December 12, 2006
One of the most gratifying experiences one can have in life is flying in hot air balloons. The feeling of floating seemingly effortlessly above the earth and sailing smoothly with the wind is unmatchable. As your hot air balloon drifts peacefully towards the sky, you have the advantage to see the world from an entirely different perspective. From above, everything looks so much smaller and insignificant. People seem as small as ants, cars seem more like toy cars and you feel like you’re on top of the world.
Hot air balloons are a great way to get away from it all and put life into perspective. A hot air balloon ride is the ultimate romantic date, especially when you and your special someone are lifting off during sunrise or sunset. Of course, balloons are also a unique way for your family to take on a new adventure together or boost your office morale with a little teambuilding high in the sky. Just about everyone can enjoy hot air balloons. They move at the same speed as the environment, which means they don’t cause motion sickness. And, as long as you’re in generally good health and not pregnant, you’ll be permitted to enjoy the serene beauty of viewing the earth from several feet up.
There are a couple of things to remember when you’re preparing for your hot air balloon flight though. Dress comfortably, just as you would on the ground. Because hot air balloons fly at the same pace as the air around it, you won’t have to deal with wind chill factors at all. And of course, bring your camera. Unless you’re a hobbyist, you’ll probably not treat yourself to many hot air balloon rides. So take a lot of pictures so you can look through them later and relive your wonderful top of the world experience again and again.
If you’re afraid of heights, you don’t have to worry because you can still enjoy the beauty of hot air balloons. Even watching the balloons from the ground is an amazing sight. Balloon season is generally from April through November and during that time you’re likely to see several balloons a day floating through the sky. You can even participate in the inflation process if you want. Learning how the balloons ignite, launch and stay afloat can be a lot of fun and you never know, it may intrigue you enough to get over your fear of heights and take flight.