As drones become more portable, travelers have taken their flying cameras around the world to capture our stunning planet from an aerial perspective.
But which countries were the most popular for drone pilots in 2019?
AirVūz —an online community and media hosting site for drone pilots and aerial enthusiasts — compiled a list of the top-ranked countries for drone videos. The ranking is based on the location of all videos uploaded to drone media site AirVuz.com from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2019.
The United States was the most-droned country in the world for all of 2019. This included videos from all over the lower 48 states, plus plenty of footage from the mountains of Alaska and the beaches of Hawaii. Videos from the U.S. included both traditional stabilized camera footage using drones such as the popular DJI Mavic 2 Pro, as well as first-person view videos from drone racing pilots around the country.
Turkey, the United Kingdom, Italy and France rounded out the top five most-droned countries.
Many of the videos from Turkey featured its historic capital city of Istanbul. Another popular location of Turkey showcased by drone pilots was Cappadocia, famous for its hot air balloons and unique landscapes.
Pilots made their way all across the United Kingdom in 2019, with videos spanning from Northern Ireland to Wales to Scotland to many regions of England. Italy and France — popular destinations for tourists of all types — not surprisingly made the list. Whether it was the historic architecture or vineyards of Italy or the stunning countryside of France, both countries were hotspots for drone enthusiasts in 2019.
Here’s the top 10:
- United States
- United Kingdom
For those looking to bring a drone while traveling in 2020, be sure to check with the local drone regulations and laws to ensure you fly safely and legally.