I saw this and thought, YES!
It’s a stick to which you can attach your camera to take fairly steady and flattering self-portraits on the go. The basic Quik Pod — essentially a monopod with a handle — costs $34.95 and includes a clip, wrist strap, carrying bag and a bubble level to ensure your shots have a flat horizon. A new, heavier, 4-foot digital single-lens reflex model for larger cameras is also available for $49.99. Both can be found at quikpod.com.
The standard model extends to 18 inches and closes to 7.5 inches. It weighs 3.5 ounces and attaches to any camera with a standard tripod adapter.
While there’s nothing quite like asking a stranger to take your photo in front of a bubbling fountain in a distant, sun-dappled piazza, sometimes it’s easier just to whip out a big stick and snap away while letting the natives enjoy their own afternoon reveries.