REVEALED: Top 10 ‘selfie’ spots in the UK

New research has revealed the top 10 most ‘instagrammable’ locations in the country, with one location being 30 minutes from Canterbury.

National Rail recently conducted a study in which it saw that 16-25 year old Brits will go the extra mile for the perfect selfie.

The Insta-Rail Map has highlighted some popular places across Great Britain, placing Glastonbury Festival in at number three.

Where are UK’s top snapping spots?

Swipe through and find out where you should go next on the pursuit for the best snaps!

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The best location and techniques!

In every great photograph, there is a common theme, follow these tips for the photo of your dreams:

  1. Hold the camera in the right place: Don’t hold the camera too close or too far away from yourself, it can distract from anything else happening in the picture or make your distant.
  2. Framing and background: Make sure to give enough room in the frame to put emphasis on both you and your surroundings! Usually, you can have your face and shoulders as in the bottom left or right-hand corner (for slightly closer-up pictures) and still have enough room for your spectacular or interesting background! Find a location that you love and want to capture.
  3. Don’t be lonely: Try when you can to get others involved in your photo! A couple of friends or if you are daring, a few locals in the area – this can make for a great conversation starter too.
  4. Lighting and shadows: Unless you’re being artsy, there’s no reason not to go simple – find natural light to show your beautiful features. Sunlight softens the skin and makes imperfections seem less, so even more of a reason to get out there. Just be careful, because too much sunlight could make you squint. Don’t take a picture with the sun behind you as major shadows can cover your face and obscure everything too!
  5. Say ‘cheese’: You’re out travelling and you’re having the time of your life, so show it on your face! Smile like you mean it and show everyone how great you’re feeling.
  6. Pro-selfies: You could even invest in a selfie-stick. This light and portable device connects right to your phone and can reach heights that your puny human arms can’t. Do you want a selfie from two metres away? No problem, this device can do it!

How far would you go?

It was estimated that young people travelled on average: 153 miles per month with nine hours of train rides, five hours of flying and seven hours sharing lifts with friends.

Jyoti Bird, Marketing Director at National Rail, says: “It’s clear that young people spend a lot of time crafting the perfect photos of exciting places, and our research shows just how important it is for their chosen travel destinations to look amazing on their social media feeds.

“From iconic landmarks and beautiful buildings, to historical points of interest and tourist attractions, Great Britain has some fantastic destinations to explore, and our findings reveal the best selfie spots in the country.”

The statistics behind the selfie

Researchers found that 29% of 16-25 year olds admitted that ‘travel is the area of their life that they are most competitive about’ – this is due to the increasing amount of exposure to other countries, places and famous locations on social media.

It was discovered that 18% of those questioned would also pick a holiday or short break, based entirely on how ‘Instagrammable’ the place is.

The person would determine the worth of the place based on how it looks on the social media of others and how it would look like on their own social accounts, like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The research shows that on average young people will post 12 pictures online every week; There are roughly 32 pictures snapped for every single one posted online.

Brittany Tijou-Smith

Brittany is a third year Multimedia Journalism student, her work has been featured on KentLive and KentOnline. Her filming work also won ‘Documentary of the Year 2018’ at Canterbury Christ Church University.

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