This led me to google around, as you do, and find a few spectacular spots where taking a hot air balloon ride is popular. I haven't decide which one is "the" place, but at least I've got some good ideas. And they include ...
When I lived in Europe I always planned to get down to Turkey for Anzac Day - many Australians make something of a "pilgrimage" to the town we call Gallipoli - but the timing never worked out. So, I've still got to get there one day, and I've heard Cappadocia is incredible - add a hot air balloon ride over the top and it sounds pretty much perfect.
|Ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey|
Queenstown, New Zealand
Before you become amazed that I'm an Australian travel-lover who's never been to New Zealand, I'll remind you that Perth is actually considerably closer to Asia than it is to New Zealand. But I definitely want to go one day and now that I've discovered you can take scenic balloon rides over the gorgeous New Zealand landscape around Queenstown, there's another reason to go.
|View from a Queenstown ballooning trip, New Zealand|
Namib Desert, Namibia
I almost visited Namibia once - unfortunately my then-boyfriend and I split up and he went without me. After reading and planning for months about that trip, I've always been fascinated by Namibia and a balloon ride over the Namib Desert does sound spectacular. Plus I remember there are a whole heap of other gorgeous spots to visit there, lots of unique landscape and the chance to see some of my favourite animals (giraffes, anyone?) up close.
|View from a balloon to the dunes of the Namib Desert, Namibia|
Thanks to myhsu, western4uk and jriggert for the images.