Up Up and Away!!! 🎈

Over the last few weeks we’ve woken up to the sound of burner blows from hot air balloons trying to land on the Kingston Oval down the road from our apartment. And every morning I’ve jumped out of bed and run to the balcony, like a kid on Christmas morning.

I’m not sure what it is about hot air balloons but every time I see them they conjure up feelings of adventure and wonder. Maybe it also reminds me of the animated Pixar movie Up…

Hot_Air_Balloon_detail.jpg

Anyways with all the hot air balloons greeting us in the mornings and the Canberra Balloon Festival having just ended, lots of my recent conversations with friends have revolved around hot air balloons. So I figured I’d give a little write up about what you can expect if you’re thinking of adding ballooning to the bucket list.

My Hot Air Balloon Experience:

I’ve personally been in a hot air balloon twice in my life both times with family. My very first hot air balloon ride was back in 2005 when we were in Dubai and the second was in 2011 back in South Africa. Both experiences were absolutely breathtaking and I loved every minute of it!

Both trips were done at sunrise which was really special the light and landscape from a bird’s eye view is not something you see every day The ride lasted about an hour plus some extra time for setting up beforehand. I loved watching them inflate the balloons.

Hot_Air_Balloon_inflating.jpg

In the Air:

When the burner blows it’s louder than you’d imagine and really hot! It’s a good idea to wear a beanie or a hoodie to cover your head also it’s a bit cooler when you up in the air.

When the burner’s not on the sounds from below are crystal clear. You realise how sound travels… And you can hear everything!

They have no control over where the balloon goes, other than being able to bring it up or down to catch different winds and because you’re moving at the same speed as the air it’ll feel like you not moving at all and there’s no breeze.

The basket is really stable and to me, it felt like we were in an open-air elevator floating in the wind. There’s no turbulence like you would feel on a plane, the entire ride is very peaceful and picturesque.

Hot_Air_Balloon_view.jpg
Hot_Air_Balloon_shaddow.jpg

 

The Landing:

Landings are all different and can be a little bumpy. As you descend you can feel the speed pick up. They bring the balloon to a stop by dragging the basket along the ground sometimes this is sideways so you’ll be going horizontally. Everyone in the basket kinda falls on each other which is kinda funny.

Other Things to Note:

  1. Ballooning is highly weather dependent and flights can be delayed or cancelled so it’s always a good idea to find out what the operator's refund policy is before booking. If they give you a credit for a future flight you may never end up using it, especially if you’re on holiday.
  2. I’m not afraid of heights. But some of our family members are. They said that it didn’t bother them because their footing felt completely secure and they’d 100% do it again.
  3. The baskets aren’t very big and they try to fill it up. You’re standing shoulder to shoulder it’s not uncomfortable, there’s space to move around, but if you have any issues with strangers in your personal bubble it’s something to think about. If you can get a big group together you can fill the basket with friends and/or family to make the experience more special.
 IN THE BASKET. IT’S LIKE YOU’RE STANDING IN AN ELEVATOR.

IN THE BASKET. IT’S LIKE YOU’RE STANDING IN AN ELEVATOR.

 LANDED SAFE AND SOUND. THIS WAS A BASKET FOR 12 PEOPLE AND WE WERE A PARTY OF 10

LANDED SAFE AND SOUND. THIS WAS A BASKET FOR 12 PEOPLE AND WE WERE A PARTY OF 10

If you’ve never ever considered ballooning I hope this post peaked your interest😃it's an amazing experience to be up in the sky and looking down on the world from a different perspective.

TravelNicole Kerrigan