How to Rent a Drone for Your Next Vacation

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I know the feeling – you’re scrolling through your Instagram feed watching incredible aerial footage of the Maldives and the Philippines, and can’t help yourself from looking up the price of the drones used to take these shots. I was having one of these moments a month ago when I realized … maybe I could RENT a drone for my upcoming trip to Vieques??

After a bit of online research, I found a company called Blue Skies Drone Rental.

The Washington-based company rents a variety of drones for as little as $99/3 days. My Phantom 4 was delivered on time the day before I left for Vieques, Puerto Rico. It arrived in a small styrofoam box that doubled as a lightweight backpack. All of the necessary equipment was included – the drone, the blades, the remote control, the chargers and 3 battery packs. The box to return the drone in was prepaid, which made the entire rental process incredibly easy.

This is how to rent a drone for your next vacation!

I have to admit that I was nervous about operating a drone. The week prior to the Phantom 4’s arrival, I watched probably 15 video tutorials and read 8 blog posts because I truly had no idea what I was doing. I was terrified until about 10 minutes of having the drone up in the air.

But as it turns out, operating a Phantom 4 is beyond easy. The DJI app is incredibly user-friendly and functions like “Return to Home,” “Auto Take-off” and “Auto Land” make flying this thing preeeetty hard to mess up.

Plus, I got some absolutely stunning footage:

This is how to rent a drone for your next vacation! This is how to rent a drone for your next vacation!This is how to rent a drone for your next vacation!This is how to rent a drone for your next vacation!

If you want to invest in a drone eventually, a rental is the perfect chance to test out the model you have in mind. And if you can’t commit to the purchase, why not try out a drone for a couple of days to get some beautiful footage?? 🙂

And that’s where this awesome giveaway opportunity comes in (CLOSED):

Blue Skies Drone Rental is giving away TWO SEPARATE DRONE RENTALS! The first winner will be rewarded a 5 day rental and the second, a 3 day rental. They will be shipped to your U.S. based address ( sorry, they only ship domestically right now ), but you can travel with the drone wherever you want! The only restriction is that your rental must be complete by March 31, 2017.

To enter, all you need to do is four things:

    1. Follow The Bold Brunette on Instagram
    2. Follow Blue Skies Drone Rental on Instagram
    3. Like The Bold Brunette’s Facebook page
    4. Comment below and tell me where in the world you want to film 🙂
    5. EXTRA POINTS: Tag a friend in the comments of this Instagram photo:

The giveaway will close on Tuesday, February 7th and winners will be announced on my Facebook and Instagram on Wednesday, February 8th.

Good luck everyone!


( Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with Blue Skies Drone Rental. The Bold Brunette was given a rental free of charge in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own. )

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  1. Andrea Ng says:

    I would love to film Vancouver and Tahiti! Thank you for holding this giveaway!

  2. Cynthia says:

    Hey Christina!

    I love your content and your drone shots are amazing! I’m a creative who dabbles in a variety of mediums and would love to use the Phantom to get beautiful shots of NYC! I’m in the midst of shooting a short visual story of my under represented ‘hood, Queens, NY. I like to describe it as a visual love letter for my portfolio, to show love to the borough that raised me. These shots would be so great over the Long Island City pier to show off that view of the Manhattan skyline.

    Thank you so much for creating such a great opportunity but most importantly inspiring my creativity and wanderlust with your content and visuals!

    All the best,

  3. Shem says:

    This is amazing! I had no idea you could RENT one! I’d like to film in the Maldives to get a gorgeous shot of the over water bungalows!

  4. Taylor says:

    I’d love to film in the Maldives!

  5. Minhanb says:

    I would love to film in Bali! I love your blog btw!!

  6. I would love to film in Finland or Sweden, where I am going this summer. Arkansas would be super cool too!

  7. Freya Corner says:

    I’d really love to film over the Gaia foundation in Malta – not only would this produce some insane images but it could help promote the good work of this foundation.

  8. Skye says:

    Filming above Italy’s coastline would be breathtaking!

  9. I’d love to rent a drone for my trip to Thailand!! ?

  10. Becca says:

    I would love to film my upcoming trip to Vietnam and Cambodia over my birthday in February!!!! Not sure if I would be able to send it back from there or if I would have to rent for longer but it would be a really cool addition to my go pro video edits! Thanks for holding such a cool giveaway!

  11. Tanya Galewski says:

    My husband and I were travelling nomads for the better half of 2016!! So this would be an amazing addition to our adventures.

    This year we will explore Hawaii (and hopefully the carridbean), so we would love to use the drone for those adventures. However, we are also going to camp along the NSW coast, which would showcase some epic hidden gems that Australia has to offer!

    Keep wandering!!!

  12. I would love to film in Japan which I’m hoping to visit for the cherry blossoms and Iceland!!! You’ve given me so much inspiration!

  13. Laura says:

    I would film the beaches in Florida!

  14. Jenny says:

    All these shots are beautiful! I would love to film in Greece, all the amazing islands and architecture! I’d also like to take some shots from above in my hometown (Naples, FL). 🙂

    Xx, Jenny

  15. Christiana says:

    Hi christina! You blog its amazing ! I would like to film San Marino And cinque terre In Italy!! Also i would love to film my hometown cyprus because it’s beautiful in summer!

  16. Mackenzie says:

    I am still a newbie to Southern California (I moved to LA from Philly about 8 months ago!) and would love to capture more of it!! I would love to catch some shots of the waves in the Laguna tidepools (especially at 1000 Steps Beach – and the steps themselves!), and some of La Tour on Victoria Beach. There is a round concrete pool that gets filled by the waves there and it would be amazing to see it from above! LA just had a record-amount of rain too, and I can’t wait to see how beautiful everything is here during spring – a bird’s eye view of a green LA would be incredible!

  17. Diana Miaus says:

    That’s awesome! I would love to test it in Iceland!! ?

  18. I am going on a huge road trip for the month of March in the USA – all over. The drone would be perfect for the trip!

  19. Jieshengfine says:

    I’d film in New Zealand b/c I’m too out of shape to hike up some of those mountains/glaciers! ??? I was there a few months ago and could see the glaciers, but never got close enough ?

  20. Lisa Szparlo says:

    I would absolutely love to film in South Africa or Iceland. I have always wanted a drone and this would make my dreams come true! Iceland would be amazing as I would be able to catch all of the waterfall and mountain shots ? Also just starting an Instagram page so this would help a ton ??

  21. Ah Yes Yes Yes! I always wanted a drone!!!! I’m going on a roadtrip true Canada ?? and it would be a dream come true to bring it!

  22. May Nguyen says:

    I would love film in Hawaii or Cancun. Anywhere with a big beautiful ocean ❤️?

  23. Andy Teo Nguyen says:

    I would love to film on my upcoming grand canyon trip!

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