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The backstory behind the ‘lounging legs by the pool’ pic you’ll be seeing all summer

You’ve seen it. You’ve liked it. You’re about to learn why.

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This is the last episode of Travelgrams, a four-part series that dives deep into the unexpected (and totally made-up) origin stories of social media photo trends. Check out the first episode on the waterfall pic here, the second episode on food pics here, and the third episode on the “looking away” pic here.

The “lounging legs” pic: You’ve seen it on your feeds. You’ve hate-liked it. You’ve probably taken a photo of your bent legs by the pool yourself. But have you ever asked yourself, Who was the first person to do this? Turns out, it all goes back to one workaholic, her scheming assistant, and a surprise vacation in the desert.

It all started when Alicia, a successful businesswoman, was fooled into going on what she thought was a business trip to Los Angeles. But when her driver took her to a glamorous resort in Palm Springs, she knew that her assistant, Todd, had something to do with it. Determined to be the best at everything — even chilling out (for once) — she snapped a photo of her lounging legs by the pool, posted it on social media, and the rest is history.

So the next time you see a photo of your friend’s tanned legs lounging in front of an inviting pool or beach, remember this before you hate-like it: There’s more to a travel pic than meets the eye. Watch the video above for the whole story.


Ready to chill out and snap a pic of your own lounging legs? Book your next trip on Hotels.com. Be there. Do that. Get rewarded.

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