Funny, Crazy, Outrageous Travel Photos

Crazy, humorous, absurd, outrageous travel photos.
It’s around this time of season one often reflects upon events that have transpired over the course of the year – typically a time of contemplation, relaxation and gratitude.  It’s a time when wishes are spawned and plans are hatched for how to manifest thoughts/ideas into reality as the calendar turns yet another page.  It’s the time of year we let our loved ones know we care about them – wishing them prosperity, well-being and health.  

As far as travel blogs are concerned, it’s the time of year we thank our readers and summarize some of the ‘best of posts’ of the year.  I’d like to do all of that right now; I really appreciate all of the support I’ve received this year!  However, what I won’t do is bore you to death with another gag me with a fork post rehashing old refried beans (of blog posts) or waxing on nostalgic about the joy of travel.  

Instead, I’ve decided to share some of the more quirky, bizarre, outrageous, outlandish, humorous, funny, ridiculous, absurd & truly off-the-charts moments I’ve experienced while travelling over the years, as summarized in a photo essay.  

I’ve been building up a lot of good Karma points with my Smiles around the world series of late and now it’s time for the Pied Piper to collect a small ransom.  After-all, this is a blog with the moniker, “Miles away from ordinary…dripping with sarcasm.”  

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted something quirky, and as such, I’ve decided to put in a herculean effort as my end of year post.  

Sit back, scroll the mouse down the page, chuckle a little bit and have yourself a Merry ‘whatever it is your celebrate’ and a Happy New Year!!!  :)

A Chinese man picks his nose on the streets of Shanghai, China.
“Hey, we all pick our noses from time to time. Fortunately, most of the time there isn’t some swarmy sort with the audacity to fire off exposures from a comfortable distance :P”

A Chinese man picks his nose on the streets of Shanghai, China.

A Chinese farmer wearing a fuck you t-shirt - Dali, China.
“No wonder he’s grinning from ear to ear – I didn’t notice his t-shirt until I got back to my guest house and was perusing through my photos.”

A Chinese farmer wearing a fuck you t-shirt – Dali, China.

A Thai monk making a strange, silly, bizarre face - Chiang Mai, Thailand.
“Okay, I want you to make an outrageous face!”

A Thai monk making a strange, silly, bizarre face – Chiang Mai, Thailand.

A Thai monk sticking out his tongue and acting silly - Chiang Mai, Thailand.
“Now stick out your tongue! BUENO!!!”

A Thai monk sticking out his tongue and acting silly – Chiang Mai, Thailand.

A rather unhappy/disgruntled looking fish - Amritsar, India.
“You lookin’ at me??? Ya talkin’ to me???”

A rather unhappy/disgruntled looking fish – Amritsar, India.

Monkey drinking coke outside of the Batu Caves,Malaysia.
“I like Coke!”

Monkey drinking coke outside of the Batu Caves,Malaysia.

Monkey drinking Pepsi outside of the Batu Caves, Malaysia.
“I like Pepsi!”

Monkey drinking Pepsi outside of the Batu Caves, Malaysia.

A man flashes his bulbous belly in Nha Trang, Vietnam.
“I’m too sexy for my shirt, too sexy for my shirt, sooooooo sexy it hurts!”

A man flashes his bulbous belly in Nha Trang, Vietnam.

A Laos monk grabbing himself (touching his privates) - Vientiane, Laos.
“Manly men”

A Laos monk grabbing himself (touching his privates) – Vientiane, Laos.

A man washing his private parts/genitals in the Ganges - Varanasi, India.
“Manly men part 2″

A man washing his private parts/genitals in the Ganges – Varanasi, India.

A close-up shot of a camel`s disgusting teeth - Thar Desert, India.
“I was thinking of submitting this shot to Crest or Colgate as a stock photo.”

A close-up shot of a camel`s disgusting teeth – Thar Desert, India.

A man chewing on something - Dhaka, Bangladesh.
“Chew on this!”

A man chewing on something – Dhaka, Bangladesh.

A funny signboard in India: 'Ethical Computer Hacking.' - Amritsar, India
“Ethical Computer Hacking…LOL”

A funny signboard in India: ‘Ethical Computer Hacking.’ – Amritsar, India

Think before you honk - Kolkata, India
“ANYBODY who has been to India will get a kick out of this.  What?  You mean it’s not a toy???”

