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Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Move Over Selfie Stick, The Drone Is the New Must Have Vacation Accessory!
Move Over Selfie Stick, The Drone Is The New
"Must Have" Vacation Accessory
Photo Courtesy of Matt and Holly Coakley
Copyright 2015 Used With Permission
First there was the digital camera,
then the iPad, and most recently, the selfie stick! But today, the "must
have" vacation accessory is the drone!
little unmanned remote-controlled aerial vehicles outfitted with a
camera provide travelers with a spectacular bird's eye view of their
surroundings. In fact, one of GreatValueVacation's
take my drone with me almost everywhere," notes Matt Coakley. "I love
shooting aerials with it, and I knew Ireland would provide beautiful
landscapes that are perfect shot from above. I also love making YouTube
videos and being able to share the beauty of the places we travel with
why take your drone on vacation? "Probably the biggest advantage was
being able to fly over water and out beyond the edge of cliffs," adds
Matt. "There is simply no other way to get the shots that are possible
with a drone. I admit, flying over the water was a bit scary, and any
time I fly over water I take on some risks, but in my mind, it's worth
it for the shots that I'm able to get."
remembered he actually almost lost his drone in an inlet on his second
day shooting in Ireland. "The battery on the drone was low and I didn't
realize it, so while it was out over the water it started losing
altitude. Thankfully it happened to land on a small outcropping of rocks
in the bay, and I was able to swim out and recover it."
A drone camera or "quad copter with camera" can be purchased at price points anywhere from $100 to $1,000+
and is often sized not much larger than a Panama hat. The Coakleys' own
drone cost $700 for the drone and gimbal (which stabilizes the camera),
plus $500 for the GoPro, and then another $150 or so for accessories (a
video transmitter and receiver so that you can see what you are
shooting while it's in the air), as well as extra batteries, which are
it with you when you are traveling by air doesn't need to be too much
of a hassle. In fact, the Coakleys didn't have any trouble traveling
with their drone. Matt had researched drone regulations in Ireland
before going, so he knew it was okay for him to have one with him. "I
had to follow some rules while there, such as not flying in densely
populated areas and staying away from airports, and by abiding by those
rules I knew that I shouldn't run into any trouble having my drone with
me. I did check the drone [he has his own drone case], but I took the
batteries in my carry-on."
and Holly have been so inspired by their drone travel experience, they
set off on a trip around the U.S. this past summer in order to capture
the beauty of America's cities by aerial photography and are chronicling
it on their blog BlankByDrone.com
those who want to bring along a drone as their next "must have" travel
accessory, Matt offers a few recommendations. "Be aware of your
surroundings and be safe and considerate. There were a couple of times
while we were in Ireland that I did not fly even though I wanted to,
because there were too many people around and/or it was too windy and it
didn't feel like a safe setting."
you consider most vacationers are visiting some pretty spectacular
places in the world like the Coakleys and the Irish coast, the
countryside in Tuscany, the Loire Valley in France, the unspoiled beach
and rain forests of Costa Rica, and so many other breathtaking places,
the ability to have a little extra help in capturing just the right
image from a spot you might not be able to access yourself, is
definitely priceless for that once-in-a-lifetime journey.
And for those of you who are wondering, yes, you can take an image of yourself from your drone — it's called a "dronie."
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