hot air balloon with milky way to show how it feels to be in hot air balloon

Enquiring minds want to know “how does it feel to be in a hot air balloon?” So let’s ask those who have “been there, done that” how they felt.

illustration of cloud as hot air balloon to show how it feels to be in a hot air balloon

Here are the true feelings of a few travel bloggers who experienced a ride in a hot air balloon.

The Travel Hack

The Travel Hack says, “There’s something terrifying but ultimately relaxing about the lack of control [not knowing where you’re going to land and not controlling the direction you go in]. In a world where we try to control everything, it’s scary floating up into the sky and letting nature take you in whichever direction she chooses. You can’t plan to land in a certain field or head in a certain direction, you just have to relax and trust that it will be OK. Once you’ve accepted this, a hot air balloon is the most magical way to travel.”

He adds, “When you’re on a plane you’re in a little bubble and you’re separated from the view.”

“But in a balloon it’s right there, you’re in the landscape. You can reach out to the air and touch it.”

“You can hear every cow moo and every sheep bleat and every dog bark. You can feel the stillness of the crisp morning air and the warmth of the sun.”

“You feel like you need to whisper so you don’t disturb the birds so there’s this hushed, excited silence.”

Inside the Travel Lab

2 colorful balloons float up into the sunrise

Inside the Travel Lab describes it this way. “Before I realize it, we’re gone. Not in a lurching, crushing, driving sense, but in a surreal, dreamlike flotation that teases us away from the earth…The wicker feels stable and I can’t hear the wind.”

dreamscape but real image of hot air balloon floating over amazing water with sunbeams

“I lean over the edge of the basket with a smile I haven’t felt since childhood. This, almost embarrassingly, is a dream come true. I think about science, about superstition, about hope and dreams and joy and opportunity.”

Hot air balloons fly over morning fog in bagan

They continue. “Earth, air, fire and water. That’s what ancient Greece believed to be the building blocks of the world. And from where I’m standing, only one of those is missing. A friend taps me on the shoulder and passes me a glass. It’s cava rather than water, but I hope the Greeks won’t mind.”

Hot air Balloon flying over Amer (Amber) Fort - Jaipur Rajasthan, india

Aerogelic Ballooning

filling hot air balloon at night

“First and foremost, it feels really hot. The flames from the burner are very warm, and you’ll notice pretty quickly that that basket is a well-heated spot.”

“When you lift off, you’ll probably brace for an abrupt, jolting takeoff. Surprisingly, this doesn’t happen. Once the hot air balloon is filled with less heavy air, the basket is lifted gently away from the ground. This initial feeling is very surreal. You may feel like you’re in some kind of a dream, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised with how gentle the floating sensation of being in the balloon is.”

When you first get into the basket, which is typically made of wicker, it may appear or feel flimsy. Don’t worry– once you’re in the air, it will feel more stable. You’ll also notice that you can’t quite hear the wind from inside the basket, either. To put it simply, not matter how nervous you are, you will feel a serene sense of peace while up in the air. Hot air balloon rides are designed to be gentle.”

It’s your turn!

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Have you ever been for a hot air balloon ride? Tell us all about it!
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