Think before you honk – Kolkata, India

A Korean urinal signboard depicting a man urinating - Seoul, Korea.
“Thanks for showing me how it’s done – I almost forgot.”

A Korean urinal signboard depicting a man urinating – Seoul, Korea.

A sort of scare-crow' type of sign used by the Akha hill tribe (long penis) - Northern Thailand.
“Is this where they came up with the saying, ‘Walk softly, carry a big stick’ came from?”

A sort of scare-crow’ type of sign used by the Akha hill tribe (long penis) – Northern Thailand.

A man with natural man boobs wearing a speedo and lounging like a lizard on the beach - Sihanoukville, Cambodia.
“Meet Gilad – all decked out in his tightly clad!”

A man with natural man boobs wearing a speedo and lounging like a lizard on the tourist beach of Sihanoukville, Cambodia.

Thai lady boys going topless and showing their surgically enhanced breasts - Chiang Mai, Thailand.
“The ones in the previous picture are ‘real’ man boobs, these on the other hand are not.”

Thai lady boys going topless and showing their surgically enhanced breasts – Chiang Mai, Thailand.

A monk mimicking as though he was using a cell phone - Mcleod Ganj, India.
“WAAAAASSSSSSSSUUUUUUUPPPPPPP”

A monk mimicking as though he was using a cell phone – Mcleod Ganj, India.

A monk scaring off the roosters while smoking a cigarette - Ayutthaya, Thailand.
“Smoking, profanity and scaring off animals – all in a days work for this monk in Thailand.”

A monk scaring off the roosters while smoking a cigarette – Ayutthaya, Thailand.

Nomadic Samuel acting like a goofball outside MBK - Bangkok, Thailand.
“Look at that goofy tourist!”

Nomadic Samuel acting like a goofball outside MBK – Bangkok, Thailand.

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Audrey December 28, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Haha, I like the “too sexy for my shirt” shot! That song is going to be stuck in my head all day.

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Nomadic Samuel December 28, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Audrey, I owe you an advance apology for that. I hope it won’t stick for too long :P

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Abby December 28, 2011 at 4:39 pm

I can’t believe you’ve been keeping those from us!! Did you enter the humor photo roulette over on manonthelam.com?!

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Nomadic Samuel December 31, 2011 at 11:30 pm

LOL, I’m fully of surprises Abby :P I did just enter one on Ray’s site! BTW, happy New Year!

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Greg December 28, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Great photos!

“Ethical Computer Hacking” is actually a regular expression/term. Steve Jobs claimed himself an ethical hacker and I do the same. Hollywood gave “hacking” a negative ring. :)

Happy travels in 2012!

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Nomadic Samuel December 31, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Thanks for the clarification Greg! This instantly renders the photo as pretty lame. Maybe I’ll take it down. Best wishes in the NY!

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Jordanna Grant December 28, 2011 at 5:12 pm

These are AWESOME Sam!!! Love the comments too ~ Hilarious! What a year you’ve had! Thanks again for sharing :)

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Nomadic Samuel December 31, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Thanks Jordanna! I’ve got some quirky pics :P Happy NY to you!

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Emanuele December 28, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Lol! The monk making silly faces is my favourite :)

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Nomadic Samuel December 31, 2011 at 11:34 pm

LOL, those are probably my favourites as well. I really had no idea what the ______ he was doing, just glad I had my camera at the time :P

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Maria Alexandra @latinAbroad December 28, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Oh my gosh i FREAKIN LOVED THIS!!!!!!!!!! XD !!!!!!!! AWESOME shots man!!!!!! =D

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Nomadic Samuel December 31, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Thanks Maria!!! Happy New Year! Big year for ours blogs :)

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cheryl December 28, 2011 at 7:18 pm

YOU ARE HILARIOUS! Ha ha ha … awesome post and as usual made me laugh. Happy new year .. I want to see more photos like this. ;)

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Nomadic Samuel December 31, 2011 at 11:35 pm

That’ll be a tall order to produce more like this :P Happy NY to you! Really great to discover your blog of late.

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cheryl January 1, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Ha ha, don’t disappoint me! :)

Thanks so much. Glad you enjoy.

