Selfie sticks have been a travel fad for the past couple of years now. On one hand, these gadgets are helpful if you’re traveling solo or want to take group pictures. They allow travelers to capture unique shots at various angles. However, in many cases, the selfie stick fad has caused more problems than it’s worth. The faulty confidence this gadget seems to give travelers has led to numerous safety issues for both people and cultural sites, and its popularity has become a nuisance in many instances.
Several tourist sites in Europe and the rest of the world agree that selfie sticks are more bothersome than beneficial and have gone to the extent of banning them from use. Some of these venues are more strict than others, threatening fines for violating their photography policies, so it’s important to be aware of the attractions and places that don’t allow selfie sticks on their grounds. Here is a list of places in 6 European countries that have banned selfie sticks.
Rome has placed selfie stick bans on several of its attractions including the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican museums. If you’re going to Milan, don’t even bother bringing a selfie stick at all because the entire city placed a ban on these travel gadgets.
Several sights in Paris have taken a stance against selfie sticks including the Palace of Versailles, the Sacré-Coeur basilica, the Pompidou art museum, the Musee d’Orsay, and Disneyland. Additionally, Garoupe Beach in Antibes does not permit selfie sticks on its premises.
The Albertina art museum in Austria will not allow the sticks inside its exhibits.
Leave your selfie sticks at home if you’re visiting the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, as they are not permitted in the building.
The Running of the Bulls, an annual event in Pamplona, Spain, has strictly forbidden any recording devices including selfie sticks while the event takes place.
6. Great Britain
Several sporting venues in Great Britain no longer permit selfie sticks including Anfield Football Stadium, Emirates Stadium, Old Trafford, and Stamford Bridge. Entertainment venues such as O2 Arena, Brixton Academy, Hammersmith Apollo, the Roundhouse, Wembley Arena, and the Royal Opera House have also acquired a ban on the gadgets. Additional sites including Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the National Gallery, and the Tower of London will not allow selfie sticks.
This is not an exhaustive list, and it may be a good idea to do some research on the photography policies of the places you are going if you’re considering bringing a selfie stick. Or it may just be a good idea to rely on less disruptive ways of recording your experience and leave the selfie stick at home. ~ Kalina Davis
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