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Guest blog: Five alternative ways to travel

Written by Fiona March 19 2013

My guest blogger Izzy enjoys the travelling, the getting from A to B, as much as the arriving and discovering new destinations. She writes: “Travelling, to me, is a hobby. Although most of us are used to planes, trains and automobiles, there are alternative ways to explore, and will tell you in this blog about some of the best.”

Tuks Tuks in Thailand

Tuk tuk is the way to go

Tuk tuk is the way to go

If you’ve ever been to Thailand, you’ll know that tuk tuks can be found everywhere. You’ll have to be pretty brave to take a ride in one, but they can be the best way to navigate the busy streets. A Tuk Tuk is pretty much a cabin built on a scooter. Simple, but it does the trick!

Tuk Tuks have become so popular in Thailand that they’re now starting to catch on elsewhere. You can now even hire one for your wedding!

Ride an elephant in Africa

African elephants are stunning animals, and getting the opportunity to ride one is a real treat. Whether you want to go game viewing with an experienced elephant handler, or simply want to take the opportunity to see the beautiful landscape, there are a number of organised tours which allow you to do this.

Husky sledding in Iceland

If you’re after a frostier adventure, dog sledding in Iceland could be your perfect adventure. Not only will you get the opportunity to get up close to some amazing huskies, but you’ll love the adrenaline rush if you’re a bit of a thrill-seeker too. This trip is great for the whole family, and the wonders of Greenland will create the ideal winter wonderland backdrop.

Experience the Shinkansen in Japan

The Shinkansen, otherwise known as the bullet train, has a maximum speed of 200mph and is a seriously impressive feat of engineering. The average delay from schedule per train was just 36 seconds in 2012, so you won’t have to contend with the same rail related battles as we do in the UK!

On top of that, if you compare the Shinkansen to a car, the bullet train emits only 16% of the carbon dioxide of a car on the equivalent journey.

Take a Boda-boda ride in Africa

A Boda-boda is a bicycle taxi that originated in Africa in the 60s and 70s. They’re used by the local people to travel between villages, and have become a very effective way to travel. The locals make money by using them as two seater taxis, and they’ve also been developed into motorcycle taxis too, if you’re looking for something a little speedier!

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