Around the world in 80 modes of transportation

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In celebration of the powerful plane, the humble hoof, and everything in between, we journey around the world in 80 modes of transportation. Here’s our series.

Sometimes the joy of travel is as much about getting to and around a destination, as it is about the destination itself.

In celebration of the powerful plane, the humble hoof, and everything in between, we journey around the world in 80 modes of transportation. Here’s part one!

(Our featured image is by Andrea Schaffer and shows a junk boat in Halong Bay, Vietnam.)

Taxicab

London, England

Taxicab in London, England (Image: docoverachiever)
A taxicab in London, England (Image: docoverachiever)

 

Felucca

Luxor, Egypt

Felucca in Luxor, Egypt
Feluccas in Luxor, Egypt (Image: Bracketing Life)

Cable Car (Rail)

San Francisco, Calif., United States

Cable car in San Francisco, California, United States (Image: David Paul Ohmer)
A cable car in San Francisco, Calif., United States (Image: David Paul Ohmer)

Dog Sled

Alaska, United States

Dog sled in Alaska, United States (Image: EclecticBlogs)
A dog sled in Alaska, United States (Image: EclecticBlogs)

Hot Air Balloon

Albuquerque, N.M., United States

Hot air balloons in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States (Image: dherrera_96)
Hot air balloons in Albuquerque, N.M., United States (Image: dherrera_96)

High-speed Train

Tokyo, Japan

High-speed train in Tokyo, Japan (Image: Japan National Tourism Organization)
A high-speed train in Tokyo, Japan (Image: Japan National Tourism Organization)

Seaplane

Vancouver, Wash., United States

Seaplane in (Image: Tiberiu Ana)
A seaplane in Vancouver, Wash., United States (Image: Tiberiu Ana)

Trolleybus

Moscow, Russia

Trolleybus in (Image: State Unitary Enterprise MOSGORTRANS)
Trolleybuses in Moscow, Russia (Image: State Unitary Enterprise MOSGORTRANS)

Hovercraft

Isle of Wight, England

Hovercraft in Isle of Wight, England (Image: Hovertravel)
A hovercraft in Isle of Wight, England (Image: Hovertravel)

Horse

Keel Beach, Ireland

Horse in Keel Beach, Ireland (Image: Fáilte Ireland)
Horses in Keel Beach, Ireland (Image: Fáilte Ireland)

Gondola

Venice, Italy

A gondola in Venice, Italy (Image: bratha)
A gondola in Venice, Italy (Image: bratha)

Minibus Taxi

Cape Town, South Africa

Minibus taxi in Cape Town, South Africa (Image: Wikipedia)
Minibus taxi in Cape Town, South Africa (Image: Wikipedia)

Airliner

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Airliner (Image: lrargerich)
Airliner (Image: lrargerich)

Camel

Jaisalmer, India

Camel (Image: sushmita balasubramani)
Camel (Image: sushmita balasubramani)

Maglev Train

Shanghai, China

Maglev Train in Shanghai, China (Image: zieak)
Maglev Train in Shanghai, China (Image: zieak)

Funicular

Montserrat, Spain

Funicular in Montserrat, Spain (Image: jiashiang)
Funicular in Montserrat, Spain (Image: jiashiang)

Jeepney

Manilla, Philippines

Jeepney in Manilla, Phillippines (Image: Stefan Munder)
Jeepney in Manilla, Phillippines (Image: Stefan Munder)

Catamaran

Shinas, Oman

Catamaran in Shinas, Oman (Image: National Ferries Company S.A.O.C.)
Catamaran in Shinas, Oman (Image: National Ferries Company S.A.O.C.)

Airboat

The Florida Everglades, United States

Airboat in the Florida Everglades, United States (Image: Experience Kissimmee, Florida)
Airboat in the Florida Everglades, United States (Image: Experience Kissimmee, Florida)

Remorque-moto

Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Remorque-moto in Sihanoukville, Cambodia
Remorque-moto in Sihanoukville, Cambodia (Image: joaquinuy)

Houseboat

Kerala, India

A houseboat in Kerala, India (Image: timj.b)
A houseboat in Kerala, India (Image: timj.b)

Tuk-Tuk

Bangkok, Thailand

Tuk-Tuk in Bangkok, Thailand (Image: Dave_B_)
A Tuk-Tuk in Thailand (Image: Dave_B_)

