Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars
Flying adventures are a broad topic, and different people have different visions for them.
For some it might be a hot-air balloon ride, others may have parasailing, hang gliding or flying microlights in mind. However, for the purposes of this review, flying adventures will have to do with powered airplanes.
So, are you a pilot? If so, you can scroll below for some flying adventure ideas. If you don’t want to learn to fly, but want to ride along for some adventure flying fun, you should continue reading.
The bottom line here is that flying adventures are the most thrilling of all the adventure travel experiences, but I may be a little biased. I took flying lessons when I was in high school (but didn’t get to finish).
If you want to fly, but aren’t a pilot, don’t worry. You can hire one and go along for the ride. Pilots aren’t the only ones who can enjoy exciting flying adventures.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ – 3 adventure travel stars
Many people may think that flying is dangerous because they don’t understand it. Flying may be expensive, but not inherently dangerous if the pilot is well trained and uses common sense and good judgment.
Statistically speaking, flying is much safer than driving your car.
Just the other day I saw a report on the news where a pilot crash landed on a golf course. He wasn’t hurt, but I’m sure he was embarrassed. The reason for his forced landing? He didn’t fill up his tank before he took off, and he ran out of gas. That’s just dumb.
Choosing to fly in poor weather conditions, a pilot trying to fly beyond their abilities or just making poor decisions are other reasons for bad endings to flying adventures. Sometimes there are problems beyond your control, but they are pretty rare.
All things considered, there may be some uncontrolled risks involved, but it’s safer than getting on the freeway to drive to work.
Skill & Physical Factors
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars
To be a pilot you have to be healthy enough to pass a physical, but you don’t need to be athletic. So, most people should be able to pilot an airplane where the physical factor is concerned.
As far as the skill needed to fly a plane, now that’s a different matter. Flying does take a good bit of skill and practice. But don’t let that discourage you because the skills needed can be learned by most people. It just takes longer for some.
I’ve heard stories that there are some natural pilots that can handle a plane with as little as 15 hours of training. And I’ve heard of others that took 60-70 hours to get a feel for it. All that goes to show is that if you’re like most people you can learn to fly if you stick with it. So think about getting your pilot license so you can create your own flying adventures.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – 5 adventure travel stars
Imagine flying over the plains of Africa during the Great Migration. You see countless wild animals traveling in herds, and they look like a swarm of bees from where you sit. So, to get a closer look you swoop down and fly low and slow as you watch the amazing event unfolding before your eyes.
The clouds of dust left in the wake of the wildebeest herds linger in the air to one side of you, and as you turn your head you see zebras grazing and gazelles strolling along as they keep a lookout for predators. It’s like experiencing a National Geographic documentary first hand.
How about taking an aerial tour of the Grand Canyon? Or flying through the Amazon for a remote adventure in some off-the-beaten path location. Maybe you want to scout some remote spots for a getaway in the Australian Outback, so you take to the air and search the gorgeous landscapes one breathtaking view after another.
If you can imagine it, chances are you can make your flying adventure dreams come true.
As mentioned earlier, you don’t need to be a pilot to experience all of the adventure flying fun. Just hire one.
Here are some fun flying adventures to spur your imagination
- Backcountry wilderness flying
- Caribbean adventures
- Fly a DC-3
- Fly a MiG (but you’ll have to go to Russia)
- Fly a T-33 jet
- Fly-in air shows
- Fly-in safari in Africa
- Scenic flights (the Alps, New Zealand, Australian Outback, Grand Canyon, etc.)
- Wine country destinations