We were grateful that the balloon ride was a safer and smoother affair than the horse ride. It was so smooth that we actually landed on the trailer at the end.
I’ll let the photos speak for themselves, but I will say this: the hot air balloon ride isn’t on a backpacking budget (around 150 euro EACH). But even if you have to eat vegemite sandwiches for every meal in the month before and after, it will be completely worth it. Which is pretty much what we did.