If you’re an adventurous traveller on the lookout for an unforgettable activity, then hot air ballooning has no doubt crossed your mind. A hot air balloon ride is also an impressive gesture to celebrate a celebration, whether it’s a momentous birthday or a special anniversary. But if you’re planning on investing in a ballooning experience, why not make sure the view is one of the most spectacular in the world?
Various destinations on all continents are renowned as top spots for hot air ballooning. So why not choose a holiday destination nearby and ensure a ride in the skies can be slotted into the itinerary? Take a look below at some of the best ballooning experiences on the globe.
1. Cappodocia, Turkey
Not many travellers pass through Cappodocia without taking to the skies to view the fascinating rock formations and stunning green landscapes. The region is famous for its hot air balloon rides, which you can take all year round for a different picturesque view. This means there are many companies offering ballooning experiences, so make sure you do your research and book with a company which holds hot air balloon insurance.
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2. Canterbury Plains, New Zealand
New Zealand is a beautiful sight from the ground, so just imagine the views from above. The scale of this beautiful scenery can only truly be appreciated from a hot air balloon! Relax on a scenic balloon ride across rolling fields and rivers and snow-capped mountains – a view you will never be able to forget.
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3. Monument Valley, USA
The USA is a maze of wonderful ballooning spots, with Monument Valley known as one of the best. Situated on the state line of Arizona and Utah, the name literally means ‘valley of the rocks’ and the cluster of the sandstone buttes and vast landscape is what makes this such a beautiful ballooning destination.
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4. Masai Mara, Kenya
Hot air balloons offer an unparalleled view of African wildlife, so there are plenty of popular sites across the continent’s plains. Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve plays a part in the Great Migration, when herds of zebras, wildebeest and gazelle travel to a new home each year. We don’t need to tell you how amazing it would be to witness this natural phenomenon from the comfort of a hot air balloon.
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So there you have our pick of international hot air balloon experiences not to be missed – what is your favourite ballooning destination?