Cruise Liner

Caribbean

A cruise liner (Image: Phil Comeau)
A cruise liner (Image: Phil Comeau)

4×4

Dubai, UAE

A 4x4 (Image: JohnONolan)
A 4×4 (Image: JohnONolan)

Cgo Yong

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Cgo Yong (Image: emilio labrador)
A Cgo Yong in Cambodia (Image: emilio labrador)

Camello

Havana, Cuna

A camello (Image: Langs x 2)
A camello in Cuba (Image: Langs x 2)

Yak

Bhutan

A yak (Image: Greg Walters)
A yak in Bhutan (Image: Greg Walters)

Auto-rickshaw (‘Auto’)

Pondicherry, India

An auto-rickshaw (Image: Brett Ackroyd)
An “Auto” (Image: Brett Ackroyd)

Zipline

Oregon, United States

A zipwire (Image: Northwest Rafting Company)
A zipline (Image: Northwest Rafting Company)

Elevated railway

Chicago, Illinois, United States

"The El" in Chicago (Image: vxla)
“The El” in Chicago (Image: vxla)

Longtail Boat

Krabi, Thailand

Longtail boat (Image: darren-johnson)
A longtail boat in Thailand (Image: darren-johnson)

“Jumbo”

Vientiane, Laos

"Jumbo" (Image: John Pavelka)
A “jumbo” in Laos (Image: John Pavelka)

Container Ship

Aranui 3, French Polynesia

Container ship (Image: Wikipedia)
A container ship (Image: Wikipedia)

Mule

Grand Canyon, United States

Mule (Image: Moyan_Brenn)
A mule at the Grand Canyon (Image: Moyan_Brenn)

River Boat

Manaus (Amazon), Brazil

River boat (Image: land.nick)
A river boat (Image: land.nick)

Songthaew

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Songthaew (Image: Wikipedia)
A songthaew in Thailand (Image: Wikipedia)

Hydrofoil

Aegina, Greece

Hydrofoil (Image: )
A hydrofoil in Greece (Image: Wikipedia)

Indian Sleeper Train

Haridwar, India

Indian sleeper train (Image: Wikipedia)
An Indian sleeper train in India (Image: Wikipedia)

Horse-Drawn Carriage

Central Park, New York City, United States

Horse drawn carriage (Image: mellow maverick)
A horse drawn carriage in Central Park (Image: mellow maverick)

Cyclo

Hanoi, Vietnam

Cyclo (Image: graeme_newcomb)
A cyclo in Vietnam (Image: graeme_newcomb)

Ferry

Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong

Ferry (Image: geographyalltheway.com)
Ferry (Image: geographyalltheway.com)

Pulled rickshaw

Kolkata, India

Pulled rickshaw (Image: Wikipedia)
Pulled rickshaw (Image: Wikipedia)

Elephant

Hongsa, Laos

Elephant (Image: astrangelyisolatedplace)
Elephant (Image: astrangelyisolatedplace)

Tram

Melbourne, Australia

Tram (Image: va1berg)
Tram (Image: va1berg)

Boda-Boda

Kampala, Uganda

Boda-Boda (Image: Wikipedia)
Boda-Boda (Image: Wikipedia)

Helicopter

Big Island, Hawaii, United States

Helicopter (Image: © Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tours)
Helicopter (Image: © Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tours)

Double-decker bus

London, England

Double-decker bus (Image: john millar)
Double-decker bus (Image: john millar)

Swahili Dhow

Mombasa, Kenya

Swahili Dhow (Image: The Wandering Angel)
Swahili Dhow (Image: The Wandering Angel)

Bamboo Train

Battambang, Cambodia

Bamboo train (Image: paularps)
Bamboo train (Image: paularps)

Duck boat

Boston, United States

Duck boat (Image: Boston Duck Tours)
Duck boat (Image: Boston Duck Tours)

Eurostar

Paris, France

Eurostar (Image: Eurostar)
Eurostar (Image: Eurostar)

Reindeer sled

Lapland, Finland

Reindeer sled (Image: RukaKuusamo.com)
Reindeer sled (Image: RukaKuusamo.com)

Slow-boat

Luang Prabang, Laos

Slow-boat (Image: Allie_Caulfield)
Slow-boat (Image: Allie_Caulfield)

Snowmobile

Finnmarksvidda mountain plateau, Norway

Snowmobile (Image: rayoplateado)
Snowmobile (Image: rayoplateado)

