How we get around: five global modes of transport

Have you ever stopped to think about how many different modes of transport you have used on your travels and how they have enriched the experience? As the old adage says, ‘Life’s a journey, not a destination’, and with that in mind, we thought we’d take a look at some of the more unusual and exciting ways that we get around in our favourite destinations.

India

Rice boat cruise - Kerala

Kerala – A tropical region in the south of India, the backwaters of Kerala is one of our favourite places in all of India. Enjoy a meal prepared by the onboard chef using local produce, and get a glimpse of rural life as you glide past local villages. India’s possibly the best place to try new ways of getting around – try a tuk-tuk, en elephant or a camel.

Jordan

Katie and Evan in Jordan

When the going gets tough, a donkey is your best friend, especially in the steep hills surrounding the Rose City of Petra. Here are Katie and Evan, winners of our Get Rid of Me competition, putting their four-legged friends through their paces.

Morocco

Caravan in Sahara desert

A fascinating and beautiful country, Morocco is the perfect place to explore the extreme climate of the Sahara desert. And when you’re travelling long distances through the desert, there really is only one option. I always thought that riding a camel would be a bit like riding a horse, but really it couldn’t be any more different. Before you go, read our tips for how to ride a camel.

Africa

Seeing the Okavango Delta from a Mokoro canoe

The Okavango Delta is the largest inland river delta in the world, supporting a diverse range of flora and fauna – including elephant, hippo, leopard, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, crocodile and lions. The best way to see the delta is in a makoro – a dug-out canoe that is poled along by a local guide with knowledge of the waterways and the habits of the local wildlife. If you can think of a way to get closer to nature, we want to hear about it!

Trans-Siberian

Trans-Siberian train, Mongolia

Trains obviously aren’t unique to the Trans-Siberian region, but this is the big daddy of all train journeys, stretching from Moscow all the way to Beijing – and onwards to Vladivostok. Crossing the steppes of Mongolia, the Ural Mountains, and the Gobi Desert, the Trans-Siberian crosses about a third of the earth’s surface. Along with the train ride itself, there are a range of other things one can do along the way depending on the season, especially in Lake Baikal or Yekaterinburg.

What’s your favourite way to travel and how has it enhanced the way you see the world?

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One Response to How we get around: five global modes of transport

  1. Larry & Marilyn French says:

    Don’t forget the feluccas on the Nile!

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