Are you thinking about taking your first hot air balloon ride? As a surprise for his 30th birthday, I took my hubby on a hot air balloon ride for the first time and it was amazing. We got there at the crack of dawn excited for a new adventure, and somewhat unsure of what it would entail. It was definitely beautiful, a little scary and above all else, a unique and wonderful experience! But, before you check this item off your bucket list, read over these five hot air balloon ride tips for first-timers.