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Hey everyone! I’m sharing some of my travel work & tips and tricks as I feel it definitely encompasses the ‘EPIC’ travel category and sharing information is important for the community. I really like some of the knowledge shared so far, here’s a few things I’ve learnt along the way.

Phantom 4 - TrollTunga Norway

Phantom 4 - TrollTunga Norway


Plan Your Trip in Advance

Where are you going? Know that the Northern Hemisphere is opposite to Southern for seasonality. Watch out for Monsoon / Rain Seasons in tropical areas.
Brush up on the country’s culture, do’s and don’ts you can find these easily in something like a ‘Lonely Planet’ guidebook or online.
Network with other forum members or people you know that have been before and could give you advice, anything to save you time.
Buy a data sim card in the country you visit or make sure you have a data plan abroad so you can easily navigate a ‘maps’ app whilst driving around.
Dress and pack accordingly to destination. You can see what I take abroad with rationale here : www.kit.com/mananddrone

Bali Indonesia - Mavic Air

Bali Indonesia - Mavic Air


Traveling with a Drone

My top advice is to make sure you own a set of ND Filters, what are they? They basically act as sunglasses so will help with keeping sun glare off water and helping us achieve a 180 degree shutter speed. As a rule of thumb I’ll always shoot a shutter at double my frame rate for more of a cinematic feel.
Research the locations you plan to shoot, check whether you need permission and clear your ideas with the local authorities before flying.
The Golden Hours are always a nice time to drone as you will see some nice colours my favourite is the morning during sunrise as there’s hardly any people around. Bright Sunny Days on Islands are great as the colours will be vivid just make sure you have your ND / Polarisers.
If you’re flying abroad you should declare your drone upon check-in, they may want to inspect the Batteries as will the security team. Use Lipo safe carrying bags for added security.

Pre Pack Check

Pre Pack Check


Getting to our Locations

Now that we have powerful tools such as Google Maps we can plan our destination hotspots in advanced. I like to use ‘Google My Maps’ for things such as route planning for Iceland. It’s great because you can add photos and descriptions and share with others. I usually do this for every country I visit, here’s an example map I’ve created : https://goo.gl/LXD4WS
If I goto a developed country I will almost always hire a car to get about having researched good prices beforehand online, all companies will want a credit card so make sure you have one of those. Very few care hire companies will accept just debit cards and if they do be prepared for a big pre-authorization charge.
If the trip is around 4-6 months then I would consider buying a car and selling before leaving. I’ve found this to be fairly straight forward and have done this 3 times already, the internet and local adverts at supermarkets or hostels usually help. Word of Mouth is also my favourite so get networking.
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Timing & Conditions

If you shoot enough material odds are you can pick something usable out of it. If I goto a country for 3 weeks I’ll shoot lots of footage at different times of the day over the duration and perhaps only 30-40% of it is usable for what I want to share. I personally love shooting Golden Hours such as before, during & after Sunrise / Sunset.
If you want to shoot such conditions make sure you give yourself enough time before to arrive on time without rushing things, give yourself plenty of time to setup.
There’s plenty of other opportunity other than ‘Golden Hours’ to film or photograph, a good photographer should be able to produce masterful shots at any given time of day. If it’s super bright - great! Start using those ND’s Filters.
Weather plays a huge part in whether or not we can fly. I always use the best local forecasting website which is dedicated to that country. Using something like BBC weather or Accuweather will not be accurate enough for me. If it’s above 40 degrees C you might want to take caution as things could overheat in such temperatures. Anything Colder than -10c could play havoc with the drone’s batteries so always be aware of temperatures where you are.

Nugget Point New Zealand Inspire 2

Nugget Point New Zealand Inspire 2


Electricity on the Road

Perhaps you’ve planned a big trip which features remote locations but you only have X amount of batteries. Have you thought about how you’re going to recharge your equipment? Solar Power isn’t really going to cut it unless you have a huge panel setup. If my mode of transport is car I will utilise various car charger devices or a power inverter. Some drone batteries are too juicy for basic currents drawn from the dc port so do your research to evaluate. So far I’ve used a full-sin wave 300w Powerbright inverter off various vehicle’s dc port and it’s worked fine for Phantom3, Mavic Air, Mavic Pro, Phantom 4 Batteries, anything more seems to be too much. If my work is more serious I will do a recon of nearby cafes, campsites or service stations where mains electricity is likely to be.
Generators are another option but are quite noisy so I would only suggest using something like this if you’re very remote. My preferred choice would be a large power bank such as a GoalZero Yeti, which should see you achieve several drone battery charges.
Don’t forget to bring travel adapters with you as different countries will have different sockets. I have an adapter that adjusts for anywhere you can check here : https://amzn.to/2ILQn2p

Glenorchy New Zealand - Inspire 2

Glenorchy New Zealand - Inspire 2


Insurance

I will always take-out a travel insurance policy that covers me for medical incidents and lost baggage etc, this is very important and I always recommend this. I’ve been to tropical countries on numerous occasions where even the slightest of cuts can get infected and require hospital treatment. The same goes for severe food poising and similar liabilities. Again read the terms & conditions thoroughly so you know what you’re buying. I’ll always go for the ZERO excess option and add-on additional adventure packages such as emergency helicopter lifts from certain altitudes if hiking is on the cards, know the altitude limits and policy restrictions. Having said this, some countries have reciprocal agreements with other countries for things like medical accidents or emergency such as countries of the EU, Australia, New Zealand & UK so bare that in mind. If you aren’t a North American resident and plan on traveling to USA or Canada then you should definitely consider insurance as medical costs could be very high.
Packaged tours and holidays might include their own insurance so you might want to clarify this before you book anything.

