Riding a Hot Air Balloon

I absolutely loved my experience, which was a present for me from my Dad. I asked why did he bought that as a birthday present, I didn’t asked for that in the first place, he just told me “Secret, just enjoy the ride and you will feel great” at the back of my mind, my dad is really strange.  Maybe because he already had the experience in that ride or maybe because he enjoyed it, so that’s why he bought that for me. Well it’s for me to find out.

There were questions that really bothers me about the ride or how could I react if I’m already there.

What would I wear?

Funny thing is that I really don’t know what to wear, but I decided to wear a jacket because I thought it will be that cold. For a hot air balloon to fly or to work it needs a balloon’s burners and open flames, so surprisingly it’s very H-O-T even if its windy, I felt really warm. But still I enjoyed it.

Is hot air ballooning safe?

It’s absolutely safe! Pilots were very professional and they really give an instruction on what we will do if something happen and they provide safety gear, too.

Where would it land?

This is my favourite part! Know why? Because I thought it would be the same as the airplane landed but it’s not. What I did was I squat to ensure that I will be safe but the pilot gives an instruction for us to be safe. Landings are likely to be a wee bit bumpy, but all I can say is that “expect the unexpected landing”. Because we landed at the sea side.

Can I take a “Selfie” during the ride or can take some pictures?

I wonder on how I could possibly take some photos because I’m scared that my phone will fall, so I asked one of their staff if I can possibly take some photos during the ride and she answered a big YES. She then gave me a wrist strap for my phone to secure it and I started to capture those awesome views, without worrying that my phone will fall.

How could I enjoy the ride?

Since I’m really into Mother Nature, I definitely enjoyed the ride. It was lovely seeing the mountains, the houses, seas, and the people are getting smaller as the balloons went up, and the busy cities. It’s really fascinating as soon as you’re on top. I felt that I can barely touch the clouds and I can feel the heat of the sun which is quite really hot. It was really fun!

I thought that it would be very boring on riding a hot air balloon because it not like a roller coaster ride, or a zipline ride, but it’s not, for real. How about you? Did you experience the same thing like I do? Or something more fantastic? Share your experience  here, too.

Why You Ought To Try Riding A Hot Air Balloon

Planning for a vacation would be great, especially when you’re planning to go with your friends or your family to spend some quality time. But what would be the possible things to do? Or anything adventurous activities, just to make sure that they are having fun?

My brother suggested that we will try the hot air balloon ride, and I find it exciting because one of my friends have already experienced it.

But I started to ask myself, can my nephews enjoy the ride even if there are six years old and the other one is nine years old? Would they allow my best friend to ride on the hot air balloon even if she’s six months pregnant? Could it be possible?

Here’s what I realised during the ride:

Kids are allowed with an adult supervision. Before our flight, I asked my friend if they will allow the children aged six and nine years old to enjoy the hot air balloon ride and she said yes as long as my nephews are at least 4ft 6 inches tall and they will be accompanied by an adult.

Bringing of cameras. Yes, they allow me to bring my camera during the departure to capture some beautiful scenes but also they told me that I need to secure it so that it won’t fall.

It can accommodate up to 14 people. Since we are nine in the family, I thought that they will not allow us, but surprisingly they allow us to enjoy the ride together. They gave us the biggest hot air balloon that would definitely fit from 12-14 people while on the smaller hot air balloon it will only accommodate for 2-4 people.

Incomparable view on top. We went up for almost 3,000 feet approximately. It’s possible for us to reach 5,000 feet that would really depends on airspace and it would vary, but the view was still great.

Pregnant women are not allowed to ride in the hot air balloon. Unfortunately, my best friend was not able to take the ride because she is six months pregnant, she was sad for that incident but it’s for her own good.

No Smoking! You can’t smoke in or around a hot air balloon because the propene is highly flammable. It’s sort of self-explanatory why.

Don’t drink too much water or coffee. There are no bathrooms in there, so better not drink too much of water before your ride. Simply, there’s no loo for you to use.

Overall? It was all worth it. You just have to be brave enough to give it a shot. But then again, you won’t regret it plus the fact that the whole experience itself is priceless.

So, question. Are you “IN” in this type of adventure? If not, you’re really missing out, I tell you. This should be in your bucket list!

Anyway, whether or not you’d adventurous self want to try this or not, the point is it’s fun to experience new things.