Chicken bus

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Chicken bus (Image: Wikipedia)
Chicken bus (Image: Wikipedia)

Segway

Munich, Germany

Segway (Image: City Segway Tours - Munich)
Segway (Image: City Segway Tours – Munich)

Submarine

Maui, Hawaii, United States

Submarine (Image: Atlantis Adventures)
Submarine (Image: Atlantis Adventures)

Dune Buggy

Huacachina, Peru

Dune buggy (Image: An en Alain)
Dune buggy (Image: An en Alain)

RIB (Rigid-hulled inflatable boat)

The Seychelles

Rigid-hulled inflatable boat (Image: Seychelles Tourism Board)
Rigid-hulled inflatable boat (Image: Seychelles Tourism Board)

Tanga

Faisalabad, Pakistan

Tanga (Image: Sahaab)
Tanga (Image: Sahaab)

Paddle Steamer

New Orleans, La., United States

Paddle steamer (Image: bnorwood)
Paddle steamer (Image: bnorwood)

Terra Bus

Athabasca Glacier, Alberta, Canada

Terra Bus (Image: MarilynJane)
Terra Bus (Image: MarilynJane)

Totora Boat

Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Totora boat (Image: Esme_Vos)
Totora boat (Image: Esme_Vos)

Mountain Railway ‘Toy Train’

Darjeeling, India

Toy train (Image: Wikipedia)
Toy train (Image: Wikipedia)

Jetboat

Shotover River Canyons, Queenstown, New Zealand

Jet boat (Image: Shotover Jet)
Jetboat (Image: Shotover Jet)

Rowboat

Can Tho (Mekong), Vietnam

Rowboat (Image: staffan.scherz)
Rowboat (Image: staffan.scherz)

Greyhound

Baltimore, Md., United States

Greyhound (Image: Go Greyhound!)
Greyhound (Image: Go Greyhound!)

Suspension railway

Wuppertal, Germany

Suspension railway (Image: Wikipedia)
Suspension railway (Image: Wikipedia)

Personal Rapid Transit

West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.V., United States

Personal rapid transit (Image: Wikipedia)
Personal rapid transit (Image: Wikipedia)

Metro

Washington D.C., United States

Metro (Image: Hawthorne Ave)
The Metro (Image: Hawthorne Ave)

Junk boat

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Junk boat (Image: Andrea Schaffer)
Junk boat (Image: Andrea Schaffer)

Airship

Schaffhausen, Germany

Airship (Image: Wikipedia)
Airship (Image: Wikipedia)

Aerial Tramway

Rote Nase, Switzerland

Aerial Tramway  (Image: Wikipedia)
Aerial Tramway (Image: Wikipedia)

Moto taxi

Sacred Valley, Peru

Moto taxi (Image: tinou bao)
Moto taxi (Image: tinou bao)

Snow bus

Yellowstone National Park, United States

Snow bus (Image: Yellowstone Alpine Guides)
Snow bus (Image: Yellowstone Alpine Guides)

Ascensor

Monte San Pedro, La Coruña, Spain

Ascensor  (Image: Amio Cajander)
Ascensor (Image: Amio Cajander)

Windsled

Madeline Island, United States

Windsled (Image: Stronger than Dirt)
Windsled (Image: Stronger than Dirt)

Escalator

Central–Mid-levels, Hong Kong, China

Escalator (Image: JMR_Photography)
Escalator (Image: JMR_Photography)

Horse Drawn Tram

Victor Harbor, Australia

Horse-drawn tram  (Image: City of Victor Harbor)
Horse-drawn tram (Image: City of Victor Harbor)

Coco Taxi

Varadero, Cuba

Coco taxi (Image: MattJP)
Coco taxi (Image: MattJP)

Do you have memories of using any of these forms of transport? We’d love to hear your stories. Tweet us, or comment below. Stay tuned for 60 more modes of transport!

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Around the world in 80 modes of transportation was last modified: March 25th, 2013 by Brett Ackroyd
Author: Brett Ackroyd (1167 posts)

Brett hopes to one day reach the shores of far-flung Tristan da Cunha, the most remote of all the inhabited archipelagos on Earth…as to what he’ll do when he gets there, he hasn’t a clue. Over the last 10 years, London, New York, Cape Town and Pondicherry have all proudly been referred to as home. Now it’s Copenhagen’s turn, where he lends his travel expertise to momondo.com.