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We've talked before about how drones are are set to upend the travel world, from travel photography to travel safety. Sometimes the developments are newsy, like when the federal government banned drones inside national parks out of safety and noise concerns. Other times they can get kind of worrying, like when we gave you the heads up that idiots are using hobby drones to buzz commercial aircraft.
But overall, the trend in the travel world is the same as everywhere else: innovation then disruption then regulatory concerns and then innovation. People are finding lots of new ways to do old things. Travel photography is just one of the more obvious examples.
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Two days is about the correct amount of time before big brands begin experimenting with new social media apps. This has again proved true for Hyperlapse from Instagram, as travel companies race to see how sped-up video can enrich their online presence.
Technically the first airline to dabble in Hyperlapse was Qantas, as they re-grammed a Hyperlapse from one of their travelers, who captured Qantas airplane movements from a lounge at Sydney International Airport before his own flight.
But the first airline to create their own Hyperlapse video using the new app was...
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Have you posted a Hyperlapse yet?
Hyperlapse from Instagram, a free video app released yesterday to the iTunes app store, is enjoying runaway success, with more than 40,000 Instagrams bearing the #hyperlapse hashtag in just the first 24 hours. The quick uptake isn't surprising; the app is well-designed, easy to use, easy to sync with social media, and inspirational in nature.
It's obvious from the first moment of the first Hyperlapse (Instagram's promo video, above), that this brand new app is
god's Instagram's gift to mobile travel photography. Wired even went so far as to call it a "$15,000 video setup in your hand."
Scenery near Hilo... on a nice day
We all hope and pray for good weather when we're on the road, but sometimes luck just isn't on your side. Such was the case for those who had made plans to travel to Hawaii earlier this month when Hurricane Iselle move across the island chain.
Natural disasters are nothing to make light of, but as we saw with the floods in Colorado last year, some adventure travelers take advantage of the extreme conditions. Anyone who was in Hilo after the storm hit had a similar opportunity, one filled with gushing waterfalls.
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We’re still a month away from the true kickoff of the NFL football season, but Alaska Airlines is already banking for your fall travel dollars with a football-theme promotion. Along with their Chief Football Officer—and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson—they’ve got a new commercial promoting their general airline awesomeness.
The ad depicts Alaska Airlines employees going through some traditional football training camp activities, but of course with a little bit more of an airline edgethink flight attendants tossing bags of peanuts to cardboard passengers aboard golf carts.
It’s pretty darn funny and definitely worth thirty seconds of your time on a Friday, so be sure to check it out.
[Photo / Video: Alaska Airlines]
[Photo / Video: Alaska Airlines]
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Emirates' EK857 & EK858 are currently the world's shortest Airbus A380 flights at 1 hour, 25 minutes and 1 hour, respectively. They travel between Dubai, UAE to Kuwait City, Kuwait, a route which saw the Boeing 777 up until mid-July, when the superjumbo took over and this video was made on the inaugural.
The switch to the A380 coincides with Emirates' 25th Anniversary of service to Kuwait, so the video concludes with all the pomp and circumstance that surrounds such a milestone.
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This was posted to YouTube last week, it swept through reddit three days ago, it landed at Laughing Squid on Monday, and on AdWeek later that day. We're only bringing it to you now and, for that, we apologize.
YouTube user Frank Wunderlich says he was flying back from the United States into Germany's Frankfurt Airport when he discovered that "the biggest german airport plays a key role as an imperial starport in the new episode" of Star Wars. Since most people can't really visualize what that means - even though the new Star Wars movie is kind of a big deal, and people have been sort of talking about the series in general for a while - he went ahead and posted the video we've embedded below.
The video - which he titled "Leaked Star Wars Episode VII Filmset Footage!" - is now inching toward 5 million views on YouTube. Because the Internet is kind of magic that way.
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A long layover at Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport is a common occurrence, but far less common is making a mini-film out of it. Traveler Richard Dunn recently found himself passing a night at LAS, and decided to have a little fun with his iPhone, shooting a lip-synced version of Celine Dion's "All By Myself."
The 5-minute, 20-second video is something of a de facto ode to Las Vegas, in that it features Celine Dion, McCarran Airport, and the thrill of entertainment in Sin City. Of course "anything," in this case, involves turning an average passenger into a music video superstar, which is what is happening on the internet as the video has been trending in popularity since yesterday.
Alas, frolicking in a nearly empty airport during the late hours isn't an original idea; a duo made a brief video (below) inside Dallas-Ft Worth Airport during a similarly boring stretch of pre-flight waiting.
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A few years ago Google published an ad about finding love in Paris, which ended with a guy...well, finding love in Paris. The purpose of the spot was to highlight all of the different things you can find by using the search engine (information, flights, locations) and it was widely acknowledged as a successful bit of advertising that left everybody with a nice, pleasant feeling.
This new video that just came out from Expedia Mexico is the opposite of that. We're not saying that it doesn't workit definitely makes us want to travel to France, as France-themed travel advertising ought to dobut it's not exactly designed to generate warm fuzzies. Crushing regret is closer to what this commercial seems to be aiming for.
Some destination ad campaigns can be brilliant in doing their job to inspire travel, while others are simply awful. Luckily for Tourism Australia, they've decided to go in a different direction from that full-frontal kangaroo, in favor of the country's delicious food and wine.
Themed as "Restaurant Australia," the 3-minute commercial equates the country to one big restaurant. The menu is the journey, with obligatory shots of Sydney Harbour, Melbourne's Laneways, Uluru, and the Great Barrier Reef interspersed with glossy close-ups of glorious seafood, sippable vintages and, of course, tender Aussie lamb, all set to a powerful soundtrack by Aboriginal musician, Dewayne Everettsmith.
It's a well-known fact that actor Bill Murray can turn up anywhere, at anytime, inject your life with a dash of sage-like wisdom, and then disappear back into the world like some kind of burly fairy godmother. Events like these happen with such delightful randomness and frequency that there's a website devoted to tales of Bill Murray encounters.
One such appearance occurred this week, at a bachelor party in Charleston, WV. Murray is caught on video (posted on Deadspin) sharing his tip for deciding whether or not marriage is the right choice in a relationship. As you can guess from the fact we're talking about it, Bill's focus is on travel companionship.
You can watch the video above to get it straight from Murray's mouth, or see the quote below.
Delta really wants your attention, please. Their newest in-flight safety video seeks to grab and hold your eyeballs through the important informational aspects of the flight, while giving your imagination enough candy to delight.
They've been changing it up so often recently that it's almost as if Delta is a safety video production company with a flying habit, versus the other way around. Delta's 1980s-theme safety video hasn't even been in use for six months yet, and the airline is promising yet another video to follow next week.