Experience Riding the Hot Air Balloon for the First Time  

Have you ever thought you could ride a hot air balloon all by yourself? Are you ready to experience riding a hot air balloon for the first time? First things first is you need to know the basic steps and tips with brief explanation on how you should properly ride a hot air balloon to help you get prepared and be alert when emergency situation occur. Here’s how you should do it:

PROPER ATTIRE

Boots or Sneakers – Riding a hot air balloon, for others, is just a normal ride. But when it is your first time riding a hot air balloon and if you are all alone, you need to know the basic clothing to wear. For first timers, we will never know where we will going to land, if it is muddy or normally the landing place in a hot air balloon is wet. It is important to protect our precious feet from grass burrs so we need to wear boots or thick sneakers with high socks for safety measures.

Pants – When you are about to ride the hot air balloon, of course you are going to climb in and out so it is really important to have a proper clothing that allows you to bend easily and stretchable too.

Hat – In a hot air balloon, as you can see, there is a burner and additionally, the heat of the sun will strike you through so it is better to put a hat on. You should choose between a cap and hat that can hold back your hair especially for women so that you can see the view exquisitely.

Clothing that depends on the weather – When you notice that the weather is cold or extremely hot, layered clothing and jackets are appropriate to wear. If you like wearing tank tops or t-shirts when riding hot air balloons during summer, be sure you apply sunscreen in your skin to avoid sunburn.

THINGS TO REMEMBER

Go with the flow – Once you are ready with your riding attire, you need to learn the launch process too. Once you meet your pilot and crew, you should definitely go with to the launch site.

Be on time for the call – It is important to be on time to meeting site so that launch isn’t delayed and the full flight time can be experienced. One time our friend was so late to arrive in the launch site, we took off without her and she regretted that time.

Use the restroom before the flight – And the important thing you need to do is use the restroom before leaving for launch site. Remember, there are no restrooms up above once you are on your way.

Enjoy the ride – Once you are inside the hot air balloon pad, keep calm, just enjoy the view and do not loiter with your fellow group so that you can avoid any accidents. Always listen to the pilot and crew to ensure safety.

When you have already remembered all of this, you are definitely ready to ride your first ever hot air balloon experience now. Just remember that every experience is unique and we go where the wind takes us. Trust your crew, the pilot and enjoy the flight!

Hot Air Balloon Adventures!

What adventure are you digging into lately?

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I would really say it’s one of the toughest and the greatest experience of my life that I would definitely put on top of my adventure list for next year.

Are you wondering what I am talking about? Well, today, I am going to walk you through my whole experience riding and getting the flight of my life in a hot air balloon. Yes, I have already experienced riding a hot air balloon and to tell you honestly, it was like riding the clouds. It is definitely a dream come true for me and to my friends too. Now, let’s get started.

Let me ask you this, have you ever tried riding a hot air balloon before? As you can see in the internet, there are different kinds of hot air balloons made that depends on the country or the maker’s design as well. I had the luckiest day that time because I had the chance to ride the Virgin Balloon Flights in which I have seen the beautiful view of the whole UK as I have never seen it before. I was really mesmerized aside from the fact that I am riding a hot air balloon for the first time. It was definitely a thrilling experience and then I got carried away in a hot air balloon all the way near the clouds. How cool is that? I couldn’t contain myself that time.

It was amazing and the ride prices are awesome too. The adult price range from £80 to £110 and the child price range from £79 to £65. It’s really affordable and can be enjoyed by families and friends all over the world. The good thing about it is that they take the flight first thing in the morning in which you can enjoy watching the sunrise all over the country. Next time I will share with you some of my pictures taken during the ride.

Aside from all the excitement and beautiful sceneries the hot air balloon offers to everyone, they are also fully equipped to fly mornings and evenings, 7 days a week from all over the country during flying season which is really great. They also fly their balloons all over England, Scotland and Wales which is really amazing.

The last time we’ve ride the hot air balloon is when we are in England and it was really an amazing experience ever. When you are planning to look for balloon flights in UK on the web, make sure you also consider the wind directions and wind speeds before you book your flights. The first time I have booked a hot air balloon rides, I look at the news, search online of the weather for the said date and then look for a reliable source to book and pay the scheduled date. Fast forward — it’s FUN. Like seriously.

-Emilia Wilson