When it comes to sightseeing there's nothing better than getting a birds eye view from inside a helicopter. Helicopter tours, through a company like Helinet, provide you the perfect opportunity to see things that you'd never see on a walking tour, or even from your car. You'll be transported on your tour by experienced pilots who know how to fly, and where to fly, to get you the best view. If you're about to embark on your first helicopter tour, here are three tips that will help you make the most of the experience.
Plan for the Anxiety
If you've never been in a helicopter before, you may be feeling a bit anxious about the experience. That's to be expected. It's important to remember that there are some things you can do to alleviate some of the anxiety. Before you take off on your flight, practice taking deep breaths and visualizing a relaxing situation. You can utilize those techniques to keep your anxiety under control. If you're worried that your anxiety will interfere with your ability to enjoy yourself, be sure to talk to your doctor before you leave on vacation. They may be able to prescribe you a mild sedative that you can take prior to your helicopter ride.
Be Prepared for Motion Sickness
In addition to the anxiety, you may find that you're plagued by motion sickness during the flight. Helicopter rides tend to be a bit bumpy, and can give you the sensation of being on a roller coaster. If those things give you motion sickness, you should make sure that you're prepared for it. First, avoid leaning forward while you're in flight. Leaning forward can increase the severity of motion sickness. It's also important that you avoid making any rapid eye movements, as that can also bring on a bout of motion sickness. If you're worried about motion sickness, stop by the pharmacy and pick up an over-the-counter motion, anti-nausea medication.
While you're preparing for your first helicopter ride, it's important that you remember to dress appropriately. This is particularly important if you're going to be taking a doors-off flight – where the doors are removed for better visibility. If you're going to be enjoying a doors-off flight, you'll want wear long pants with close-toed shoes. You'll also want to avoid wearing hats, sunglasses, and loose jewelry. These items can blow off during the flight. It's also important that you wear a light jacket since it can get a bit chilly when the doors are off the helicopter.