Drone videos are the new Instagram photos

Vacations are pretty perfect: you're far from your job, likely with a drink in hand, and no responsibilities in sight. But, since vacations also tend to be really expensive, wouldn't it be great to get a glimpse of where you want to go rather than ponying up the pesos sight unseen?

Well, since everyone seems to have a GoPro and a drone these days, you can now do exactly that.

TravelByDrone's collected more than 6,000 HD videos captured by drones across the globe, tagging them on an interactive world map according to where they were taken. We've included a number of our favorites below. But be sure to check out the site to get a sneak peek at your next destination before finalizing any travel plans -- or to just blow an hour watching high-def drone videos. Your choice.

Stradbroke Island -- Queensland, Australia

Serengeti National Park -- Tanzania, Africa

Grand Canyon - Arizona, USA

Vatnajökull -- Iceland

Rio De Janeiro -- Brazil


Takeda Castle -- Asago, Japan

Gianni Jaccoma is an editorial assistant for Thrillist Travel, and is fluent in more than seven languages that he made up himself. Follow him on Twitter @gjaccoma.