I am absolutely terrified of heights and looking over the edge of a mountain scares me to no end. But I do believe that, once a year, I should do something that scares the hell out of me. When I read about taking a hot-air balloon and drifting across the beautiful landscape of Cappadocia in Turkey, I decided that this would be my brave thing for the year. I am so glad that I did not let my fear keep me from this amazing experience as it ended up being one of my most memorable travel moments ever!
That morning after getting up early I got to glide above the unique rocks and valleys of Cappadocia as the sun came up and lit up the valleys below. The sky was filled with colourful balloons, all with 10-28 passengers per basket. Although there were hundreds op people on this morning adventure it felt very serene and peaceful.
After a while of drifting I dared to look over the side of the basket and admit that it wasn’t as scary as looking over the side of a very high bridge. I did not dare move around and stood there clinging to the basket but also enjoying one of the most beautiful views I had ever seen. It took me a couple of minutes to work up the courage to let go one hand so that I could take photos. But once I got to see the valleys through the lens of camera I had all the courage needed to capture it on film.
Propelled by the breeze, we drifted over the valleys and iconic fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. I got to enjoy breathtaking panoramic vistas and at times we made descents that almost allowed me to touch the rocks!
We floated above the valleys for nearly an hour until wind and fire floated us gently back to earth. I for one was very glad to be out of the floating basket and have my feet firmly on the earth again. My legs were shaking but the views made this scary experience amazing and one I would actually go and do again.