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Plane selfies set to take-off

With electronic devices now allowed to remain switched on during take-off and landing on Qantas and Virgin Australia flights as of today, Wotif.com has predicted that holiday selfies will increasingly pop up in-flight.

Whether you love it or loathe it, the selfie is here to stay – the Oxford Dictionary even made it a real word – and with one in two Aussies confessing to taking them, it seems we’re stuck with them.

Wotif.com spokeswoman Kirsty La Bruniy said the study, which surveyed almost 7000 Australians, revealed that Gen Y are the most prolific holiday selfie snappers.

Despite this, the survey also showed that older generations are jumping on the selfie bandwagon.

“Gen Y’s push the selfie trend,” La Bruniy said.

“More than 80% of people aged between 18 and 29 take holiday selfies, with 32% of those taking between three and five per day when away and 12% can’t get enough of the selfie, snapping a minimum of 10 photos of themselves a day.”

In the age bracket of 30 to 49, 62% said they take holiday selfies, which is a surprisingly large amount, while only 20% of those 66-years and over are snapping up the holiday self-portraits.

“Travellers and celebs alike have jumped on board the ‘selfie’ photo bandwagon, with many ‘selfie’ trends appearing on news feeds, being tweeted and hash tagged around the world,” La Bruniy said.

“With everything from the mirror selfies to the latest hairy armpit ‘selfie’ trend, it was only a matter of time before cameras were ditched in favour of phone ‘selfies’ on holiday.”

As a result of the launch of gate-to-gate use of electronic devices in flight mode, we can expect to see even more in-flight selfies hitting our newsfeeds.

To mark the occasion, Wotif.com has covered all bases for aspiring selfie-experts, listing the top six must-snap holiday selfies.

The take-off and landing selfie: Snap a photo with the airplane window and runway in the background, then tag your airline, for example #qantas.

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The icon selfie: Position yourself in front of an iconic landmark, and snag a shot with the coolest background around.

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The feet selfie: Lay by a resort pool or sandy beach, and snap a picture of your toes resting up in the ideal location.

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The group selfie: See how many of your travel buddies you can squeeze into one photo, just like Ellen at the Oscars.

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The underwater selfie: Use a Go-Pro or underwater camera to take a shot of you snorkelling or diving in beautiful, serene waters.

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The season selfie: Find your favourite local park and take a head shot lying down on the ground, surrounded by flowers, snow or a bed of autumn leaves.

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