Vacations and cameras go together like all-inclusive resorts and umbrella drinks.
People cherish the time off from their regular lives, and in most cases will carefully document each moment of the trip for a couple of reasons — first of all, they want to treasure the memories forever. And then there's the real motive: They want to make their Facebook friends jealous.
You know the type. We're talking about the people who post a picture of nothing but their perfectly manicured feet on a beach chair with crystal blue water in the background. To add insult to injury for the suckers back home, the so-called "friend" will describe said picture as "true bliss."
Luckily, not all travel photos are that staged. Every once in a while, something goes awry and tourists are left with a photograph that was "bombed" by a friend, family member or in the best possible scenario, a total stranger or animal.
Such was the case for three young women who were on vacation in the Cayman Islands. Sarah Bourland, Natalie Zaysoff and Kendall Harlan were visiting Stingray Island and happily posed for a picture in the water. Then the photographer reportedly placed a stingray on their backs, and their horrified reactions, contrasted with the stingray's smiling face, sent the picture viral.
But it didn't happen right away. The three women told The Huffington Post that they'd been trying to get the photo on The Ellen DeGeneres Show for five years to no avail. The picture was put up on image sharing sites Imgur and Reddit late last month, and quickly made its way across all the social networks.
The photo's popularity took Bourland by surprise. "I had no idea that this photo was going to become so huge," she wrote in an email to HuffPost Travel. "People then started sending me memes of the photo and that's when it hit me, I have reached meme status in my life! How many people can say that?!"
Here's our roundup of the funniest travel photobombs we've found. Did you get photobombed on a trip? We want to see it. You can upload it using our tool.
Satan's Spawn In Paris
A body-less demon child decided to jump into Amy Gibson's keepsake shot of her in front of the Eiffel Tower in 2002. Looks like AOL.ca's lead homepage editor will have to go back to the City of Lights for a retake.
It's not what it looks like, AOL account executive, Allison Burley, assures us. "We were in the Mayan Riviera for a family vacation in March. This was taken on our last night. We were waiting around for some family members to join us before heading to dinner, and we were taking a mix of funny pics, when my step-sis (shown on the left here) said 'Ok, let's get some nice ones of the couples now.' So we moved down for the nice 'moonlight and ocean shot' and she took a great shot of my boyfriend and I. This is what happened when my boyfriend went to take the shot of them."
A Special Kiss With An Audience
Smooching a giraffe was a major highlight of Dawn Cuthbertson's trip to Kenya in June 2012. It's not the amorous animal that bombed the AOL.ca homepage and HuffPost Canada Travel editor's special photo, however. Check out the creeper watching through another tourist's arms.
How About A Photo Of Me Instead?
AOL's Mark Melling, manager of mobile and video, had no intention of taking a photo of his colleagues. Leanne Mifsud explains: "A coworker and I were posing for a picture at the Toronto Blue Jays game recently and had (Melling) take the picture for us with my iPhone. When we looked at the photo afterwards, we realized we had been 'front-facing camera photobombed'."
We'd be hugging onto our luggage for dear life too if we lived with this lunatic.
Snapped at Sea World, this family outing was going well until the little girl turned around. credit: <a href="http://photos.ellen.warnerbros.com/galleries/sneaky_pets" target="_hplink">Amber S./Ellen.com</a>
An Animated Eyeful
Sure looks like Goofy had a magical time at Disney.
In The Right Place At The Right Time
They tried so hard to get their pose just right, but this tropical fish wanted to be the star.
The Cheese Stands Alone
Hot summer sun. Check. Bikinis. Check. Nudist who does the exact opposite of everyone else. Uh, check. All we can say is, thank goodness for that well-placed shoe.
Photobomb Seen Around The World
We'd be remiss not to include this photobomb, which was snapped at Stingray Island in Cayman Island. Sarah Bourland, Natalie Zaysoff, Kendall Harlan were taken by surprise when the photographer placed the smiling sting ray on top of their backs without them knowing. Credit: <a href="http://imgur.com/">Imgur</a>
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