Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: If your bucket list includes riding in a basket underneath a big balloon, well then, up, up and away!

Amava Take: There are few feelings as peaceful as smoothly gliding high above the world against a glorious sky. If you have not had this experience and want to try it, it is an attainable luxury. All it takes is a small bit of research and planning. You can find hot air ballooning experiences in the US and abroad. The obvious thrill aside, it is the safest form of aviation. 

From the Front Lines: 

What kinds of people tend to enjoy hot air ballooning? 

Anybody who likes beautiful views, open skies and a smooth ride!

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Listen to the pilot and the crew. They’ll keep you safe.

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

Winds tend to be best early or late in the day. The rides are usually an hour or so, but the whole experience can take three to four hours. Like all flights!

From the Trenches:  

What’s the most satisfying part of the job/experience?

Being up in a balloon is a completely unique vantage point. 

How would you describe the hard parts?

Some initial fear, but it is worth getting over.

What surprised you the most about the experience?

It’s pretty quiet and quite hot up there

Special Requirements: Different balloon companies have their own rules. The cost can be somewhere between $250 and $450, but look for coupons. 

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Finding a Position: There is plenty of information out there about where to go ballooning, including exotic international destinations. There are also numerous hot air balloon festivals in the US.