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Turtle December 28, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Ha ha! If only all these poor people knew what you were going to do with their photos (especially that last guy with the ridiculous hat!!) :)

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Nomadic Samuel January 6, 2012 at 9:38 pm

That guy at the end is a bit of fool, I’d have to say :P

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Lauren Fritsky December 28, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Soo many things I love here: “Wassssup,” Right Said Fred, monkeys. etc.

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Nomadic Samuel January 6, 2012 at 9:38 pm

It’s quite the random post! I must admit that :P Glad you enjoyed it :)

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DTravelsRound December 28, 2011 at 8:42 pm

These are brilliant. I have to wonder though — why do monkeys drink so much soda? What have we done to them?? Love the post.

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Nomadic Samuel January 6, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Well, unfortunately locals and tourists have been giving it to them (or should I say allowing them) to drink it. They’re terribly addicted to it now. I saw several fighting over a can! It’s honestly not a good thing at all.

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Traveling Ted December 28, 2011 at 11:58 pm

Way to change up the obligatory year in review into something funny. Nose pickers around the world: beware of Nomadic Sammy :)

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Nomadic Samuel January 6, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Thanks Ted!

Reminder to others: Keep those fingers out of places they shouldn’t be…LOL

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Chris December 29, 2011 at 1:05 am

Haha, love it! I really need to shoot more photos while I’m on the road. You’ve got so bloomin’ many!

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Nomadic Samuel January 6, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Hey Chris, I do have way too many…it’s almost a burden…LOL Looking forward to checking out your efforts as you hit the road.

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Laura December 29, 2011 at 3:11 am

Well thanks for making me sit through the Wassup video again. Ha. I can’t believe you have so many pictures of monks doing weird things. You should start a Tumblr of them. Great post, although I would have appreciated some of the belly shots being a little smaller!!

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Nomadic Samuel January 6, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Thanks Laura! I hadn’t seen the Wassup video in ages myself :P Sorry for those bulbous bellies :P

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Jade December 29, 2011 at 5:50 am

Hilarious! Love love love the monkey drinking the pepsi! Those teeth!

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Nomadic Samuel January 6, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Those monkeys are sure cheeky! :P

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James Shannon December 29, 2011 at 6:05 am

Thanks for the photos of morbidly obese men in speedos … with these pics seared into my consciousness, it’ll be a wonder if I will ever be able to get aroused again :P

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Nomadic Samuel January 6, 2012 at 9:53 pm

LOL, I’m sorry James, unfortunately my pockets aren’t deep enough to pay for counselling :P

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Bodlagz December 29, 2011 at 9:01 am

Love em all, what a nice selection of humorous pictures.

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Nomadic Samuel January 6, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Thanks! It was fun putting it together :)

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Andrea December 29, 2011 at 10:29 am

Love these – the details are awesome!!

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Nomadic Samuel January 6, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Thanks Andrea! :P

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Monica | Gap Daemon December 29, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Haha, love these pics. What is it with old fat guys wearing Speedos? Not cool.

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Nomadic Samuel January 6, 2012 at 9:55 pm

I have no idea! I have to admire how comfortable they are doing it but… :P

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Stephanie - The Travel Chica December 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm

A great collection! Gotta love the funny facial expressions and silly animal behavior.

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Nomadic Samuel January 6, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Thanks Stephanie, I’m hoping I’ll build up my collection over the years :P

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Rob December 29, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Excellent – some really funny photos. I’ll have to try a bit harder with mine.

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Nomadic Samuel January 6, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Rob, best wishes with that! The more you practice, the better the results, I find.

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Micamyx|Senyorita December 29, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Hahaha you never fail to make me laugh! Beware of Nomadic Samuel because he’s a paparazzi! :P

Anyway, the last photo is cute hahaha Happy New Year! :P :P

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Nomadic Samuel January 6, 2012 at 9:57 pm

NS is a dangerous dude, best wishes to you in the NY as well :)

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Amanda December 30, 2011 at 6:08 am

Haha, love this!! Some really great shots here – and great funny faces!

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Nomadic Samuel January 6, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Thanks Amanda! Happy New Year to you!

