A popular travel couple has copped criticism online after they were accused of risking their lives to capture an Instagram photo.
Portuguese pair Raquel and Miguel have amassed over 200,000 followers as they travel the world sharing hundreds of photos of idyllic settings from their ongoing journey.
But one of the couple’s latest posts depicting them hanging from a moving train on a bridge in Sri Lanka has drawn attention for all the wrong reasons.
Hundreds have descended on the post to slam the pair for their actions in search of the “perfect” picture as Raquel dangles precariously over a steep drop.
We are all on a long journey, with problems to solve, lessons to learn, but most of all, experiences to enjoy 🙌🚂 For where are you now 🏠 and where you will go ✈️, for “I’ve always known” 🙋♂ and “I told you so” 🙄, for “nothing is happening” 🤷♀ and “all has gone wrong” 😭 just go out there 🍃 and don’t wait too long ⌛… No matter what happens, make sure you always enjoy this wonderful ride called life ♥️ When was the last time you went on a trip and wher did you go? ✄┄┄┄┄┄┄┄┄┄┄┄┄ #travellingourplanet #wondeful_places #bestvacations #living_destinations #travelcouple #togetherforever #coupleshoot #srilanka #srilankatrip #wanderlove
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“What is wrong with you people risking life and limb for an Instagram shot?! ” one outraged follower wrote.
“Even though the shot is nice this is just a stupid couple who put themselves in danger for likes and validation!” another said.
“So stupid! This is why I don’t feel any empathy when “influencers” get killed for getting the “best” selfie,” one wrote.
You hold the strength of an elephant within yourself. This means it’s up to you to make good or bad decisions too… it’s up to you to decide weather you will be visiting an ethical place or not to see these beautiful creatures 🐘 all good things are wild and free ♥️ Have you ever seen an elephant before? If yes, where? In a sanctuary, orphanage, National park or zoo?
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Another image on their page shows Raquel hanging from a vehicle holding onto Miguel’s hand.
But Raquel hit back at her critics in the comments section saying the pair’s safety was never at risk.
“[Miguel] didn’t put me in danger, I’m pretty independent and I do what I feel comfortable with,” she wrote.
If you add three letters to Paris, you will have PARADISE ♥️ it doesn’t matter if it’s too cold ❄ if the sky is grey 99% of the time 🌫, or if the chances of raining are higher than the Eiffel Tower ☔. A bad day in Paris is still better than a good day anywhere else 🗼 but do you wanna know my favorite place in the world? (Stop reading here if you don’t want a cheesy caption 🙄) Miguel’s arms 😍 can’t believe I’m without him for less than 24hours and I already miss him 💔 ✄┄┄┄┄┄┄┄┄┄┄┄┄ #igersparis #loves_france_ #topparisphoto #loves_paris #parismaville #unlimitedparis #loveandwildhearts #travelcouple #americanstyle #wanderlove #ilovetravelling #travelcommunity
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Other posts shared to their Instagram shows the pair posing in other precarious spots.
And it appears the online concerns are justified with research from India identifying a spike in deaths while taking selfies most likely to be shared across social media.
From 2011 to 2017, researchers identified 259 deaths while taking selfies.
Trains and other forms of transport were responsible for 51 of those deaths.
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