UPDATED: Three Gap Year Travel Essentials From DJI

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The ‘gap year’ has become a real fixture in the live’s of 20-somethings today.  Taking a year off to explore the planet and grow up a bit, before taking that next big step in life, certainly has it’s perks.

But in our Youtube culture of livestreaming and insta-sharing, traveling abroad for a gap year means taking epic photos and videos to document the journey.

If you take a quick look at DJI‘s offering of drones and handheld smartphone gimbals it is a one-stop shop for everything you (or your grad) needs to have the best gap year ever.

Here’s our list of must-have products to make the most of capturing your memories and life on the road:

# 1 -Compact, Foldable Drone: DJI Mavic Pro

Regardless of what ‘type’ of gap year traveler you are, you’ll only have so much room in your luggage.  As nice as it would be to pack a new Phantom 4 Advanced, it’s a little too bulky.  Thankfully DJI has built the best foldable drone in the universe that shoots 4k video, flies for almost 30 minutes and captures 12MP photos.

Compact, foldable 4K video in the palm of your hand

And you can even broadcast your video live in real time from your smartphone if you have a reliable mobile internet connection.  How cool is that?

And DJI has great tutorials covering everything you need to know to be able to live-stream your video to Facebook and Youtube.

According to The Global Work & Travel Co., specialists in Gap Year travel, the average trip duration is 46 weeks.  With that much time on your hands you’ll need the full ‘Fly More Combo’ that DJI offers.  It comes with extra batteries and additional supplies (like an extra set of propellers) that you’ll definitely need on the road.

The best part is how small the Mavic Pro is.  It can fit just about anywhere, it’s lightweight, and super easy to fly without sacrificing any features.

#2 -Handheld Camera/Smartphone Gimbal – DJI Osmo Mobile

DJI Osmo Mobile in Black

Because of increasing restrictions on flying drones, and the fact that each country has a different set of rules, there will be times when the Mavic has to stay in the bag.

In these situations you’ll be ground filming, using the sweetest hand-held smart phone gimbal available: the DJI Osmo Mobile.

Available in Silver or Black, the Osmo Mobile turns your smartphone into a smart motion camera, making every moment you shoot look smooth, professional and ready to share.

The ActiveTrack technology built into the DJI GO app allows the Osmo Mobile to automatically keep your smarphone facing you as you move.  You no longer have to choose between recording a moment or taking part in it.

There are a host of other features including camera control for taking long exposures and night shots, and the ability to live stream straight to Youtube and Facebook using the DJI GO app.

With the Osmo Mobile‘s Panorama function you can take sweeping landscape photos to create stunning images that blend together up to 9 separate images.

NEW: #3 DJI Spark Mini Camera Drone

Just released last month by DJI, the Spark tucks in nicely for the user who wants powerful features and automated functions without the complexity of an advanced drone like the Mavic.

Spark can even be flown without a phone or remote control, and will respond to your hand gestures.  But using your smartphone, or the optional remote control, opens up a wealth of features and automatic flight paths to make capturing the great moments of your Gap Year so easy.

With a tap of the screen you can active TapFly for automatic routes, or ActiveTrack so the Spark automatically follows it’s subject.

And it’s about the same size as a folded up Mavic, making it perfect for your extended road-trip!

The beauty of both the Mavic Pro and the Osmo Mobile is how compact they are.  The Mavic is actually small enough to slip into just about any sling bag or purse, and the Osmo Mobile can fit into a jacket pocket.

Both have been designed and built to put the maximum power of the camera in the hands of the user in a simple, compact package.

Order online with free shipping and no tax at DJI….don’t forget to send us a #Dronie !

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