35 Pictures That Show Flawed But Beautiful Vacations

By: Emma Roberts | Last updated: Oct 06, 2023

This photo has us scratching our heads! Is this guy really taking a photo of something hidden in the trash, or is he just having a bit of fun? Whatever the case, he’s sure to be capturing a unique snapshot of the garbage. 

We can’t quite tell what his intentions are, but we can’t help but wonder if he does this on every vacation he takes! Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and find out the real story behind this odd photo.

Rescue Mission: Horse Wrangler Caught in an Unfortunate Moment

This poor man was in dire need of help! Just as two lovebirds were about to share a romantic kiss, their horse wrangler was struggling to stay afloat in the water. 


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His head was barely above the surface and he seemed to be the one most affected by this image. Surely, when the couple looks back on this moment, they will feel a mixture of embarrassment and amusement. Let’s come together to save this brave soul!


A Terrifying Yet Memorable Experience! 

This baby’s expression surely says it all! She may have been scared but it certainly makes for a memorable experience. Don’t worry sweetheart, this dolphin just wanted to say hello to you visiting the zoo! 


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Who would have thought that having their child come face to face with a dolphin would be a good idea? Nonetheless, when she grows up and looks back on this photo, it will be a hilarious memory to cherish!

Ugliest Feet in the World Competition: Winner Declared

This guy got more than he bargained for when he spent a day in the sun – a sunburn so bad he was left with the ugliest feet in the world! 


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Unfortunately, he didn’t realize the extent of his sunburn until it was too late. Sneakers are now the only thing he’ll be wearing for the next few weeks. It’s time to put on some flip flops and say goodbye to crocs!

Sunscreen: Learn From These Two's Painful Mistake! 

These two will never forget to put on sunscreen again! Not only that, but this photo of their painful sunburns will be a lasting reminder for the next generation to make sure they lather on the SPF. 


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How these two are going to get out of their bathing suits without screaming in pain is a mystery. But before they do, they should send this pic to Coppertone and see if they can get a deal for an ad campaign. This photo is sure to get people to wear sunscreen!

An Unexpected Friendship! 

It’s a sight you don’t see every day – a little kid, basking in the sun with a monkey and a parrot as his companions! This amazing photo is, in fact, real and captures a moment of unexpected friendship between the animals and the child. 

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From the child’s relaxed expression, it is clear that he feels at ease with these furry and feathered friends. Who needs Dr. Doolittle when we have this cuter version of the same? We bet this photo will be a source of pride for this kid for years to come!


Swimming With Sharks: Would You Take the Risk?

Adrenaline-seekers, take note! This isn’t a scene from the movie Jaws – it’s a real-life photo! Despite the presence of a warning sign, many beachgoers were undeterred by the possibility of a shark encounter and chose to take a dip anyway. 

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But is it really worth the thrill of a swim, even with the risk of a shark attack? We can understand the temptation if this was your only chance to get in the water on your vacation, but hopefully, everyone who got in the water came out unscathed!


Unconventional Beach Look: Not Recommended! 

Do you ever feel a bit awkward when you take off your shirt and pants to reveal your swimsuit at the beach? Well, this man doesn’t seem to have any qualms, as if he’s in the middle of changing and doesn’t care who’s watching. 

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However, we can’t recommend this look if you’re planning to spend a day at the beach. Not only is it uncomfortable for you, it’s also uncomfortable for everyone else! So, ditch this unconventional beach look and enjoy your day with confidence and comfort.


Capturing the Perfect Family Photo – Even With a Sneeze! 

Capturing a perfect family photo can be a challenge for any parent, especially with a group of siblings! But when you finally manage to get everyone lined up and looking in the right direction, it’s a heartwarming moment. 

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That is until a sneeze or a sudden gust of wind gets the best of one of the kids! But that’s all part of the challenge, and hopefully, after a few tries, you’ll get that perfect Christmas card shot!


