Things To Consider
Safety. Any other adventure has its own level of danger. With hot air balloons, as long as you negotiate with only the prestigious and trusted team, you will be safer. Most clubs accredit pilots who have completed certain number of years and are licenced. Safety not only depends on the pilot but also on how they maintain their balloon rides.
Temperature. Even if controlled by fire or heat, you will be surprised to know that it is not hotter than it is on the ground. You might think it’s cold since you are up in the air but that is not the case. You will definitely not feel the chill up there. It is best to wear comfortable clothing. You may bring a jacket just in case the weather plays trick on you.
Launch and Land. The question of where to ride and where to land is always the most asked question. There will always be the thrill of not knowing where you will go. Hours before flying, pilot balloons are flown to check on the wind direction and speed. Once determined, you will be transferred to the flying site. After 45 minutes to an hour, you will be landing in a safe and nearby area.
Altitude. Depending on the wind direction, the altitude can reach up to 5000 feet or as less as 500 feet.
Duration. The length of the experience will also depend on the wind’s course and speed. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee on how long or short you can stay in the air.
Number of Passengers. The balloon size will determine the number of persons it can accommodate. On a regular-sized balloon, it can fit 4-6 persons. Big ones can accommodate up to 10 persons. However, if you wish to enjoy the view from above with just your significant other, you might have to pay an extra for it.
Weather. Once the flying team finds out that the weather will not cooperate, the schedule will be cancelled and rescheduled to another day. Safety is always the top priority.
Cost. Riding in hot air balloon can cost a few hundred pounds per person. Be ready to spend for an hour’s worth of flying time.
Another thing to be considered when riding a hot air balloon is agility. There is no age limit for someone to be able to ride on a hot air balloon. The important thing yet least unnoticed is that someone has to get in and out of the basket. This can pose as a challenge for the elderly.
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