location of the photobomb: Diagon Alley, Universal Studios
When traveling to a beautiful new place, you may want to capture a quiet moment on the street so you can remember the city’s ambiance. For some, getting the perfect contrast and balance in the composition is extremely important.
But even when you do your best to make sure everything is planned out perfectly, there’s always a chance that someone will zoom by on a bike and turn the shot into something totally different.
Location of the photobomb: Royal Palace outside Paris
They say Stonehenge has its own strange energy. And if that strange energy takes over your family, you’d better be ready for some goofy, photobombing family members to turn your nice picture into something very, well, unique.
Location of the photobomb: Stonehenge in Salisbury, England
When you go to a giraffe center, it’s normal to want a picture with a giraffe. Having the extraordinary creature in the background will add some serious pizazz to any shot you take.
But don’t be fooled — giraffes can photobomb, too! (Judging by the big smiles on their faces in this photo, visitors don’t seem to mind the intrusion.)
Location of the photobomb: Giraffe Centre Nairobi, Kenya
The brightly dressed child in this picture understandably figured they were going to be the star of this photoshoot. But even the cutest child can’t compete with a bouncing kangaroo.
Location of the photobomb: Jimboomba, Queensland, Australia
The only thing better than one photobomber? Two photobombers!
In this photo, the kid with the mini-flamingo pool toy likely thought he was the only one crashing his buddy’s picture. Little did he know there was another, stealthier photobomber getting up to mischief in the background...
Location of the photobomb: Bluegreen Vacations Cibola Vista Resort and Spa in Peoria, Arizona
Moo-ve Out of the Way
There’s nothing quite as nice as being active on a beautiful day in a gorgeous natural area and pausing to get a picture to remember the happy moment. That’s assuming, of course, you’re sharing the moment alone with just a friend, and not some four-legged uninvited friends in the background who want to photobomb your picture.
Location of the photobomb: Patrico Spoleto, Italy
It’s a classic tourist move to get a nice smiling picture in front of a recognizable building from whatever town you’re visiting. And sometimes, another tourist may be so kind as to join you in smiling for the camera...even if you don’t know who they are.
As they say, two smiles are better than one!
Location of the photobomb: Ingolstadt, Germany