Bullet train in Japan

Sometimes it’s not the destination, it’s the journey. Though most of us travel by airplane or automobile, there are many other enjoyable ways to get around.

From submarines to hovercrafts, here are just a few of the different ways that you can travel. Why not make the journey just as memorable as the destination?

10 Unusual Ways to Travel

Travel by Hot Air Balloon
1. Hot Air Balloon

Taking a hot air balloon ride is an unforgettable experience.  With its slow pace directed by the wind, this unusual mode of transportation is like no other. Seeing the landscape spread below you is a moving experience.

Traveling by hot air balloon will enable you to see the world from a magnificent height and will give you a new perspective on the planet.

Hot air balloons are common in many places. For example, they are often used in Turkey, Mexico and Greece to show visitors the beautiful landscape below. They are so celebrated that festivals are held to celebrate this magnificent mode of transport. READ MORE: Hot Air Ballooning in New Mexico

Traveling by freighter or barge

2. Freighter Cruising

Though it’s not exactly the most luxurious mode of transport, traveling by barge or freighter is an affordable and unique way to travel. The most impressive thing about this mode of transportation is the sheer size of the vessel.

With a limited number of passengers, no amenities or wifi and months of sailing to your destination, you can experience the relaxation that comes with slow travel — and just think of the stories you’ll come home with.

Travel by private jet charter
3. Private Jet Travel

Private jet travel, that’s more like it! There is no better way to travel in luxury than flying by private jet.

Skip the queue and the busy airports and trade it all in for this luxury-lined flying experience that will leave you feeling like a king or queen. 

By the time you arrive at your destination, you will feel well-rested and as if you just stepped out of a luxury flying hotel.

Take a submarine cruise with Atlantis

4. Atlantis Submarines

If you are fascinated by the ocean and would love to get a closer look at what goes on under the surface, then traveling by submarine is a must for you.

You can find these passenger submarines in places like Hawaii, Aruba and Cozumel, where guests can cruise in these unusual vessels. You’ll be taken down to 100 feet underwater where you will see an entirely different world.

Riding a camel in Egypt

5. Camel Caravan

Camel caravans are still used in some parts of the world; they can be a novel and adventurous way to travel.

Riding a camel takes some getting used to, but these slow and sure-footed animals are an excellent way to cross the desert. This is an adventure you’re sure to remember. Read More: The Great Egyptian Camel Fiasco

6. Terra Bus

Explicitly designed for glacier travel, a terra bus (AKA snow coach) was built to withstand the toughest of terrains and the iciest weather conditions. It’s used in places in Canada, where extreme weather can make road conditions treacherous. 

With the ability to carry up to 56 passengers, this form of transportation is designed specifically for the Icefields Parkway and Athabasca Glacier in Jasper, Canada. 

There’s nothing this bus can’t handle.

Bullet train in Japan
7. Shinkansen, Japan

The original bullet train, these trains can reach up to 200 mph. 

High-speed trains are used to travel all over Japan. And did we mention that they’re extremely fast? With over a dozen trains every hour and 1300 passengers at a time, your travel will be over before you can say ‘Konnichiwa.’

8. Alaskan Hovercraft

If you thought they had retired the hovercraft, think again. In Alaska, these unusual vehicles provide transportation and help deliver essential services.

These floating giants can hover above land, water, ice or sand, and can venture to places that other types of vehicles cannot reach, often working in sub-zero temperatures and zero visibility. This is a vehicle that is a true asset in this rugged environment. 

Symphony of the Seas9. Symphony of the Seas

While the hovercraft was made to withstand harsh environments, this massive cruise ship was built to provide the ultimate in luxury cruising. 

The Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas is the largest cruise ship in the world and is a spectacle to behold.

With everything you’d possibly need  — including ice rinks, shopping malls, theatres, and even surf spots — you may never want to leave. 

10. Airlander 10

This helium-charged, diesel-powered flying machine is among the most unusual ways to travel. The Hybrid Air Vehicles HAV 304/Airlander 10 is a helium airship with auxiliary wing and tail surfaces. It can fly using aerostatic and aerodynamic lift and is powered by engine-driven ducted propellers. 

With the ability to travel for up to five days and land on almost anything, the possibilities are endless. True, we won’t be traveling on these anytime soon, but who knows what the future holds. 

So trade in those boring travel plans and book yourself onto one of these fabulous journeys that will help make your trip a memorable one.

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