Unusual Ways of Traveling

Some people prefer to stick to conventional means of travel such as cars, buses and planes. However, if you have a craving for adventure and want to try something different, there are a number of transportation alternatives around the world. Keep reading for some of the best and most unusual ways it is possible to travel.

Dog Sled
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Dog Sled

The breeding and using of dogs to pull sleds as a means of transport dates to before Europeans arrived in North America. They are still used in snow-covered rural communities in parts of Alaska, Canada and Greenland, though snowmobiles have supplanted them in many areas. Dog sled teams are now used mainly for recreational transport and racing. The 1,100-mile dog sled race along the Iditarod Trail between Wasilla and Nome in Alaska is considered one of the most grueling endurance races in the world. For those who prefer a more leisurely pace, many outfitters in such places as Montana, Alaska, Canada and Finland offer dog sled vacations that vary from day trips to weeks in the wilderness. One of the most exotic, in Sweden, has a package that includes dog sledding, igloo building and a stay at the annually-rebuilt Ice Hotel.

Cargo Ship

If the thought of traveling by sea appeals to you but you cannot afford a ticket aboard a luxury liner, consider hopping a cargo ship. It costs much less than a cruise ship, and the luggage allowance is generous. You will not find an intense schedule of organized events, but the atmosphere is casual, relaxing and friendly. Usually you are just one of a small group of passengers among a crew of a few dozen at most. The food is ample, well-cooked and satisfying. As long as you are flexible in your itinerary, you can find a cargo ship to take you almost anywhere in the world.

Hot Air Balloon

Nothing beats the exhilaration of a trip by hot air balloon. You float high above the ground with unparalleled visions of landscapes. In the United States, some of the most spectacular hot air balloon journeys include those over the Grand Canyon in Arizona, Niagara Falls in New York, the Black Hills in South Dakota, Lake Tahoe in Nevada, and the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Internationally, balloon excursions are popular in Cappadocia in Turkey, Luberon in France, the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and many other locations. The world’s largest gathering of hot air balloons is the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico, which is said to be the most photographed event in the world. For an amazing experience, take a ride during the mass balloon launch.

Portland Aerial Tram
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Aerial Tram

An aerial tram is a cabin suspended by fixed cables. Aerial trams are used in some cities such as New York City and Portland, Oregon, as public transportation. In other areas they are used at ski resorts to transport skiers from lodges to slopes or to traverse rough mountain passes whose passage would otherwise be prohibitively difficult or time-consuming. The highest aerial tramway in the world is in Venezuela. The Cableway of Merida goes from 1,640 above sea level to 4,765 meters above sea level. At the peak of the tram you are so high above the ground you could be forgiven for forgetting that you aren’t in a plane. The longest passenger aerial tramway is in New Mexico. It starts in Albuquerque and goes all the way to the crest of the Sandia Mountains.

If you want to venture off the beaten path, try some of these unusual and thrilling means of travel.

This article was written by John Davis, a travel expert who hopes to help you travel better! He writes this on behalf of Stewart Technology Associates, your number one choice when looking for seakeeping analysis and marine engineering consulting services. Check out their website today and see how they can help you!

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