10 of the Most Inspiring Drone Travel Videos

When they’re not delivering your parcels or your fast food, personal drones have another great use – that is, they make excellent cameramen. For proof, just have a look at these 10 inspiring drone travel videos. From the glaciers of Iceland to the spires of Hong Kong, from bustling ski resorts to the New York Public Library, drones can provide unprecedented new angles on many of the world’s most incredible places. Inspired? Grab a drone of your own and a GoPro on your next holiday to begin practicing those aerial angles – or simply click below for some eyebrow-raising imagery.

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Personal drones are transforming the world of travel videos © Corr/iStock/Thinkstock

Iguazu Falls

 

On the border of Argentina and Brazil, the colossal Iguazu Falls rank among the world’s most striking waterfalls. That doesn’t always mean it’s easy to get close, though. Luckily, this drone takes over the camerawork, and gets within spraying distance of the churning waters.

Hong Kong Heights

 

Hong Kong is the world’s most vertical city. While views from Victoria Peak provide visitors with bird’s eye views overlooking the soaring cityscape, this filmmaker’s drone is able to go well beyond that, skirting the very tops of those spires.

Dead Sea & Judean Desert

 

Sprawling shots of rugged desert, sparkling sea, and even a few hikers on desolate paths: though surely stunning from a human perspective, from the air the incredible topography of the Dead Sea & Judean Desert is even more apparent. And then there’s the herd of camels.

Flying a Drone Around the New York Public Library

 

Just because drone travel videos can capture incredible, otherwise impossible heights, that doesn’t mean they can’t focus in more closely too. This mesmerising film sees a drone soar through the mostly empty halls of the landmark New York Public Library, presenting a new view of its architectures and millions of volumes.

Fly on Iceland

 

Thanks to its volcanoes, glaciers, and mountains, we already know that lunar-looking Iceland is a photogenic place – but drone travel videos bring it all that much closer. This short captures the black beaches, chilly waterfalls, and stretches of ice that make the country so incredible (not to mention a few glimpses of human habitation).

Kauai 2014

 

Have a while to wait before your next beach vacation? In the meantime, this aerial video of Kauai should tide you over. Follow a paddleboarder, dive through gnarled tree roots, and soak up the aerial views of those gloriously clear waters.

Winter Aerial Showreel

 

As this video proves, drone-shot footage and winter sports go splendidly together. Here, we’re treated to aerial views of a popular ski resort and its Alpine landscape, before zooming in on the participants – and their impressive stunts.

B.A.S.E. Areial Footage

 

Actually, it isn’t just winter sports that do well in drone travel videos. This short clip of a daredevil B.A.S.E. jumper captures the heart-stopping moment when he dives straight off a cliff. That’s definitely not something a regular camera can do.

Tiny Boston

 

Boston is already a picturesque town, but from the air – and with a tilt-shift effect added in – it looks as quaint and charming as a toy village. From Harvard’s stadium to the city’s red brick streets, this short but sweet film captures a lovely portrait of the city.

Endurance Behind-The-Scenes | Aerial Shots

 

Now that you’ve seen all that drones can do, it’s time to learn a bit more about how they work. For a look behind-the-scenes of a professional drone shoot, this video shows just what it takes to get those stunning shots.

 

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Have you ever made your own drone travel videos? Where would you most like to try out this filming technique? Share your opinions in the comments below.

Written by Claire Bullen

About Claire Bullen

Claire is a born globetrotter: before relocating to London, she spent time in New York, Paris, Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Francisco. When she's not in pursuit of the next exciting meal, she can be found haunting indie bookstores and sketching outdoors. Follow Claire @ClaireMBullen
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