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Travel to Hard-to-Reach Places with Drone and Time Lapse Videos

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Are you feeling the itch to travel and discover a new and unknown part of the world but don’t have the money? Now with the technology of drones and time lapse video content, you can explore the world from the comfort of your very own living room. Check out these drone and time lapse videos from hard-to-reach places.

The Northern Lights

The Aurora Borealis is one of nature’s most inspiring and epic light shows. Check out this time lapse video to see views that were captured in South Dakota, Wyoming, and Utah, as filmed by a drone.


Consisting of over 26 atolls strewn across the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea, the Maldives are a stunning and secluded vacation destination. This video, which features aerial views of surfers, dolphins, and white sand beaches, will make you feel as though you are parasailing just above them.

Trango Tower, Pakistan

Drones have the ability to reach certain places that the average person might not, providing a glimpse that would otherwise be unattainable. This video takes you through one of the most challenging climbing routes in the world—the Eternal Flame route at Trango Tower in Pakistan. This two-minute video lets you experience the 20,000 foot climb, which goes through a small village and then all the way up to snow-capped peaks.

Koh Yao Noi, Thailand

The islands of Thailand offer some of the most stunning beaches in the world. Koh Yao Noi is the largest of the Koh Yao island archipelago, but is also one of the least developed islands. In comparison to the tourist trodden Phuket, this island remains undiscovered by many, but has much to offer.

Filmmaker Philip Bloom used a drone to capture footage of Koh Yao Noi, and you can see children flocking to catch a glimpse of the foreign object flying through the air.

Chernobyl, Ukraine

After the massive power plant explosion in 1986, Chernobyl has become one of the most interesting and dangerous places in the world. Because of this, very few people have been able to gain an inside look. However, with the help of drones, we can once again bypass any and all restrictions.

In this first-ever compilation of video footage providing bird’s eye views of the disaster site, you can view Chernobyl both pre- and post-destruction, offering an eerie juxtaposition of images.

The Arctic

For many of us, the Arctic is much too cold and desolate a place to justify forking over the cash to visit. However, this doesn’t mean we wouldn’t mind cuddling up with a blanket and watching some footage of one of the most mysterious and uncharted places in the world. In this video, you can see evidence of photographer Peter Cox’s two-week journey through the Arctic, where he captured shots of glaciers and wildlife.

Yosemite National Park, California

Don’t have the time to trek 200 miles across Yosemite National Park? Neither do we. But we can spare five minutes to watch this video consisting of ten months worth of footage. This video includes Half Dome, made famous in part by Ansel Adams’ photography, as well as the waterfalls and valleys of the park.

Pyongyang, North Korea

Admit it—there’s a part of you that wonders what life inside North Korea is actually like. Technically, Americans can visit this secluded nation, but if you’re not willing to spend the cash or take the risk, you’re in luck. Travel company Koryo Tours paired with JT Singh and Rob Whitworth to create a time-lapse video of Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital city. What might surprise you more than aerial views of the buildings, river, and statues, is the city’s cleanliness.

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