You know that the French invented the croissant, Champagne, and the ability to look stylish in a beret. But did you know that they also invented hot air balloon flying too?
In 1783, the first ever hot air balloon with passengers was launched, carrying a rowdy crew of a rooster, a duck, and a sheep. While no one knows how romantic those animals found the ride, we do know that today’s balloon rides are one of the most blissful date ideas ever.
If you’re bored of going to the same old restaurants, the same old cinema, and racking your brain for more exciting date ideas, we’ve got you covered. In this article we’re going to show you why taking to the sky will blow you and your partner’s socks off.
Ready? Okay, lift off!
1. Romance to the Max
Picture this. The sun is low on the horizon and flooding the landscape with a golden light. You’re high above the ground and you can see for miles and miles. It’s peaceful and quiet and you’re drifting along with your partner stood right next to you.
Hot air ballooning is so romantic it makes The Notebook look cold-hearted. Because the balloon travels with the wind, you won’t feel it at all. Serene and relaxing, your date up in the sky will be filled with the most jaw-dropping views imaginable.
Romance comes into its own when you’re doing an activity that’s just you and your partner. Phenomenal experiences that are new to both of you means you’ll be relishing every second together. And if hot air ballooning isn’t a phenomenal experience, we don’t know what is!
2. Perfect for Extra Special Dates
If you’re looking for a date night to top all date nights, you might be feeling overwhelmed. Perhaps it’s your partner’s birthday or you’re about to propose. Either way, you want something that they’ll never forget.
But with so many options that are often too expensive, you’re lost trying to find a balance of unique and affordable.
A hot air balloon ride is the perfect choice for a date when you want to go above and beyond. When you book a private balloon ride, it’ll be you, your partner, and the pilot. Hot air balloon ride prices are very affordable too, making them ideal for any budget.
3. Phenomenal Photographs
Thanks to cell phones having incredible cameras, we’ve all got used to photographing the most mundane things. From what we eat to the 100th picture of our cat. And date nights are hardly photo-worthy when it’s just another restaurant or movie.
But photographs are the best way to record all the fun experiences you have together. There are few better photo opportunities that when you’re 3,000 ft up in the air!
The surrounding landscape will be laid out below you and make for phenomenal photographs. With the pilot always nearby, hand them the camera so you can get some snaps of the two of you and the date of your lives.
4. Dinner in the Sky
So you’ve tried that new Italian place and the Mexican on the corner but you usually go to your regular restaurant for date night. It’s great and everything but…wouldn’t you like to have dinner and Champagne up in the sky?
Many hot air balloon companies allow you to bring food and bubbly on the flight. This makes it extra special as you clink your glasses with the sun setting on the horizon. If you’re booking a morning flight, do like the French and have croissants and Champagne.
5. Utterly Calming
There’s something about floating in the sky that lifts your worries and brings you into the present moment. As you watch the ground drop away beneath you, you won’t be thinking about that work presentation. You and your partner will be right there together, experiencing something fantastic.
Without feeling the wind, you’ll be in a peaceful environment with only the burners gently roaring above. Glide over the landscape and see the towns and cities beneath you as you rise above.
6. Exhilarating but Safe
Hot air ballooning is calm once you’re up, but everyone finds taking off and landing a little exhilarating! It’s an exciting experience though, not a scary one. Hot air ballooning is extremely safe and pilots are highly experienced and regulated.
Hot air balloons drift with the wind and fly in mild conditions. The heat from the burners makes the balloon rise and when it’s time to descend, the burners are turned down. This makes rising and descending gentle and not scary at all.
7. Keep Challenging Each Other
It’s easy to fall into the same patterns when you’re in a relationship. Planning dates can be difficult when you’re both tired and have done so much together already. This is why taking a hot air balloon ride is such a brilliant date idea.
Making the extra effort to book an incredible activity is a great way to show that you give dates a lot of consideration. And many people struggle with heights but together you can handle it. Thanks to the gentleness of balloons, it’s an ideal way to stretch your comfort zones without any danger.
When you do unique and exciting things for your dates, you’re always challenging each other with new experiences. This is a great way to grow together and make memories that will never fade.
Switch up Your Dates with Balloon Flying
Affordable, beautiful, and fun, hot air balloon flying has got to be one of the most incredible date ideas. Whether you’ve got a proposal planned, a birthday to celebrate, or simply want to surprise your partner with a unique date, taking to the sky is the way to do it.
So what are you waiting for? If it’s romantic enough for the French, it’s romantic enough for us all. Don’t forget your camera or Champagne!
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