10 Unique modes of transportation around the world


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Cars, trains, buses, and planes aren’t the only way to get around a country. Here are ten unique modes of transporation around the world.

1. Chicken bus (Central America)

A chicken bus is the main form of local transportation between towns, villages and cities throughout Central America and it is usually the cheapest option for travelling for any distance in these countries.

Tourists call them “chicken bus” because chicken buses commonly used by locals for the transport of stock from one place to another. Usually large items are put on the top of the bus.

2. Sled dogs (North America)

A dog sled is a sled pulled by dogs over ice or through snow. Dog sledding is sometimes called “mushing”, and a person who travels by dog sled is called a “musher”. Mushers take great care when selecting their dog sled team, which includes several dogs with different jobs. The dogs are tied together by a long “gangline” running between them. Dog sled teams can travel at speeds up to 20 mph.

3. Human-powered pulled rickshaw (Africa, Asia, North America)

A pulled rickshaw is a mode of human-powered transport by which a runner draws a two-wheeled cart which seats one or two people. The first known use of the term was in 1887. Pulled rickshaws created a popular form of trnsportation, and a source of employment for male laborers within Asian cities in 19th century. Auto rickshaws are becoming more pupular in some cities in the 21st century as an alternative to taxis because of their low cost.

4. Elephant (India, Asia)

In India and many places in South East Asia, an elephant is not only an animal but also a mode of transport. In many Asian countries, people use animals to help with labor. Because their incredible strength allows people to carry heavy weight. Elephants also have the ability to navigate through heavy terrain and dense forest. With a lot of training, an elephant can become quite tame which generally makes them safe to work around people.

5. Rail Cart (Philippines, Southeast Asia)

The rail cart is most commonly found in the Philippines and is literally a cart that is pulled along rail tracks by a person, people, or a horse. The special wheels on the cart allow for quick transport but, unfortunately, are not always fast enough to get out of the way of the real trains that also use the tracks.

6. Reed Boat (Lake Titicana, Peru)

Lake Titicana stretches across the countries of Peru and Bolivia and is home to many floating villages around Southern Peru. These villages are inhabited by the Uro people, who use natural resources, like reed, to construct homes and boats. The boats are light but resiliant and, built in the shape of a dragon, are said to have been used by the anicent Incas to ward off evil spirits.

7. Camel Back (Jordan, Middle East)

While there are many places where camel rides are popular, one way to try out this transport option for yourself is by trekking through the beautiful rose colored deserts of Wadi Rum in Jordan. Cairo, Dubai, Mongolia, Morocco, and many deserts in India are also known for being camel riding hotspots.

8. Couch Bike (Canada)

The couch bike is literally a couch that you pedal like a bike, pokes fun at sedentary culture while providing an eco-friendly alternative to driving. Just make sure you know the traffic laws of the city you’ll be riding in, as the vehicle may not be legal to drive in all areas.

9. Monte Toboggan Ride (Maderia, Portugal)

This unique transport mode is only for the adventureous. Passengers sit in a wicker or wooden tobaggen and ride down the mountain from Monte to Funchal. While an exhilerating experience, you don’t have to worry too much about crashing as there are two locals “steering” the vehicle from the outside.

10. Habal Habal (Phillippines, Asia)

The habal habal is a unique motorcycle that can seat many people. The simpler versions seat 4-5 people, with a seat that extends over the back wheel, while the more complex type of Habal Habal can seat up to thirteen people and their luggage with the addition of wooden planks acting as benches.

Sources: http://gadling.com/2011/11/11/10-unique-modes-of-transportation-around-the-world/

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