From its humble beginnings in the imagination of two brothers with a thirst for adventure in the late 18th century, hot air balloon rides have been known the world over for the thrill of riding the air currents far into the sky. Although the thought of getting off the ground can be a little daunting to some, the serenity of escaping the chaos of the world below is sure to calm even the greatest of skeptics. Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway, in search of a quiet retreat for a business meeting, or just looking for another great adventure, you're sure to find it in the flight of a hot air balloon.
While relying on the basic principles of science in that air rises above cooler air, the flight of air balloons has become increasingly popular. There's no doubt that one feels a slight pang of fear when approaching what will become your carrier into the sky, but the thought of the science behind it all can bring comfort to most. The adventure that unfolds once the hot air fills the balloon above is astounding and well worth any fright that might have washed over you immediately prior to the flight. Even the most fearful person would feel the undeniable exhilaration of taking off and looking down on the earth below, when it's some 8 miles beneath them. That explains why hot air balloon rides are seen as such a great thrill ride.
The general flight time is one hour either in the first few hours following dawn of the first few hours prior to dusk, as the air is found to be most stable then. Hot air balloon operators are careful to follow all safety precautions and won't fly if the weather is too unstable to allow for a safe flight. While there is an admittedly larger risk faced when choosing to go on a flight than one might face in daily life, the risks are minimal when all safety precautions are followed. Most will find that the typically 1-hour long ride can give them an entirely fresh take on life. Most flights end with a traditional champagne toast, started as a celebration of a gentle landing. No matter what it is you might seek in scheduling a hot air balloon ride, this increasingly popular escapade is sure to deliver.