Tourist spots that have banned the selfie

A selfie stick with a phone attached held up in the air

Snapping a selfie may feel like the most natural thing on your caravan or motorhome holiday, but there are some places where it’s illegal.

That’s right, some tourist spots have banned selfies for a number of reasons, meaning whatever you’re doing, you shouldn’t be doing it for the ‘gram.

To make sure you’re pre-warned before heading off on your next trip in your leisure vehicle, the team at StressFreeCarRental.com have put together a list of these places.

John Charnock from StressFreeCarRental.com said: “We all snap a few selfies while we’re on holiday whether it’s to show our family and friends what we’re up to or to hold onto as a memory.

 “The truth is that selfies are actually banned in some places and snapping a pic where you’re not allowed could land you in trouble and even result in a fine!”

New York big cats

You can snap away on Brooklyn Bridge or at the top of the Empire State Building, but not while visiting the big cats at any of New York’s zoos, carnivals or circuses.

The rule to ban selfies comes in the wake of a worrying trend in which visitors were putting themselves at risk while trying to capture pics with tigers and other large cats.

Jewel House at the Tower of London 

Taking selfies with the Crown Jewels is a security risk and there are 100 CCTV cameras set up to ensure visitors don’t break the rule.

In fact, no pictures at all are allowed of the glittering pieces, which are made up of more than 23,000 gemstones, and include the items used in the coronation of new kings and queens.

Garoupe Beach in southern France

This ban is not for security reasons or your own safety but for the sanity of others. The popular Garoupe Beach banned selfies to stop visitors from bragging on social media.

Instead, it encourages holidaymakers to enjoy the moment, making the sandy stretch a haven to escape cameras and camera phones.

Running of the Bulls in Pamplona

Another place where you really shouldn’t be focusing on taking a selfie instead of concentrating on what unpredictable animals are up to is the Running of the Bulls event in Spain.

Each year, spectators are injured as the bulls make their way through Pamplona’s streets and you could get a €3,000 (£2,580) fine.

West Japan Railway Company

The temptation to get an impressive sweeping view of the whole train by leaning out of the window with a selfie stick has proven too strong for some travellers aboard the West Japan Railway Company.

Selfies have therefore been banned, as the apparatus used to capture them can come into contact with the overhead wires and cause electrocution.

California wild bears

Just like getting up close and personal with NYC’s big cats is not advisable, neither is taking selfies with the wild bears of California’s Lake Tahoe region.

The authorities decided that the combination of large numbers of bears and selfie-taking tourists was not safe and banned the pictures.


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