Let’s face it, plane, train and automobile travel can become a bit mundane after a while. How about spicing up your travel life with one of these 10 unique ways to travel?
Zipline Between Islands
If you love adventure travel, then this one is for you. The Philippines has created the longest, island-to-island zipline in the world, making possible to literally fly from one island to the other. In fact, ziplining has become something of a specialty in this island nation. A unique way of traveling, sure to bring a whole new meaning to the term “island hopping!”
Ride a Unicycle
Traveling by bicycle is popular, so much so, that it is no longer considered a unique. In some cities(ahem, Amsterdam), it’s weird not to get around on a bike. However, traveling by unicycle is a totally different story. Sure you’ll have to learn to ride, but we heard it’s not that hard. Furthermore, you’ll need to pack all your gear onto these one-wheeled vehicles, but it’s do-able.
Zorbing involves climbing inside a large inflated ball and rolling from one place to another. Not only is it a unique way to travel, it’s also a great work out. Though long distance zorbing isn’t yet common, we think it is only time before someone attempts a cross-country rolling adventure.
Horse and Carriage
Embrace your inner gypsy by traveling the world by horse and carriage. There is something very romantic about traveling slow, especially with only 1 horsepower pulling you along.
Horses aren’t your thing? How about camels? Take a caravan through the deserts of Morocco, or better yet, pay a visit to some of the ancient caravansaries along the mysterious Silk Road. Camel Caravans are a great and unique way to travel with a group of friends. If you don’t have any friends, well then, this could be a great opportunity to make some!
You might be wondering what the hell a norry is. Well, norry travel is the local way of getting around Cambodia. One tends to be made from a bamboo platform, plonked on two rusty axles and operated by an old engine. This is usually sourced from an old motorbike or discarded farm equipment. A 100% practical contraption, a norry will hurtle you 50kph through the Cambodian countryside – and if you are lucky, you might make it to your final destination.
Although we can’t guarantee your travel insurance will cover traveling by home-made rail car, or whether you’ll even survive the trip, we can guarantee that it is an uber-unique way of traveling.
Need to traverse some snowy terrain? Grab a sled, a bunch of dogs, a compass and away you go! Dog-sledding is a surprisingly quick and reliable way to explore those arctic regions. You’ll also have several fury canines to keep you warm during the cold nights.
Think towing a boat with a Range Rover is pretentious? How about towing a space ship? Luckily, space tourism is no longer a thing of the future. The first to ever head up “just for fun” was an American businessman named Dennis Tito. The trip cost a mere $20 million dollars and took place in 2001 with the Russian Federal Space Agency. Don’t have a spare $20 million? Well, Virgin Galactic is offering the chance to grab a ride with them, a bargain at a mere $250,000. Though Virgin’s spacecraft are not yet taking passengers into outer space, they are taking bookings.
Space Elevator…In 2050
Don’t like the idea of traveling to space on a tank full of rocket fuel? Just take a trip on the world’s highest elevator…by far. The Japanese construction company Obayashi is currently working on the project, and hopes it will be fully operational by 2050. You may have to wait a bit on this one, but we think it will definitely be worth it!
Science fiction meets Elon Musk. As has been the case in his previous endeavors, the hyperloop concept seems to have gone from “no way” to “it’s actually happening” in a relatively short period of time. While the idea of evacuated tube transport has been around for a while, it wasn’t until 2013 that it started gaining some real traction. The idea is that a magnetically levitated “pod” will travel at greater-than-airliner speeds in a near-vacuum tube. Without the detrimental effects of air resistance, only minimal amounts of energy will be required to maintain potentially supersonic speed. This is one of the few examples of a concept that one day might legitimately challenge aircraft as the go-to method of long distance travel.