There are lots of ways to explore a new area. You could walk, for example, or take a taxi, a tuk tuk, a bicycle, or a boat. Us? We’re partial to the hot-air balloon. Balloon rides offer a double adventure — take in breathtaking sights and experience one of humanity’s earliest achievements of long-distance travel. They can be a solo adventure, a romantic trip, or a family affair. Some of them are located in the top destinations to visit this year (like New Zealand), while others might take you to regions you hadn’t considered before (we’re looking at you, Myanmar) or to your own backyard (hey there, New York!). Whether you’re already planning a trip abroad or you’re keeping your trips local, here are some stunning balloon rides to consider.