Who can go hot air ballooning?
There are certain safety conditions that determine who is able to travel in hot air balloons. Children must be over the age of seven and a minimum of 4 feet 6 inches tall. Those under sixteen must have a responsible adult with them. Weight is another consideration and a supplement will probably be payable for anyone over 20 stone. Pregnant women cannot participate in balloon flights and if you have a medical condition you should check with your doctor whether you are fit to fly. People with some disabilities are able to go hot air ballooning, but this depends on the individual circumstances. Wheelchairs cannot be accommodated in the basket of the balloon.
Where do balloons fly?
Experiencing a balloon flight
People are often surprised at how quiet and peaceful flights in hot air balloons are. Because the wind is carrying you along with it, you do not hear it blowing. The balloon rises very smoothly and, at times, it feels as though you are motionless. All that reminds you that you are floating so high above the land is the noise the burners make from time to time. If you book a balloon flight with Virgin Balloons you will have around an hour to experience the wonderful sights and take some photographs to remind you of this unique experience.
How long does a balloon flight take?
Most commercial operators have an actual flight time of about one hour, but the whole experience takes longer than this, possibly three or four hours, because the following are included before the flight:
Welcome and registration
Safety briefing and explanation from the pilot
Watching or helping with balloon inflation
And afterwards there will often be the presentation of a certificate to prove you have flown in the balloon, watching or helping with the balloon’s deflation and the time it takes to transport you back to the launch site.
A hot air balloon flight with a company such as Virgin Balloons is an unforgettable experience that you will treasure in your memory forever.
Shannen writes for a range of travel and leisure websites and blogs. She loves all forms of flying and owns her own light aircraft but until she experienced a flight with Virgin Balloons she had not realized how special hot air ballooning could be.