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Sandra Cottam McLemore is a travel industry expert and TV host based in LA.


She can be seen on inflight TV, cruise line channels, Huffington Post, and is often profiled in airline inflight magazines, travel websites and lifestyle magazines as a world travel expert.


She has worked in the travel industry for over 19 years for airlines, cruise lines, TV networks and media agencies.


Sandra also runs Village Girl Marketing, a boutique marketing agency for travel brands specializing in content creation and design. She speaks regularly at travel industry events around the world and in 2018 will launch her new travel magazine. 

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If you’re looking for adventure, why not try hot air ballooning? The birds-eye view, the near-quiet ride, being in the open air make this type of flight quite attractive. Here are our favorite eight places to go ballooning.

best places in the world to take a hot air balloon ride

Yarra Valley, Australia

An hour drive from Melbourne, the valley offers incredible sites, and the foliage explodes with color from March to May each year. You go ballooning in Yarra Valley for its scenic beauty and impeccable service. Ballooning here is good year round.

New Mexico, USA

The landscape covers mountain to endless prairies and deserts, and its beauty is beyond description. Balloon festivals in Albuquerque, Taos, and Elephant Butt draw millions of visitors each year. You go ballooning in New Mexico for the biggest balloon festivals in the world. Plan your trip anytime between September and January.

Bagan, Myanmar

Your balloon flight combined with the endless views of the over 3,000 temples on the Bagan plain along with the other hot air balloons dotting the sky is a truly a sight to behold. Why make the trek to Bagan? The stunning views as well as the scrumptious breakfast. The best time to visit is from October to April.

Tuscany, Italy

There is no better way to fall in love with Tuscany than from a hot air balloon! Go ballooning in Tuscany for the Prosecco and breakfast from local markets with pastries freshly made the same morning by local bakers. Ballooning in Tuscany is best from late spring to early autumn.

Ballooning in the Arctic

Fly silently across this icy wonderland while keeping a keen watch for polar bears, whales, and migrating caribou. You can also enjoy other polar adventures and safaris. To go ballooning in the Arctic is the ultimate bragging right for best adventure. You’ll need to schedule your trip well in advance.

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

This experience lets you get closer to the wildlife than you ever could in a game-viewing safari vehicle. Enjoy breakfast and champagne served outdoors under the trees. Ballooning in the Serengeti will promise an amazing wildlife experience with top-notch service. Hot air ballooning is a year-round event.

Hot Air Ballooning in Switzerland

Pick from one of the 50 locations across the country to go hot air ballooning. The landscape is truly amazing. Go ballooning in Switzerland if you’re looking for diverse sites and stunning mountain views. You can balloon anytime, but the Château-d’Oex festival takes place in January.

Mount Bromo, Java, Indonesia

Hot air ballooning here delivers gorgeous scenery due to its rising volcano and encompassing plains surrounding it. The sport is becoming more popular because of the International Festival in Bogo. The views surrounding the volcanoes are reason enough to make the trip.

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