A newlywed couple from Kyoto, Japan has been making news after sharing a breathtaking collection of video images from their honeymoon. Kaz and Mariko Yamaguchi, wanted to ensure that their epic honeymoon would be captured in the best way possible. So in addition to snapping “selfies” and posing for countless photographs, the pair decided to purchase a drone and capture breathtaking aerial footage of their favorite locations.
This new trend of taking “dronies” as opposed to “selfies” is becoming popular worldwide, due to the extra scope for capturing much more of the surrounding scenery in each shot.
Kaz and Mariko began their epic honeymoon in July 2015, taking in a total of 48 countries in 400 days. They documented their adventures in several stunning locations. The best aerial shots were taken in Lençóis Maranhenses National Park in Brazil, Dubrovnik in Croatia, Uyuni in Bolivia, and Guatape in Colombia.
Prior to the adventure, Kaz had no real drone expertise, having only flown the machine a couple of times in Japan after it was purchased. Still, he eventually learned and it turned out to be a great idea, as it captured the wider environment of the area they were visiting, while also helping to break the ice and bring smiles to the faces of locals.
It’s not always a simple task however, as the couple went through three drones. The first was bought in Japan and lost in a mountain in Norway. The second was bought in Paris, but it crashed hard in a canyon in Namibia. The third was bought in South Africa and is still operating.
But the $1,000 drone replacement cost wasn’t too hard to justify, for the pair travelled on a strict budget by staying in hostels for under $10. They even had to stay in one that was infested with bugs and with no hot showers.
The total budget for the venture was about $25,000. They saved money over two years while living in a small apartment in Kyota that cost just $300 per month. Kaz also made money by working as a programmer. For others looking to capture their vacation in a similar way, Kaz advises them to check the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) laws in each country, and learn how to fly either through classes or online videos.
Translated by Chua, B.C. and edited by Kathy McWilliams.
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