In 1783, the Montgolfier brothers, Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Étienne, launched the first untethered hot air balloon.
What started as a scientific experiment quickly captured the imagination of Europe and became a symbol of adventure and exploration.
Today, hot air ballooning is a popular weekend activity to tick off the bucket list for thrill-seekers - albeit slow and relaxing.
With their graceful movements, hot air ballooning allows us to embrace a different perspective of our landscapes in the most tranquil way possible.
Studies have shown that engaging in slow-paced activities, like hot air ballooning, can positively affect mental health.
The opportunity to disconnect from our fast-paced digital lives and glide through peaceful clouds can reduce stress and promote relaxation.
Not to mention help build a new fascination for our natural environment from a birds-eye view.
The problem? It’s just so damn expensive.
So how can we incorporate more affordable, slow-paced thrills into our lives?
- Pour a glass of wine and stargaze at night
- Pack a lunch and take a stroll in nature
- Cook a new meal with/for loved ones
- Start reading a captivating book
- Explore a museum or art exhibit
- Take a bath or swim
As corny or obvious as the examples may seem, they work!
There is a reason humans embraced these activities long before our beloved iPhones and devices were invented.
There is nothing wrong with living a fast-paced hustle and bustle life, as long as there is balance intentionally added in.
Come up for air and try one of these slow thrills this weekend.