Round, Round, I Get Around is more than a Beachboy’s tune. It’s a victory chant from nations around the world who have adapted their transportation services to accommodate the varied landscapes that their countrymen and tourists must traverse. Here are some of the most novel ways that people get around.
If ever you are in Wisconsin, you’ll find 21 small islands. Although crossing between them is fine by Ferry in warm weather or by car when all freezes over, it is the in=between period that requires something more versatile. The Ice Angel skims across the thin ice using air fans.
Visiting Thailand? You’ll probably find tuk-tuks shuffling people about. These are basically motorized rickshaws that are found in the tourist locations. Prepare to haggle if you want a better price.
Venice is a city of canal waterways with houses supported on stilts. To get around, you’ll have to hire one of these waterway taxis that are operated by a gondolier. A pleasant way to get around, we think.
One of the quickest ways to move between the islands of Crete and Corfu in Greece is the Hydrofoil. The vanes lift the boat of the water allowing for a quicker more efficient ride.
Cuba is known for having some of the oddest cars including well-kept American cars from the 1950s. But for tourists, the most unusual is this coco taxi which is shaped much like a, well, coconut.
The island of Madeira in Portugal has quite an interesting way to get tourists around. These wooden and wicker toboggans fly down the Monte Mountain and have been doing so since the 1850s. Quite the attraction, tourists are guided by two pilots who control the descent while you hang on to your hats.
Streets in Bali are so congested that motorbikes have become the preferred means to get around. In fact, anyone with a motorbike can offer transport for a price.
It’s super sleek and super fast! With speeds of up to 320kph Japan’s Bullet train can whisk you across the countryside like no other train.
When the roads gets clogged with traffic in Bangkok Thailand, there’s always the canals. These water taxis offer up riverboats that move quite quickly to get tourists, commuters and produce to their destination.
Although outlawed in many countries due to the welfare of rikshaw drivers, this once major mode of transport in Japan is still alive and well. When visiting Asakusa in Tokyo, you’ll find them as a tourist attraction that keeps the country’s history and tradition alive.
You may picture a houseboat as being some sort of long barge-like thing that floats in the water. But they are much different on the waters of Kerala India. These houseboats are made mostly from reeds, have no nails holding them together and are like practically floating hotels.
This vertical railway in Budapest Hungary was bombed during World War II but was restored to full glory in the 1980s. It gets commuters up to the lofty castle district fast and cheap.