There is no type of flying to compare with hot air ballooning. Your first experience can be in a tethered balloon that allows you to experience the feel of the ride without having to have a chase car to pick you up. Free flight is the ultimate experience. Once the balloon is aloft and the burners are off, you'll be amazed at how quiet the flight will be. You can usually find a local ballooning company who can arrange for a ride for a reasonable price.
A balloon ride is an event! Dress light, the flame that heats up the balloon makes it hot in the basket. You can hear everything from the earth. Shouting from the balloon makes no sense. Your voice gets lost in space. The sound of the flame is reflected by the balloon. It is wonderful to fly over a tenniscourt. Everyone looks up and the ball goes into the net. The balloon has a nice speed and not very high. For the landing our pilot had the speed broken by the tops of trees and corn in a field. On the ground the men have to jump over board and hold it. A terraincarcar with helpers follow the balloon. Finally we drunk champagne and got a ballonride certificate.