At some point, every business person has asked themselves: What can I do to stand out? In a world filled to the brim with smartphone carrying travel bloggers, pilots have innovated new ways we can see the world. Using drones, touring a location can be more personal, interactive, and engaging than before. Companies are opening all over the world to offer drone tours in popular locations like Hawaii, Cambodia, Copenhagen, and many others. There may even be drone tours available for your state.
So how do they work?
Well, that depends. You could enjoy an aerial tour from the comfort of your home by watching online videos. In May of 2017, Gabrielle Kratsas of the website Great Value Colleges wrote an article showing how colleges are using drones to record videos of their campuses (30 Stunning Aerial College Tours via Drone Videos). From your laptop, desktop, or phone, you could see the whole world, or however much of it is available for viewing online.
On the other hand, you could explore the world for yourself from vantage points that were previously unheard of. Based in Honolulu, Hawaii Drone Tours is run by drone pilots with backgrounds in Military Aviation and Aircraft Maintenance. They travel to locations, allowing tourists to use their own drones or rent one of theirs to fly over exclusive locations. Guests age 10+ up cost $129.50 per person.
In the capital of Denmark, there’s Copenhagen Drone Tours which works with event agencies. This company allows its clients to feel like they’re flying by live streaming their drone video to FPV goggles. Their services include developing tours based on “your exact needs and wishes.” Also, they’ll visit your conference or event to offer your clients a tailored experience.
Sky Films is an Asian service that offers courses aerial photography, drone tours, and pilot training in Cambodia. They have two choices in programs (1 day or 3 days) each involve learning the basics in drone operation and editing. Their 1 day program starts at $190 and the 3 day program at $500. Both programs decrease in price per person with more people in groups up to 3 people. They also offer 70% discounts for Non-Profit organizations.
Drone tours are definitely a sign of the times. Steadily they are becoming incorporated into different facets of our lives, providing people with more opportunities to interact with technology. Though each of the services I talked about in this article are in different countries on different continents, they each strive to create a unique experience or put a new spin on the traditional idea of how tours are conducted.
I am a writer and an artist based in Georgia. Specializing in illustration, graphic design, and video art, I love to explore the new ways technology intersects with art. I think drones have done amazing things for photography and video art, making what would previously be costly and difficult more accessible. As a complete novice, it was only recently that I saw what independent artists could do with their drones, and I continue to be impressed by the sights that drones are able to explore and the images they can capture.