The Christmas season is about more than tinsel, eggnog and lacing Santa’s cookies with sleeping-pills to prove once and for all that he’s real. It’s about giving gifts and reaching for your dreams. If your dream is to climb Kilimanjaro in nothing but your gym shorts, you’ll probably need more than a discount on oxygen tanks but if your dream leaves you identifying with cheesy pop-songs about feeling like a bird, today’s Groupon is for you. Celebrate the face that 'tis the season for aerial antics and save up to 47% on microlight flights or training with Aquila Safari.
Often called the motorbikes of the sky, microlight flying is probably the closest you’ll ever come to the spreading your wings and soaring through the sky feeling without needing to tangle with melted wax and a pile of feathers. Not only do you get to kit yourself out in the original Luftwaffe flight suit complete with leather cappie and goggles, you’ll get to experience the particular joy of floating through the sky with someone who gives new meaning to the word eccentric.
The twenty-minute microlight flying experience gives you the chance to see the world from a totally different perspective. From the windswept hold of nothing but a harness, you can feel the rather-more-than-a-breeze rushing past you and all but taste the sea air. If you can lash it securely enough to your arm, feel free to bring along your camera to show everyone how close you came to imitating Icarus. With the airstrip situated on a scenic farm, the best way to wind down after twenty minutes swooping through the air is chowing down on a picnic and chattering away amidst the peaceful scenery.
If just one flight just isn’t enough, the flight training will get you on your way to being able to pilot your own microlight vehicle. You’ll still enjoy the thirty minutes of all but being like a bird, and you’ll take your first steps to being able to fly your own self through the cloudy – or not so cloudy – skies. Covering a bit of theory and a bit of the more practical stuff, the training won’t qualify you to take to the air by yourself, but it will give you a bit of a foundation.
Adrenaline-pumped Fact: A man named Roman, who lived in the south of France, was most famous for his unique take on boutique patisseries. The one he owned was a bakery that made life-size Go-karts out of bread, and visitors were allowed to zoom around the indoor track while munching on the vehicle.