Well you're not alone. Drone's are getting increasingly popular and the horror stories and fear mongering are slowly dissipating as people learn more about them. The technology is advancing so fast that you can now get incredibly safe and high quality drones for prices a third of what you had to pay only 5 years ago.
So where to start?!
First off you need to understand that it isn't as easy as it looks. There are so many drones with safety features and obstacle avoidance that do indeed make it 'easy' to fly under the right conditions. But the truth is those features and and will fail and you need to be able to fly confidently without them for when that happens.
But don't worry that's not as expensive or hard as you may think to do. You don't need to practise with a £1,000 drone that you will more than likely crash and damage dozens of times. Start off with something cheap and small that you can fly indoors like this: http://amzn.to/2dZ6jlh For around £20 you'll have a drone that you can fly and crash as much as you need to until you can get familiar with the controls and behaviours of a drone. For more info on different drones to buy checkout this post:
One thing that you have to take into consideration is whether it’s worth you getting a drone. With the strict laws in most countries you may not legally be allowed to fly your drone where you want to. If you’re not a commercial operator a lot of people believe that the restrictions don’t apply to them. You regularly see pictures on social media posted by people that look beautiful but from the picture alone it’s easy to see that the shot was completely illegal. Most regularly due to proximity to roads or buildings.
So make sure you check the laws and don’t abuse them! Safety is paramount and the laws are mainly in place for that precise reason!