Traveling the world is exciting. Exploring new places allows you to experience new cultures, new traditions, new foods, and even new modes of transportation. From suspension railways to traversing Finland by reindeer sleds, this list shows just some of the spectacular kinds of transportation around the world. Wait until you see how they get around in India.
The Canadian Terra Bus
The average snowfall in areas like Kingston, Waterloo, and Ontario is as much as 88 inches a year! When you have to traverse all of that snow and ice, you need reliable (and rugged) transportation to help you get around. So what is the solution? Behold the Terra Bus.
The Terra Bus provides all-terrain mobility to transport up to 56 passengers. The vessels are equipped with large, low-pressure tires which help traverse both on and off-road. This beastly bus sort of looks like a cross between a monster truck and a school bus—and while they’re quite large, they are still very efficient.
The Coco Taxi In Cuba
If you’re planning a trip to Cuba for your next vacay, you may find yourself in one of these. The Coco taxi is a small rickshaw-type taxi used to get around the island and typically holds just two or three passengers. The yellow shell of the body is round, giving it a coconut-like appearance. These cute little vehicles have a two-stroke engine which makes them somewhat noisy—but if you can deal with the sound they are much cheaper than regular cabs! If you are lucky, you can even negotiate the fare.
How high are you willing to ride to get around? Click next and find out if the aerial tramways of Switzerland are for you.
Aerial Tramways Of Switzerland
The Klein Matterhorn Aerial Tramway in Switzerland is arguably one of most beautiful modes of transportation out there. That is unless you’re afraid of heights! The aerial tramway boasts an impressive height of 3,820 meters. It is the highest cable car in all of Europe. It takes passengers nearly to the top of Zermatt-Cervinia, which is 3,883 meters up and is the second highest peak of the mountain chain. With incredible aerial views, it’s no wonder this tramway has been voted one of the top-10 aerial lifts in the world.
Dog lovers will appreciate the next mode of transportation.
Dog Sledding In Alaska
Yes, dog sledding is as cool as it sounds. Having a pack of dogs lead you through the snowy grounds of Alaska might sound like an unattainable goal, but think again! If you’ve dreamed of swiftly cutting through picturesque Alaskan terrain while the snow falls gently around you, dog sledding is the answer. In Alaska, dog sledding is an obsession that gets its true moment of glory every March when a 1,150-mile dog sledding race from Anchorage to Nome in held! Not only do you get from point A to B quickly, when you arrive, you have the luxury of playing with beautiful dogs. Count us in.
The Cambodian Bamboo Train
At first glance, this looks dangerous and maybe a little uncomfortable. But something you may not have know is bamboo is very strong, and by the looks of it, they give you a nice mat for you to sit on. But seriously, the Bamboo Train runs southeast to O Sra Lav. The Bamboo Train is from O Dambong, located on the east bank 3.7km south of Battambang Old Stone Bridge. It runs using a super-light bamboo board set across two single sets of wheel axles. One of the axles is connected with fan belts to a motor.
This beast of an aqua vehicle is faster than it looks. When you’re in Greece and you need to get to a destination across the water as fast as possible then this is the preferred means of transportation. And doesn’t the idea of skimming across the water like a stone sound fun? The Hydrofoil is designed for passengers to navigate the Greek islands. And because it is so fast, you should be prepared for a bumpy ride when you get on board so no one without the sealegs should consider this one.
Are you prepared for how India likes to get around?
Kettuvallum House Boats Of India
India is doing water travel the right way with this one. About 100 feet in length, Houseboats are a calm and nice way of traveling across the waters of Kerala. These move slow and are mainly used for leisure trips (and why wouldn’t they be, these things are nice). These boats are handcrafted without any true guide or scale models. The craftsmanship of these boats is incredible. They’re made using the same techniques carpenters of the area have been using for many generations. If you want to ride in style somewhere exotic, head to India.
The Maglev Train In Shanghai
In Shanghai, China, you are able to travel to your destination at top-notch speeds. This train is called the Maglev Train (which is short for Magnetic Levitation) and it is far from any train you are used to. This train is literally levitating while in use! It uses magnetic repulsion to stay above the track by just a few inches. It covers 30km in just minutes and reaches speeds of up to 431 km per hour! It sounds like you shouldn’t be standing while this beast is in motion.
Up next is a pretty scenic way of getting around by water.
The Gondolas of Venice, Italy
With the buildings being so close to the water in Venice, Italy, how else would you get around effectively in some areas? There is a huge network of canals that make for the perfect Gondola ride in Venice. And if you’re absolutely too lazy to walk up the street then you can always hop on the Gondola.
Riding the Gondola has an added appeal to it, with a scenic cruise alongside the beautiful buildings and restaurants of Venice. These are perfect for romantic rides or even riding solo. This is probably the most scenic mode of water transportation.
