Horses, camels, elephants, dog sleds, and rickshaws. Bicycles, scooters, motorcycles, and Segways. Airplanes, helicopters, zeppelins, and hot air balloons. Cars, buses, boats, and ferries. Trains, cable cars, monorails, and funiculars. How many modes of transport have you used?
No matter where we travel, how we get around is the single most important logistical concern. After all, if we can’t get to where we want to go, what use is knowing where to stay, what to see, or which food to eat? Transportation tends to be the most costly and least predictable parts to planning a journey, whether it’s for two weeks or two years.
The bottom of my list might be the overnight bus that we took from Marrakech to Essaouira, which had so much exhaust venting inside that we craned our necks up to the crack in the open window in order to get fresh air. The top of my list was being in the basket of a hot air balloon, 7000 feet above Albuquerque, watching the sun rise behind the Sandia mountains. I’ve also ridden camels, horses, tap-taps, moto-taxis, trains, hydrofoils, and a pirate ship.
My most recent Vagabonding column discusses the various ways travelers get around, and the most unique modes of transportation that can be found in the world.
What are some of your most memorable travel conveyances?