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A Hot Air Balloon Ride Makes for a Romantic Date

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” –Leonardo da Vinci

For a future date night, why not try out something that will ignite the flame in your relationship – quite literally? Hot air balloon rides are the best way to truly get away with the one that you love and to escape your stresses down on Earth.

Hot air ballooning is extremely safe – some have even called it the safest means of flying in existence. The key variable is the weather, which is why hot air balloons are flown when wind speeds tend to be the lowest. Coincidentally, and fortunately, wind speeds happen to be the lowest at sunset, which is also an ideal time for a romantic flight.

Another aspect of hot air balloon rides that adds to the romantic feel is the traditional champagne toast. This tradition actually dates back to the origins of hot air ballooning in France. Fun fact: when the first hot air balloons would land on the farms and fields in France, peasants would often attack them, thinking they were giant monsters. The aeronauts found that the only way to calm them was by offering them champagne!

Today, the champagne tradition continues. Many companies offer complimentary champagne toasts to couples, so consider bringing a romantic treat along like chocolate-covered strawberries to accompany the bubbly.

When you plan your hot air balloon flight, estimate that it will span somewhere between two to three hours. Most hot air balloon flights last an hour, without accounting for the time it takes to get to the launch point. Companies usually have a specified meeting location from which they transport you to the launch point. If you want to go all-out, you can always research companies that transport you in a limousine!

Depending on the amount of money you want to spend, you can decide on how many passengers will be on your flight. A flight for just the two of you tends to be the most expensive option, but possibly the most romantic. Hot air balloons are actually a very popular proposal spot.

Going with a group can be just as great, though. Some hot air balloon baskets are divided up into compartments so that each group gets their own personal space. It might make for a good double date idea for you and friends.

Depending on the region where you decide to fly, each hot air balloon ride is a little different. Some give breathtaking views of rolling hills, rivers, lakes, and mountains. For these views, book a flight that goes over a national park or preserve. Other rides offer panoramic views of vineyards or deserts.

Put aside the TV remote and get a new perspective with your loved one this date night!

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