As those who have done it will tell you, Vegas hot air balloon rides are a dream come true. After all, who wouldn’t want to float blissfully over the city, taking in majestic sights while avoiding the crowds? You might be sitting here agreeing that this all sounds great. But there’s one problem—you’re afraid of heights! If you have symptoms like a pounding heart when you’re in a skyscraper or you break into a nervous sweat when you fly, don’t worry. Even people with a fear of heights can (and have) gone ballooning and they’ve even enjoyed it! Luckily, there are some easy and effective ways to tackle a fear of heights, which will help you look forward to your ride.
What Is A Fear Of Heights?
The scientific term for a fear of heights is “acrophobia.” Just like any other phobia, acrophobia can be due to several causes, including a traumatic personal experience, having an anxious personality or even having a parent with a fear of heights. Your fear is triggered by the fight-or-flight response, which is an instinct that all humans have. This instinct protects us from true dangers, like getting bitten by snakes, but it’s also responsible for triggering fears, which is why you panic when you’re up in the air. To tackle your fear, scientists and psychologists say to confront the problem head on. By following these simple tips, you can combat your fear before flying so that you can relax and enjoy the experience.
One way to tackle acrophobia is by scheduling a balloon ride several months ahead of time. This gives you time to work on getting over your fear by practicing with smaller heights. Ideally, you should pick a challenge that’s not too daunting, but that you know (or think) you can do. Having a scheduled event also gives you the motivation you need to get started.
Rate Your Fear
To figure out what makes you most afraid, create a list of ten activities that involve getting off the ground. This can range from walking up stairs to walking and driving on a bridge, going in a hot air balloon, flying in a plane, and skydiving. Then, rate each activity from 1-10 depending on how scared it (or how scared thinking of it) makes you. Starting with the least frightening activity, begin working on the list. If walking up stairs makes you a little nervous, for instance, but not terrified, that’s a great place to start. Repeat the activity you just conquered several times before progressing. Overcoming a minor fear first builds the confidence that you need for a balloon ride.
During the Ride
Congratulations! Now you’ve built up the confidence to go on a hot air balloon Las Vegas. Before leaving, let your pilot know that you have a fear of heights. He or she can adjust the flight plan to fly at a lower elevation for your comfort. During the ride, breathe deeply and squeeze a friend or relative’s hand. Focus on the stunning views and spectacular sights.