Stuck at home, a travel writer re-created the most cliché travel photos she could find to compare 2019 and 2020

Sophie-Claire Hoeller
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Going for a dip. Sharon Waugh
  • Travel writer Sharon Waugh has been bored stuck at home.

  • To pass the time, she started re-creating the most cliché travel photos she could find from home, often using everyday household items.

  • She's made a toilet paper roll Taj Mahal and used an ironing board in lieu of a surfboard. 

  • Waugh told Insider she hopes the photo series cheers people up "while we wait for things to get better."

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2020 has not been a great year for travelers (or anyone, really), as the global pandemic has thrown a wrench in most people's vacation plans.

While this is annoying for some, it's especially difficult for those whose livelihood depends on traveling.

But Sharon Waugh, a South Africa-based freelance travel writer, is trying to see the humor in her life without travel.

Bored at home, she's been recreating some of the world's most cliché travel photos from her living room, and she shared with Insider some of her best photos so far.

Sharon Waugh is a freelance travel writer based in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Posing with a turtle. Sharon Waugh

She's been to 57 countries and spent five years working on a US-based cruise line, which is when she started her travel blog, "The Sharonicles."

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Straightening the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Sharon Waugh

"I love the combination of traveling the world and making people laugh, and I have tried to find ways to continue doing both as I transitioned from a life at sea to one on land," she told Insider.

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Admiring the Taj Mahal. Sharon Waugh

Little did she know that life on land would soon be even more stationary than she expected.

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Going for a surf. Sharon Waugh

Waugh said she spent the first part of lockdown writing for a Chinese travel app.

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Rock climbing. Sharon Waugh

When that work dried up, she said she started "dreaming about the places I had written about and reminiscing on my past travels."

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Posing at the beach. Sharon Waugh

She decided to pass the time by recreating cliché travel photos she kept seeing.

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Diving in tropical waters. Sharon Waugh

"I'll probably just keep doing them until I am able to travel freely again," she said, adding that she's created around 50 photos to date.

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Posing in the jungle. Sharon Waugh

She takes her inspiration from Instagram, picking images she's seen "too many versions of."

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Catching a barrel. Sharon Waugh

She then finds a similar image that's in the public domain and recreates it at home, using her phone's timer function.

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Taking in epic views. Sharon Waugh

Waugh said she's used a wide variety of unconventional household items to prop up her phone for the perfect shot. "If I'm happy with the result, I post it," she said.

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Going for a dip. Sharon Waugh

"I think a lot of people are missing the freedom we used to have to travel. I just hope to bring a smile to their faces while we wait for things to get better," she said of her photos.

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Traveling by train. Sharon Waugh

According to Waugh, 2020 had her "disillusioned with the state of the world," but she said that these photos have been a silver lining.

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Seeing the world from above. Sharon Waugh

"While I have not been able to travel at all this year, my images have been featured in the media in places I have never been," she said. "I never imagined that staying in one place could take me so far!"

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Posing in front of the Sydney Opera House. Sharon Waugh

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