Mickey Mouse's Hilarious Photobomb Moment! 

Is Mickey Mouse having a meltdown? It certainly looks like it from this hilarious photobomb moment! It appears that the beloved Disney mascot has grown tired of cheese and is looking for a change. 

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Captured at the perfect angle, this little girl gave the perfect pose for her vacation picture, with Mickey’s crazed look adding the perfect comedic touch! What an unexpected surprise this must have been for the family!


Surprise Photobomb! Couple Poses with Uninvited Guest at Brandenburg Gate 

Imagine taking a selfie with your significant other, only to find an unexpected guest photobombing your moment! That’s exactly what happened to one couple outside the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany. The intruder’s identity remains a mystery, but it was clear that he was quite taken with the couple’s photograph. 

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The couple was left stunned, yet amused, by the sudden appearance of their uninvited guest. Although it would have been unsettling to have this face looking back at them from the camera, the couple eventually got the shot they needed.


Monkey Business Gone Wrong: A Cringe-Worthy Moment Captured!

This man got more than he bargained for when he encountered a monkey in a foreign land. In certain countries, monkeys are allowed to roam freely due to cultural and religious beliefs. 

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Although this man may have wanted to get a closer look, he certainly didn’t plan on getting this close! The unforgettable photo of him being hugged by a monkey is sure to bring laughter for years to come.


Double Trouble - The Spooky Result of a Selfie Gone Wrong

Behold the spine-chilling result of a selfie gone wrong. At first, it looks like three people in the picture, including two twins. But take a closer look and you’ll realize the ‘twins’ are actually sharing a neck! 

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It all happened when the man tried to take a panoramic shot with his phone camera. Unfortunately, his girlfriend sneezed just at the wrong moment, resulting in this bizarre glitch. So the next time you’re taking a selfie, make sure your sneezes are in check!


Feeling Frigid? Create an Amazing Hair Sculpture! 

Want to make an amazing hair sculpture? All you need is a hot spring and some super frigid air! Just like the girl in the photo, you can experience the thrill of this wild hair adventure! Just make sure you’re ready to move to a warmer place once you’re done. 

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This breathtaking photo was taken when the girl flipped her wet hair back into the -20-degree air, creating an incredible hair sculpture that, hopefully, won’t hurt too much when it begins to melt away. So why not give it a try? With the right conditions, you too can create an unforgettable hair sculpture!


A Close Encounter with Wildlife! 

This woman’s travel plans may have taken an unexpected turn! After all, who would expect to be faced with a giant bird while on vacation? 

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Her facial expression and tight grip on the llama show that she was anything but prepared for this close encounter with wildlife. The llama looks just as shocked, which is understandable as it’s not every day you come face-to-face with a large bird. It just goes to show that traveling can be full of surprises!


When Waves Attack: A Hilarious Attempt at a Couples Photo! 

Imagine the scene: a family on the beach, ready to capture a treasured moment with a beautiful beach background. But then, out of nowhere, a huge wave comes crashing in, taking the couple completely by surprise! 

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The couple had no time to react before they were hilariously knocked off their feet by the wave. It was all over too quickly before they could even snap that perfect photo. We’ve all been there – trying to fight off a wave, and almost always ending up losing. This couple can certainly relate!


A Kiss to Remember: A Child's Close Encounter with a Camel 

Who would have thought that a kiss from a camel could be so memorable? For one little girl, it was an experience that she’ll never forget. 

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While a close encounter with a camel is not something we would ever dream of, this courageous child was kissed by one – on her face and her hair! We can’t be sure what she will think when she looks at this photo in a few years, but it’s definitely one that’s worth remembering.


Run, Don't Walk! 

Couples seeking the perfect romantic beach vacation photo should think twice before taking that run on the sand! Despite the allure of a romantic jog on the shore, it’s not always as easy as it looks. 

