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

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


Dylan Love


Posted on Mar 11, 2015   Updated on 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:

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.

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.

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