‘Travel by Drone’ turns the world into gorgeous aerial footage

For the escapists out there. You know who you are.


Dylan Love


Published Mar 11, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 8:19 am CDT

A fancy little site called TravelByDrone collects the aerial camera footage that personal drone enthusiasts film during their flights. By pairing this with that flight’s GPS data (remember: drones are basically GPS-capable flying robots), it’s put together a system that enables you to look at a map like this:

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The red pins there represent the beginning and end of a filmed drone flight. From here we can watch a real-time video of that flight. It’s pretty. It’s cool.

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It’s damn near therapeutic. As the great prophet Jamiroquai once alluded to in the title of his 1996 dance-funk fusion album, this surely is traveling without moving.

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They’ve even conveniently put together a “drone TV” feature, a big ol’ YouTube playlist of these videos that you can watch as if it were a dedicated television channel.

Thanks, TravelByDrone, for getting us out of here.

Photo via TravelByDrone

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*First Published: Mar 11, 2015, 10:00 am CDT