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Top Tips for the First Time Balloonist

anairballoonguideJul 30, 2018, 12:16:04 AM

If you are finally having your first Phoenix hot air balloon ride but you're not very sure what you should expect or what comes with it, relax! The following are tips to help ensure it will be a blast:

Have a flexible schedule.

Hot air balloon flights are very dependent on the weather. Any possibility of storms or anything that can affect a safe ride will often lead to the flight's cancellation. Balloon pilots and staff are masters of the wind and conditions, allowing them to provide a safe and thrilling experience.

Relax and enjoy the ride.

Ballooning is a tranquil experience that must ever be rushed. Give it a total of 3 to 4 hours for the complete experience. Upon arriving, you will be provided a safety briefing by your pilot prior to the balloon set up. All are encouraged to be involved in this usually fun experience, which is also a perfect time to know your balloon party before your flight. As soon as the balloon is inflated, you can get inside the basket and enjoy the flight for about an hour.

Listen to what the staff says.

Without a doubt, a hot air balloon ride is thrilling, but there is some amount of risk involved. Expect the staff to give you safety instructions, mainly for the take off and landing. Listen to their advice to make sure you have a safe ride all throughout the flight.

Wear the right clothing.

Depending on the season, you might want to put on some layers. It may become chilly before a morning ride and after an evening ride. Put on appropriate footwear - you will typically land in a field - and take a hat with you for some sun protection.

Secure your belongings.

Whatever you bring to flight that you don't wan to lose - a phone, a pair of sunglasses, a camera - strap 'em all down. Descending from 5000 feet won't be quick.

Enjoy your views.

As you might imagine, looking down on the earth in a hot air balloon serves up some particularly amazing spectacles. Take loads of pictures and simply relish the landscape under you. It's not everyday you get the chance to.

What happens if they cancel my flight?

Obviously, ballooning is highly dependent on weather, so you might experience some cancellations before you actually get to fly. Some people are just lucky to go on their first try, but others may have to try a few times before finally flying. Because of this, you will probably be given two schedules per booking. Before you actually book a ride, ask the ride operator about this.  You can get more info at - 


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