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New service offers travellers professional drone footage of their vacation

World1

August 4, 2016 at 6:00 pm

As more and more wanderlust-inducing drone footage from amazing destinations2 is shared on social media, a luxury travel company has launched a new service that will send an expert drone photographer along on your next trip to capture it all from above. Black Tomato has created the Drone the World service, which is designed to bring travellers to some of the world s most remote places and leave them with a unique souvenir an exclusive drone video of their vacation3. The UK and US based travel company has pulled together a network of professional drone cameramen and artistic directors4 who worked across various Blockbuster films such as Star Wars, James Bond and award-winning documentaries for the BBC and National Geographic .

One group has already taken a trip with Tim Browning, who has worked on Star Wars5, to film a family celebrating a landmark birthday off the coast of Myanmar6 where they explored mangrove swamps and deserted beaches. Travellers will have a pre-trip consultation with their drone photographer and editor to learn about the process and discuss what they want to capture in their footage, whether it s an event or a particular place they are visiting. Guests can travel with the guide for a certain portion of the trip, or the entire trip, but according to Bloomberg, prices start at $5500 per person for a weekend trip with Browning.

When the travellers get back home they will receive a featurette produced by their photographer As an exclusive memoir of their exclusive adventure and the chance to see where they travelled from a completely different angle .

Black Tomato co-founder Tom Marchant said in a statement that while people are more comfortable now with taking their own photographs7, bringing a photographer along allows clients to focus on the experience which is truly special instead of worrying about getting the right shot .

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  6. ^ Myanmar (www.lonelyplanet.com)
  7. ^ more comfortable now with taking their own photographs (www.lonelyplanet.com)

Give me the Great British holiday over fancy foreign sojourns any day

When I was growing up, holidays used to begin like a dawn raid. There would be a pounding on the bedroom door at what my Army friend calls Oh-Christ-hundred-hours. Then my sister and I would sit in the back of the car while my father stamped about roaring and my mother hard ‘boiled eggs with the expression of somebody offering up the whole experience as a mortification.

Looking at the hideous images of gridlock at Dover over the weekend, I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude that we aren t planning to take the ferry this year

At last, with the morning star still faintly gleaming, we d set off, and my sister would throw up at Uckfield and thereafter every half an hour, all the way to Cornwall.

One glorious year we went to France by ferry and my mother was sick instead. Looking at the hideous images of gridlock at Dover over the weekend, I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude that we aren t planning to take the ferry this year. Or, indeed, to travel anywhere that involves airport check-in desks, passports or, frankly, Abroad. We had our summer Discount Holidays © holiday last month, in Cornwall. And it was lovely.

It has taken a while for the concept of a staycation to take root in our household. Those childhood trips to the West Country left me with a sense that the Platonic ideal of a Discount Holidays © holiday involves eating gritty egg sandwiches on the beach in a fine drizzle, wearing bikini bottoms and a woolly jumper. My partner, oddly enough, doesn t altogether share this view. Shall we go to the Maldives? he said, quite soon after we met. I had a vague notion that the Maldives were somewhere in Spain, and said, Mmm, lovely. Or there s Cornwall, perhaps?

Faced with the post-Brexit falling pound and carnage on the beautiful streets of Nice, Paris and Istanbul, Bognor suddenly acquires a certain allure

I lost the argument that year, and of course it was magical to see turtles and eagle ray and whale shark.

But fast-forward five years to this June, when we went fishing in the Helford estuary and found ourselves alongside a pod of pilot whales another experience I ll remember for the rest of my life, the only difference being that it didn t involve a 10-hour flight, and it cost a fraction of that earlier trip. Ever since the days of the Grand Tour, Blighty has been seen as somewhere to get away from: the unpredictable weather, frightful food and absence of sprezzatura, joie de vivre, pizzazz and other enviable foreign qualities. Who wouldn t want to flee the windswept sands of Bognor for the land where the lemon tree grows?

Yet faced with the post-Brexit falling pound and carnage on the beautiful streets of Nice, Paris and Istanbul, Bognor suddenly acquires a certain allure. This summer, the UK tourist website Visit Britain has reported a significant increase in UK Discount Holidays © holiday bookings, both from staycationers and overseas visitors. If you were a pessimist, you might find this a faintly depressing development: a symptom of a nation turning its back on the world beyond its shores.

But consider what lies within those shores, and you may change your mind. In the space of a few days this summer, we swam in the brisk Atlantic, ate cockles foraged from the beach, drank in a Falmouth bookshop/bar as sophisticated as anything in Williamsburg and heard a nightingale sing. Many of these activities, admittedly, were performed while wearing a woolly jumper but given a choice between that and jetlag, I ll take the jumper, every time.

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Rob Riggle Brings Humor—And Coffee—To Holiday Inn Express

In a role created just for him, actor/comedian Rob Riggle will be Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express s first creative director and the face of the new Stay Smart campaign spots. The former Daily Show correspondent will be featured in the hotel brand s new campaign spots, revolving around his love of all things caffeinated. After Riggle s idea last year to add one-touch pancakes to the Express Start breakfast bar, his current order of business is bringing a Keurig K 130 coffeemaker to every guest room.

If there s anything I love as much as pancakes at the push of a button, it s coffee at the push of a button, he said. Riggle will be featured on holidayinnexpress.com1 as well as the Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express brand s YouTube2, Instagram3, Twitter4, and Facebook5 pages throughout the spring, summer, and fall.

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There is really nothing you can say or do to convince people where to go, nor should you ever tell anyone that any place is safe. What you can do is talk them through it and address their fears.

Jack Ezon

President, Ovation Vacations

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  5. ^ Facebook (www.ihgplc.com)

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