All of my equipment is insured on a separate worldwide policy. It covers me for 365 days for only £330 per annum with up-to £10k worth of camera gear including laptops and expensive cameras / drones. Always read the terms & conditions thoroughly when choosing your equipment insurance, if somethings not to your liking you can usually talk with your representative and see if they can work something out with you. Anyone residing in the UK can PM me for more information on this.

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Dress & Prepare for the Conditions

Be prepared to dress for the occasion. When I travel to countries with alpine regions I have to bring all my tough outdoors gear. If i’m in Sub-Tropical or Tropical environments then it’s much easier, I’ll just pack the shorts and T-shirts.
If you're out on a long day-trip you might want to consider meal & snack preparation the day before. I'll always carry some extra energy bars & fruit around as you never know.
If I'm doing a big hike I'll want at least 3 litres of water and tablets that can purify a water source incase I'm caught short, other than that I'll always carry a bottle of water around with me.

I’ve made things real easy for everyone - All my gear that I use with clear rationale can be seen over at www.kit.com/mandanddrone  I’ve created 4 sections to break things down further. ‘My Camera Gear’, ‘My Outdoor Gear’, ‘My Editing Gear’ & ‘My Sound Gear’. If you have time check it out.

Southern Alps - Inspire 2 New Zealand

Southern Alps - Inspire 2 New Zealand


As always you can see all of my videos etc over on https://www.youtube.com/mananddrone, https://www.vimeo.com/mananddrone and Instagram.

Cheers & Have Fun with it all.. That’s the most important thing.

Pink Sunrise Ocean Beach New Zealand

Pink Sunrise Ocean Beach New Zealand









7-3 15:46
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Bing Err
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Nice pictures. The top one reminds me of "Potato Chip Rock" in San Diego.

https://www.google.com/search?q= ... iw=1920&bih=963

But good lord that's a lot of gear. You can't possibly travel with all of that can you?
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Bing Err Posted at 2018-7-3 19:48
Nice pictures. The top one reminds me of "otato Chip Rock" in San Diego.

https://www.google.com/search?q=potato+chip+rock&safe=off&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjGgYLUxITcAhVEuVkKHUY6BKkQ_AUICigB&biw=1920&bih=963

It's actually in Norway
7-4 02:18
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you always amazed me!!
7-4 02:21
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BrilhasMuito
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Outstanding job!
EPIC!
Thanks for sharing!
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A CW
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Great thread - thumbs up
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The last still is amazing   
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Very nice entry
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Bing Err Posted at 2018-7-3 19:48
Nice pictures. The top one reminds me of "otato Chip Rock" in San Diego.

https://www.google.com/search?q=potato+chip+rock&safe=off&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjGgYLUxITcAhVEuVkKHUY6BKkQ_AUICigB&biw=1920&bih=963

I Googled Potato Chip Rock man.. Damn that one looks Good to Break ... Would be tempting fate with that one too for sure!

Yeah gear... Hmmm you get used to it although two bags would be nicer. Much easier with the Mavic Air now

Cheers
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DJI Grace Posted at 2018-7-4 02:21
you always amazed me!!

Cheers Grace! As always thanks heaps for the feature !
7-4 10:30
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A CW Posted at 2018-7-4 07:28
The last still is amazing

I totally agree - stunning!
7-4 12:43
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Absolutely - one of the best stills I’ve seen on here
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dj_dread
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very good entry! and video!
7-5 01:41
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nice job buddy like it
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EskildS
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Amazing
7-6 01:10
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Beautiful work!
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Awesome footage...Thank you.
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Very beautiful, very professional. Thanks for sharing your experience.
7-9 07:35
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Dude!  You just CRASHED this contest!  Great stuff....hard to compete against such great content and quality...top notch!  
7-9 14:07
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RGMGFitness Posted at 2018-7-9 14:07
Dude!  You just CRASHED this contest!  Great stuff....hard to compete against such great content and quality...top notch!

Cheers buddy appreciate the kudos! Thanks for checking it out!
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I love New Zealand.  there lives my uncle.  He is already old in this I have to visit him more often.  But this is not a problem we love with the family.  We take Rental24H - rental cars we quickly and cheerfully get to the destination.
7-10 00:26
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RESPECT- From the beginning to the end i had goosebumps.
Verry nice dude This movies made my mind drift away. Keep up the good work
7-10 03:03
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I love New Zealand. I have to go there one day. The landscape is fabulous.
7-12 04:04
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Beautiful footage!!
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Great stuff!....
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Great stuff!....
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Excellent Tutorial and Amazing Pictures / Footage ! You are Very Courageous Mate to get so near the Edges !
7-21 09:40
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Google maps is an invaluable tool... this site also adds for a professional prospective:

https://www.locationscout.net

7-25 20:12
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Wow that’s just totally awesome   
7-27 20:42
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Beautiful video of a beautiful country.  You are very good and this is great work, mate.

I live in NZ and aspire to shoot the kind of video you do - but sadly my Mavic Pro descended into the ocean with 10% battery.  As there is no NZ based support or repair facility - I sent to Australia, and for 6 months have been trying to get it back, without success.  They wont repair and I have to pay $$ to get the broken drone back (under warranty..)  I would advise if you are in NZ to wait until there is NZ support before purchasing DJI.  Great tech, but God help you when it breaks.

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great job
8-3 06:06
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Thank you for sharing !
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Hi, don't forget to check your prize of Travel Campaign! The code has sent to you by email. Hope you enjoy it!
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