Gulp! 5 Extreme Vacation Photos Only the Brave Can Capture

Gulp! 5 Extreme Vacation Photos Only the Brave Can Capture

Steel your nerves and strike a pose.

By Karen Gardiner

It's no secret that the advent of Instagram and other one-upping forms of social media have changed the way we travel... and how we brag about our travels. Where we once kept print photos to ourselves or, at the most, subjected friends and neighbors to yawn-inducing slideshows about our latest vacation, it's now all about getting the ultimate shot that can immediately shared with our followers and garner ego-inflating likes. No surprise, then, that many 'grammers are upping their game by being fearless — sometimes a little too fearless — in pursuit of the ultimate image. If you are one of them, here are five of the top places where you might need to brace yourself before attempting to get that epic shot.

1. Trolltunga, Norway

Norway, it seems, was made for awesome travel photos. Jutting out nearly 2,000 feet above Lysefjord in the Stavanger region, Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) is a favored spot for the classic standing on the edge of a cliff while contemplating life pose, or, increasingly, yoga. Kjeragbolten, also in Rogaland county, offers the opportunity to stand on a boulder wedged into a mountain crevasse suspended 3,200 feet above an abyss... if that's your thing. Our favorite, however, is the spectacular Trolltunga (Troll's Tongue), which juts out from a mountain 2,300 feet above a lake. While countless people have completed the required 10-hour hike to get there and safely posed close to the edge, the scene was the site of a fatal accident in 2015. Therefore, visitors are urged to be careful — and certainly not follow the "new idiotic trend" of using straps to dangle off the edge.

2. Devil's Pool, Zambia

Only the brave take a swim in the ominously named Devil's Pool, a natural rock pool on the edge of the Zambian side of Victoria Falls, the world's largest waterfall. Fast-flowing water pushes swimmers toward the edge where only a lip of rock stops them from plunging over the side and 330 feet into a gorge. It's worth braving it for the ultimate infinity pool selfie but be warned that visitors must be accompanied by a guide and that the pool is off limits to everyone from mid-August through mid January.

3. Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

The slightly more faint of heartmight opt to stick to manmade infinity pools like this one at Singapore's megaresort, Marina Bay Sands. Hanging over the north tower by 220 feet, and appearing to drop off the edge, you would probably still need to take a deep breaths before plunging in.

4. Kaieteur Falls, Guyana

Within the national park of the same name, Kaieteur Falls is the world's largest single-drop waterfall, clocking in at close to 750 feet high. That intimidating fact doesn't stop people from posing at the edge of it — even Prince Harry took his chances on a recent visit. Perhaps he was inspired by Channing Tatum's visit a few years previously. Our favorite photos, though, are of ordinary Instagrammers, such as this one who is pictured chilled out while sitting on the edge of a rock overlooking the falls.

5. Pedra do Telegrafo, Brazil

This one is actually a very cool-looking trick: Images of people hanging off the edge of a rock suspended over the beach at Brazil's Pedra do Telégrafo are all over Instagram, but what the posters are not telling you is that they made good use of the app's crop function. The rock is actually only about three feet above ground. Nevertheless, if daredevil is not your middle name but you just really want an epic vacation photo, we won't tell!

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