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Just ask this couple, who was having a blast – until the woman tripped and literally fell flat into the sand! So, while the beach can be a great setting for a sweet snapshot, remember to take it slow – and have your phone ready, just in case!


The Painful Jump for the Perfect Vacation Photo! 

Traveling with friends is always a blast, but when you spot something cool in your vicinity, the trip takes a whole new level of fun! This was the case when two friends visited Byron Bay and stumbled upon a beautiful mural. 

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They thought it would be a great idea to take a funny picture with one of them jumping into the ocean. The result was a unique vacation photo, but the landing was not so pleasant!


Sunscreen Rookie Mistakes: A Family Vacation Story 

It was a vacation like no other – the family’s first ever! In the excitement, rookie mistakes were made. Incorrectly applying sunscreen resulted in sunburn for some members. It seemed the family had overlooked the importance of rubbing the lotion in and ensuring it covered their skin. 

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However, one thing is for sure: they won’t be repeating this mistake again! With a newfound understanding of the importance of sunscreen, this family can look forward to future vacation experiences with greater sun safety knowledge.


Relax and Enjoy Your Vacation - Acrobats Show Off Their Skills on a Bridge! 

We all know that a vacation is not complete unless you have some eye-catching pictures to post online. These two acrobats took it to the next level, showing off their skills on a bridge! 

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While we are certainly impressed, we also want to remind them to relax and enjoy their vacation – no need to try that hard! There’s nothing wrong with taking time to enjoy the moment and creating some beautiful memories.


Get Ready for the Most Tacky Family Vacation Photo Yet! 

Are you ready to experience the most audacious family vacation photo ever? This family in Hoi An, Vietnam put their creativity to the test by going all out with a matching print and pose. 

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Behold the sight of four family members wearing the same clothes and striking the same pose – it’s a sight that’s both delightful and terrifying! So, get ready for the ultimate family vacation photo that’s sure to make you laugh.


A Lonely Dinosaur's Failed Friendship Attempt

Australovenator had a dream: to make a friend. But, sadly, this dinosaur couldn’t seem to make things work—each time it tried, the other party ran away! 


This picture captures the failed friendship attempt perfectly, with the poor dinosaur, the scared girl, and the frustrated parent all in the frame. Everyone had hopes for the moment, yet none of them got what they wanted. A sad reminder that friendship isn’t always easy.


The Enduring Cliché of Tuscany

Tuscany is a classic tourist destination, and one of its most enduring clichés is posing with the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa. It’s the same photo that millions of travelers have taken before and countless more will take in the future. 

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While the world is constantly evolving, some things will always remain the same. So why not embrace the nostalgia and snap a timeless picture of your own? Make the most of your trip to Tuscany and do your part to keep the timeless cliché alive!


An Ode to the Time and Effort Behind Every Picture 

The snapshot might seem idyllic but there’s more to it than meets the eye. At first glance, these two seem like they’re having the time of their lives, lounging on their own sofa bed at the beach. 

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But, if you take a closer look, you’ll realize that all the time and effort it took to get there is far from a chill time. Behind this picture is a story of dedication that deserves to be commended.


The Struggle is Real: The Everlasting Battle of the Beach Boardwalk 

We’ve all been there. That awkward moment when you’ve exposed a little more than intended while at the beach. We point and laugh, but let’s be honest – we’ve all experienced that embarrassing moment at least once. 

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And when the beach boardwalk presents an irresistible offer of crane machines, what else can a mother do but put on a cover-up and try and help her son win a prize? Let’s face it and admit it – the struggle of the beach boardwalk is real.


A Realistic Picture of the Beach and Life 

Tempting magazine covers and Instagram posts can give us a false impression of the beach – perfect abs, beautiful sunsets, and people feeling completely at ease. But, the reality of the beach can be far from that ideal. 

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Windy, sandy, and with no one truly feeling their best, the beach can be a reminder that life isn’t always as comfortable as we’d like it to be. This photo serves as a reminder to keep our expectations realistic, both when it comes to the beach and life itself.


