Sometimes taking a car is overrated. Fortunately, many places across the globe have their own preferred mode of transportation, ranging from a simple bike to a junk boat and even a bamboo train. You never know what youll see when you throw away those car keys and explore a new country the way the locals get around.
According to Wild Junket, when you visit India, take the three wheeled approach. The TukTuk is a three-wheeled vehicle that is popular all over Asia. However, in India the skilled drivers will wind through traffic, dodging both motorists and pedestrians, making it a ride to remember - also it can sometimes be faster than waiting in traffic.
Ride an elephant into the Thai jungle, for a ride that will give you a new perspective of nature. Perched on top of the large animal, you can see more of the flora and fauna than one could from the ground. Plus, many of the elephant treks raise money to ensure the survival of the elephants that are becoming increasingly rare in the wild.
In Peru, if you venture out to the islands on Lake Ttiticaca, take a Totora boat back to the mainland. The Uros tribes that live on the islands weave their boats with reeds, known as totora, that are found in the lakes. The boats are built in the shape of a dragon to ward off evil, and sail quickly and swiftly on the calm water, making the trip easy and convenient.
For the most authentic experiences in any of these places, it is best to travel with a small group.
Unique modes of transportation found around the world
Posted on Wednesday, July 21st, 2010