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Yaszmin December 30, 2011 at 6:13 am

Awesome shots dude, got me smiling there! That shot you took ” Man chewing on something” in Bangladesh, he’s chewing on a sugar cane. In most part of Asia, that’s how we traditionally chew, suck and ‘drink’ our sugar cane. :)

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Nomadic Samuel January 6, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Thanks for the clarification Yaszmin. That’s actually what I thought but since I wasn’t quite sure I didn’t put it down :)

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Rachel December 30, 2011 at 10:13 am

Nice one! I like quirky photos.

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Nomadic Samuel January 6, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Thanks Rachel, I’m sure you’ll build up quite the collection during your time in Korea :P

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Christy & Scott December 31, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Hilarious! Great photos, Samuel.

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Nomadic Samuel January 6, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Thanks Christy & Scott! :P

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soloflightEd January 1, 2012 at 1:17 am

Great photos! So many candid shots captured! Makes me think of looking at my own albums to check if there are any.

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Nomadic Samuel January 6, 2012 at 9:45 pm

I bet you’ve got quite a few. Certainly a good excuse to brush off the dust and peruse through the vaults :)

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Jade - OurOyster.com January 2, 2012 at 8:47 am

hahaha awesome photos! especially the last one :P

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Nomadic Samuel January 6, 2012 at 9:44 pm

I heard that guy at the end likes to play the fool :P

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Sherry January 4, 2012 at 1:09 am

These are almost too absurd that they’re hilarious! They are definite keepers as you will always get a smile when you think of your experiences in these places. That last photo is especially funny :)

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Nomadic Samuel January 6, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Thanks Sherry! That guy at the end is a bit goofy :P

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Natasha @ Wandering Kiwi January 5, 2012 at 9:46 am

Ba ha ha. A great antidote to the Smiles series :) My fave is the not-so-serene monk.

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Nomadic Samuel January 6, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Natasha, I have no idea how I’ve built up such a quirky collection of monk photos :P

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Ryan January 5, 2012 at 11:31 am

Ha! Hilarious stuff man! I have to be less shy about taking pictures when things go down, but I have a whole page for all the crazy, gross and funny things I run into while traveling. Thanks for the good laugh man! Check out my travel funnies if ya want!
http://justchuckinit.com/category/travel-funnies/

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Nomadic Samuel January 6, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Thanks Ryan, I’m heading over there right now :)

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Charu January 8, 2012 at 4:52 am

What an awesome post! I’m a huge fan of sites like Engrish.com and Fail Blog and some of your pics are funnier than those. Good one, Sam! Happy New Year.

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Nomadic Samuel January 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Thanks Charu!

I think I’ve got enough material to do another one of these soon :P

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Cathy Sweeney January 10, 2012 at 4:07 am

Oh, you goofball, you! Quite a selection here — you’ve certainly got a talent for catching people at just the wrong moment. Funny stuff!

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Nomadic Samuel January 17, 2012 at 12:44 pm

LOL, thanks Cathy! My mischievous streak sure shines in this post. It’s official, nose pickers beware! :P

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Loic January 31, 2012 at 1:50 pm

This is a great post. I re-shared the bugger on my Facebook.

the ‘man with natural man boobs wearing a speedo and lounging like a lizard on the beach. – also has a shrunken right leg. How the hell does he get by?

Nice one, Samuel.

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Nomadic Samuel February 6, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Thanks Loic! Much appreciate :)

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Go. February 10, 2012 at 7:14 am

Lol! These are so cool!

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Vicky February 27, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Love the ‘ethical computer hacking’ sign!

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Nigel June 14, 2012 at 12:07 pm

“Chew on this!” gets my vote. The man is just chewing along baby…

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aviabilietai August 22, 2012 at 11:22 am

Hilarious!

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MarcF June 23, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Great photos. Crazily funny stuff.
If you like crazy and traveling you should know about the guy who pushed an empty wheelchair across Australia, or the guy who golfed across Mongolia! nutters.

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Samuel Jeffery June 24, 2013 at 12:28 am

Thank you! Those are pretty crazy adventures as well ;)

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Lina August 29, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Thank you for sharing! These are awesome and hilarious! :)

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Samuel Jeffery August 31, 2013 at 4:13 am

Thank you! Glad you found them funny ;)

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