‘Dronies’ Replace Selfies as Travelers Use Drones to Photograph Vacations

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A new trend is appearing among well-heeled travelers. Instead of taking cell phone photos everywhere they go, luxury travelers are packing a personal drone in their luggage to take those ubiquitous vacation photos.

According to Forbes, a handful of major resorts across the world are considering offering drones to their high-dollar customers to provide them a unique opportunity to take amazing video and still photos of their vacation experience.

Drone use for vacations and travel is certainly growing. Recently, a photographer documented his trip through Veracruz, Mexico, with a drone. Alex Chacon documented his 500-day trip with a series of “dronies” last year.

Eric Cheng, director of aerial imaging for the Chinese drone company DJI, claimed that the drone will quickly replace the “selfie stick.”

“It’s an unlocking of the third dimension for camera positioning,” Cheng said last year.

Recently, American entrepreneur Amit Gupta made a splash when he took video footage with his friends in San Francisco showing how anyone might use the “dronie.”

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