If you’ve finally decided to give a helicopter ride a try, there are definitely some things to keep in mind. While your main goal is to have an exceptional time, there is going to be more going on than just flying over some picturesque locations. Here are some things to keep in mind:
Safety Comes First – While your pilot and the company he or she works for want you to enjoy your trip with them, safety always comes first. Before takeoff, there will be pre-flight safety instructions. If you follow the directions, such as keeping your seatbelt on and how to approach the helicopter in the safest manner possible, you will have a fun and safe journey.
The Possibility of Motion Sickness – Sometimes people are so excited about the prospect of being on a helicopter and the fact that they will be seeing breathtaking sights that they forget about the fact that they get motion sickness really easily. Try to keep this in mind – for your safety and comfort. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about options. They might recommend an over-the-counter medication, a patch, or a prescription medication. Whatever you do, make sure you do what’s prescribed. There is nothing worse than a sick stomach ruining your adventure!
You Have to Travel Light – Helicopters have weight restrictions. A good rule of thumb – if you don’t need it, don’t take it. Some folks feel like they need to take everything with them everywhere, including onto a helicopter. First of all, this probably won’t be allowed by the pilot. Second, if you travel light, your trip will be a much more comfortable one. Just take what you absolutely need and you’ll be sure to enjoy your flight without having to worry about extra stuff you have to lug around with you.
Prices and Times Will Vary – A helicopter ride is charged per person as well as for the length of the trip. There are many options you can choose from. Choose a 15 minute trip or a half day trip. There are some tours in New York, for example, that run between 15 and 25 minutes; tours of the Rocky Mountains, on the other hand, can be half day or all day and include meals and other activities such as white water rafting. There are a variety of choices available to someone who wants to incorporate helicopter tours into their vacation. And there is something for just about every budget, too.
Helicopter rides can be one of the most exciting things you get to enjoy in life. Make sure to do some research on the total costs and packages you want and you’re sure to have the time of your life!