The Interesting Funicular
Upon first view, this looks like a pretty fun rollercoaster. Located in Melbourne, Australia, the Katoomba Funicular is said to be the steepest incline railway on the planet. You can already see how steep it is just from one image. Katoomba is on a brim where a plateau goes into a largely forested Jamison Valley. The Funicular connects it to the base of the gorge. This is an experience that in a way, combines several of the previously mentioned transportations for a rare and exciting experience.
Not quite Santa but you can pretend coming up next.
Reindeer In Finland
Believe it or not, reindeer exist and they are thriving in Lapland, Finland. If you ever wanted to know what it feels like to be Santa Clause minus the flying through the air then you can always travel over to Finland and get an idea because the reindeer here are icons.
Lapland is inhabited by the Sami people and the number of reindeer just about equals the number of people! So this is a step up from dog sledding and a red-nosed reindeer away from the Santa experience. This would be a nice place to bring your children.
This vehicle is almost similar to the Coco Taxi in Cuba but without the open front view. The three-wheel Tuk-Tuk is a symbol of Thailand. They cram passengers inside the covered backseats as the driver navigates their way through crowded traffic. They maneuver from one lane to the next like a scene out of The Fast and The Furious. This makes it unfit for pedestrians to be casually walking across the street like how they do in America. Some places just have their way of getting around, whether it’s safe or not, as long as it gets the job done.
Catch The Tram In France
In the 1980s there were only three tramways that existed whereas today, there are 22 cities in France alone that have them. France was also a very early adopter of the Tram, dating back to 1837, when it was steam-powered. Now electric-powered, these modern trams are quick, quiet, and comfortable. They’re also environmentally friendly, as tracks can be laid into grass and landscape without much disruption to nature. It’s also a very scenic ride, with a close view of all the historical structures and landscape.
Hover Out In The UK
Now, you may not be literally hovering above the water but since it is suspended on a cushion of air, you kinda are. These hovercrafts provide a smooth means of transportation thanks to the cushion of air it sits on. It moves at a fast speed too, and they have taken over the water in sunnier climates.
Hovercrafts draw comparisons to the Hydrofoils in Greece with the biggest difference being the travel experience. Would you rather get somewhere really fast but with turbulence or get someone a little bit slower in a controlled manner? The choice is yours.
Suspension Railway Of Germany
These beauties were built between 1898 and 1901 by a German businessman, Euden Langen. This suspension railway is responsible for transporting roughly 25 million people per year. You have to wonder about the safety of things like this that are suspended in the air. Around 19,200 tons of steel were used to make the supporting frame and the railway stations. So it sounds like Langen took into account the safety of others while building this wonderous creation. The people of Germany get nice views of their city while floating through the air, you can’t beat that.
Cyclo In Vietnam
Rides similar to this can be found in different corners of the world but Vietnam really has the system down pat. This is more of a tourist attraction but locals utilize it as well. All you have to do is jump on board and get prepared to get a nice view of the city. So when locals use this, it is usually as a means to cut through the dense traffic, cutting down travel time by a nice margin. These are also a lot faster than a regular taxi!
Up next is an artistic mode of transportation.
Kenyan Expression Through Transportation
The Matatu bus in Kenya isn’t for the faint of art. They are as loud on in the inside as their paint jobs are on the outside. Matatus are privately owned and don’t have a route set in stone. They will take alternative routes and pick up new passengers on a whim, making them quite spontaneous, but fun.
There were once banned by the Kenyan government, deeming them unsafe for their unpredictability and loud music. However, the strong Matutu community was able to lift the ban in 2015. This may not be the most reliable form of transportation, but it sure tops the list for entertainment!
An Old Tradition In Portugal
At first glance, this looks like a taxing task for those who have to push in the back and an interesting ride for those being pushed. Would you trust your safety on a wicker and wood toboggan? Riding toboggans in Madeira has been an old tradition for a while now. It is a 20-minute ride down the mountain from Monte to Funchal. A 20-minute ride on wicker and wood seems sketchy, but tourists are probably not worried about anything going wrong once they see others enjoying themselves. Just don’t be afraid before getting on one!
Turkey’s Trams Are Both The Past & Future
The tram system located in Turkey first started as a horse tram in Istanbul in 1860 and is the second oldest underground tram system in the world, with the London Underground being the first. In 2016, the transportation system put $1.3 billion into building the Eurasia Tunnel, which connects Asia and Europe underneath the seabed. Turkey certainly is an incredible place to see both the past and the future in terms of transportation!
The Ice Angel Of Wisconsin
There are 21 Apostle Islands off the coast of Wisconsin but only Madeline Island is inhabited by people. To get to and from the island, travelers must take a ferry ride, but when the waters of Lake Superior begin to freeze over, in comes the Ice Angel.
The Ice Angel is designed to operate when the water is too thin to support a vehicle but too thick to use a regular ferry. The enclosed iceboat moves thanks to fans on the back which push it over the surface of the ice. In addition to the Ice Angel, there is a frozen road that residents can drive cars over, but many prefer to take the Ice Angel because they feel safer.