A Classic Family Portrait - But Not Quite! 

It’s a classic family portrait – but not quite! Most of us can relate to this – either as the mischievous child or the exasperated mother. It’s a scene that can be familiar to many, but not often seen on camera. 

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We all take the perfect family photos today and delete the ones that don’t make the cut, but back in the day, it was not so easy. We can only imagine how the mother felt when she saw this photo. She probably asked to have it removed from all photo albums!


Mischievous Monkeys: The Ultimate Tourist Pranksters 

Monkeys may seem cute and innocent, but don’t be fooled! These mischievous creatures have been known to cause all sorts of trouble for unsuspecting tourists. From stealing food and hats to getting too close for comfort, these little pranksters are always up to something. 

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This little guy was caught getting a little too close while begging for food – it’s enough to make any tourist smile! But keep a close eye on your belongings – you never know when they’ll pull a fast one!


Embrace the Unexpected - Even on Vacation 

Life is full of surprises, even when you’re on the perfect beach vacation. This young lady found out the hard way when she was hoping to get the perfect beach photo to post online. 

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Instead, she was photobombed by an old lady, drinking a beer and having the time of her life. Instead of moving away, she decided to make the best of it and embrace the unexpected. In the end, it made for an even better story.


The Chaos Causing Ostrich 

The friendly creatures that appear in Disney movies to help princesses with their hair might give you unrealistic expectations about birds. But the truth is, most birds prefer chilling in the sky. Not the ostrich, though. 

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This giant bird is too big to fly, and it chooses to cause chaos here on the ground. From this picture, it’s easy to see that its favorite activities are eating and stealing. So, if you don’t want to get caught in its mayhem, it’s probably best to keep your distance!


Cops and Cuties: A Spring Break Saga 

We all have those classic spring break holiday photos that we’ll never forget – for better or for worse! This particular one is a real head-scratcher. It’s a classic case of photobombing, but it’s unclear who is photobombing who. 

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Was the young man being taken into custody interrupted by the girls, or were the girls the ones who were interrupted by the police? It’s a mystery that we’ll never be able to solve, but we can only imagine the incredible story that lies behind it.


The Endless Quest for the Perfect Picture 

The quest for the perfect picture in a public place can be an incredibly frustrating experience. You take the shot only to find that one of you had your eyes closed or that a bunch of people had walked in front of you. 

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And just when you thought you’d finally gotten the picture, some guy with a broom showed up. The photographer of this picture waited forever, but still couldn’t get the perfect shot. How frustrating!


A Narrow Escape: A Baby's Brush With a Tiger 

It was a close call! Taking a baby to visit a tiger might sound like a fun idea, but it could have had disastrous consequences. After all, the tiger might have looked at the little one and seen the perfect after-dinner snack! 

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Thankfully, no harm came to the baby, and everyone got a nice picture to remember the day. So, next time you’re thinking of taking a baby to see a tiger, remember the risks and proceed with caution!


The Awkward Reality of Posing for a Family Photo 

We all know the importance of a good family photo, but nailing that perfect pose can be harder than it looks. A couple of amateur models, a horse, and an exhausted horse trainer, this family photo is proof of that! 

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With the couple awkwardly lying down on the grass and the trainer looking bored, it’s a scene that begs the question – why do we even bother with family photos? While it’s not always easy, it’s worth it for the memories.


The One Way to Look Cool on Social Media: Take a Mud Bath! 

It’s likely that when this man took his amazing vacation photos, he didn’t plan on looking like this. But, sometimes life throws us a curveball and this is the result – a mud bath! While mud baths are known to be great for the skin, it’s not something you’d expect to post on social media. 

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However, if you can think outside the box, this man looks like he could have auditioned for the lead role in a musical version of Shrek! So, if you’re looking for an eye-catching way to stand out on social media, try taking a mud bath!