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For those of us who love to fly, booking a helicopter tour is a great way we can see our holiday destination of choice from the air. For some it is the chance to explore bits of a location that are hard to reach on foot or to turn a distant view into a close up. For others, it is a chance for a new way to record a holiday - with a bird’s eye view. However, for some it is a glorified selfie device like one couple on honeymoon from Japan.
Drone technology has developed to such an extent, thanks to National Geographic, IMAX, and to a large extent private enthusiasts, that now it’s a mainstream option for many travelers. Many are seeing it now as the logical extension for tourists from cameras to smartphones and now drones providing high definition still or moving images from 100 foot up in the air.
As with many new technologies, some people see them as a game changer and others as a nuisance. When used responsibly and considerately, they are a new tool in holiday recording; one which provides a wider image of the landscape which videos and photos limit to a small field. Many travelers see it as adding context to the world in which they walked or in some cases, to the cliff they just base jumped off.
The Top Drone Videos to Whet Your Appetite
If you are not convinced yet that this might be a good idea, imagine being on the ground and filming some of these videos, which are according to AirVuz.com the most viewed drone travel videos going:
Hawaii - stunning beaches and blue seas, rivers, tropical islands and stony shores. It’s easy to see why this landscape has attracted the most views.
Norway - They’re pretty good for sport too, getting unique views of those ready to jump, as they fall, or of the landscape as never seen before.
Indonesia - magical rock formations carved by wind and sea. Most tourists can only get a glimpse from a boat. The brave or foolhardy might climb the cliffs or steep slopes, but for most, a drone is the best way to capture their majesty.
Practicalities of Drones on Holiday
The biggest barriers to using drones on your vacation is cost and logistics. They are becoming cheaper as they become better, like with most technologies, but they remain something for people with plenty of spare cash hanging around. The most popular type of drone is the Phantom 4 worth around $1,400 however, there are cheaper models retailing for as little as $499. The thing to bear in mind though is that cheaper drones are not only less able or reliable, they are less stable which means a lower quality video.
If a drone is affordable, the next element to consider is laws. Does the country you are about to visit allow for ordinary folk to fly drones all over the place? It is worth asking local law enforcement wherever you are going, home or away, whether it is ok to use a drone and what areas are prohibited. Some nations may ban it altogether while others will place huge restrictions on their use. After all, as the producers of The Cove found out, drones can be quite useful for uncovering things governments don’t want us to know.
The most difficult thing practicality wise is getting the drone to your destination in one piece and using it for extended periods of time. All drone batteries are LiPo batteries which must be included in carry on luggage due to explosion concerns within checked in luggage, nice. However you take the drone itself, it needs to be protected from damage. A last few things: keep your ownership documents with you in case of trouble, bring a charger, and make sure your drone can get back to you before it runs out of juice. Now, go have fun and make some fantastic new memories, just don’t forget to look around with your eyes too!
Thanks to our friend Phoebe Parlade for sharing her tips on using drones to capture your next trip!
Have you ever taken a drone on a trip or have you considered getting one? Do you have any tips for someone who's just starting out with drone footage?
Personally I waffle back and forth between wanting to capture ever aspect of an amazing trip and also trying to disconnect from technology and just enjoy it from my own perspective.
No matter what your plans are, don't forget to travel happy!
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz