Selfie sticks are heaven-sent accessories to those who aren’t gifted with long limbs but love snapping photos of their faces from a farther range. However, not everyone is head over heels for these monopods. In fact, a number of tourist hotspots have banned the use of selfie sticks, limiting visitors to snapping photos (if allowed) at their arm's reach. Does it seem like the worst possible thing? Not really. So if by chance you’re planning a summer trip to one of these places, be sure to leave the wand of vanity in your hotel room.
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THE COLOSSEUM, Rome
The 2000-year old monument prohibits the twirling around of selfie sticks as it can become unwittingly dangerous. In fact, two American tourists have been arrested after carving their names into the wall after snapping a photo. Shame.
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Marie Antoinette will let you have your cake but there is no way she’ll allow you to whip out a selfie stick in the hall of mirrors.
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THE SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM, THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, and THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, New York
Want a photo with that giant elephant? Stretch your arms or ask your tallest friend to snap your groufie for you. The Smithsonian and the MET both strictly prohibit the use of these sticks.
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LOLLAPALOOZA and COACHELLA, Chicago and California
They happen only once a year (well fine, Coachella has two weekends) and the only way for you to be able to snap that top shot of the huge crowd is by stretching out your selfie stick. Well, not anymore since both of these music festivals have banned them. Hey, look on the bright side, now you’ll get to focus on actually listening and enjoying the music instead of worrying about your video coverage.