So you’ve got yourself some sort of Superman complex? A Peter Pan fantasy maybe? I have literally never met one single human being in my entire life who didn’t secretly wish they could be Pegasus for just a day (like, pretty sure). Travelers are adventurous by nature, so it’s no surprise we’re also the type to want to defy the laws of gravity and take to the skies, and no, for us filing through TSA check points and napping in a big metal bird does not count. Sadly we’re not from a super power planet, personally I’m fresh out of pixie dust, and hey, we may not be a majestic winged horse god, but that doesn’t have to stop us from strapping some sort of semi not actually that safe manmade device to our backs and having at the ledge of a cliff. All in good travel fun, right? If you’re looking to get off the ground on your next trip, try scheduling one of these kind of almost flying activities at some point during your vacation. Just um, you know, read all the instructions, do what the guide says, and don’t tell Nana.
Water powered jetpacks are connected to a jet ski on the water by a long hose. They allow riders to go 30 feet high at most and, probably after a good amount of practice and time to get used to the 1,000 gallons of water rushing through the hose per minute, you might even be able to control which direction you move in.
An activity usually friendly for adventure travelers of all ages, parasailing doesn’t let the flyer steer or control direction or the parachute in any way but it’s alright because you spend the whole ride locked onto a harness which connects to the boat at the other end. Go with the professionals, they’ll tie you on good and tight.
3. Hang Gliding
You’ll need some lessons first because for this activity you aren’t tied down or connected to an instructor or guide, you’re a full time pilot. It used to be all about the running start and steering by shifting body weight, but advances to the solo aircraft have made things a bit easier, if you feel you need, with modern flight control systems.
4. Base Jumping
This is for the big time thrill seekers, the adrenaline junkies at the end of their ropes. One of the biggest reasons people tend to lean more towards bungee jumping or sky diving to check off the ‘free fall’ box on their bucket lists is because of safety, unlike those activities it’s not super uncommon for people to die base jumping. This isn’t for beginners or something you do on a whim. Work your way up, do your research and put in the time to learn what you’re getting into and know what you’re doing. Be sure to kiss the ground when you land.
5. Hot Air Balloon Rides
For those who dream to fly but fear the feeling of wind beneath wings, a hot air balloon ride might be more your speed. Though I will say from personal experience that it is slightly scarier, at least at first, than it appears when you’re standing on the ground watching it cruise above you. I was in a basket tethered to the ground and went up for a few minute $10 check it out sort of ride, and just from that I found myself holding on pretty tight, but give it time and you’ll get used to it and be able to relax and enjoy the views.
How will you fly on your next vacation?
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