One can't deny how the thought of traveling solo can strike both excitement and fear—especially for first-timers. I booked my trip on a whim—a birthday celebration of sorts, and unfortunately, none of my usual companions could go with me. "Who's gonna take your pictures?" my sister asked as I packed my pre-planned outfits the night before my flight. "ME!" I quickly retorted, as if I'd done it before.
I must admit, I’ve never really used the hashtag "#ootd" in any of my captions. But to me, the pre-styled looks that I oh-so-meticulously documented via flat lay merited use of the hashtag. My sister, being my constant travel buddy slash photographer, knew how crucial the self-documentation part of each trip meant to me. I guess it lends to the fact that I work in an industry that fosters such “activity.” That said, by now you understand how I won't forgive myself if I bailed on the challenge of taking my own selfies.
LOOK MA, NO HANDS!
Above is the first photo I posted online as soon as I checked myself in my hotel room. The photo raised a lot of questions, most of them speculations as to who took it. One of my friends even assumed it was some random dude from Tinder that I had met. I wish. LOL.
SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT
Neither a guy from Tinder nor the bell man took my shot. Luckily, the TV in my room was hung really close to the bed. It was a perfect place to set the 3-legged iPhone tripod I lugged with me.
TOOLS OF THE TRADE
Everyone, from your tita to your 5 year-old nephew, knows how to take a selfie these days. Aid your self-service self-portrait sesh with the help of these techie tools:
1. A selfie stick
2. An iPhone tripod
3. Bluetooth shutter
Saves on the plane ticket cost for an extra person with shaky hands, if you ask me.
TAKE IT FROM THE REAR
We all share the common knowledge that using your phone's front camera just captures a portion of your desired frame, plus pictures don't come out as clear so using it is definitely not an option. So I say, take it from the rear. Always.
SELFIE STICKS AREN’T JUST FOR SELFIES
With the absence of a tall surface to place your tripod, leaning your long selfie stick on a wall will do the trick.
PATIENCE IS VIRTUAL
No need to be dyahe. Take as many pictures as you like, no hard feelings. But beware: Disparaging glances from passersby may come your way.
“Instagram or it didn’t happen” as the saying goes. How it happens will be entirely up to you. As I end this, I have already booked 3 flights to 3 different countries throughout the year, and yes, I’ll be traveling solo again and taking my own selfies.