Our World Top-10 Lists: Unusual and Varied Transport Modes

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This list is our own personal top list based on what we have seen and experienced in our travels. There have been so many good ones that we could not limit this list to just 10. We have included all the different ones that we can think of. (updated 2020)

1. Inner Tube

Having a beer while floating down a river in Laos

Tubing along the river in Vang Vieng, Laos is the best way to go. The weather is warm, the beer cold, and everyone is having a great time. [Update: probably not a great idea, a risky idea with too many injuries]

2. Cycle Rickshaw

Clare Rickshaw Ride

Cycle rickshaw in Vietnam. Also in India.

3. Elephant


Riding an elephant in Laos. We were taken through the jungle to a river, and then the elephant thought it would be fun to tip us off into the water. Maybe not totally safe, but heaps of fun.

4. Gondola

Family Gondala Ride

Family Gondola ride in Venice, Italy.

5. Camels

A perfect time to ride in the desert

Our sunset ride in the Moroccan desert. We also rode a camel in the desert from Jaisalmer, India.

6. Tuk-Tuk

Driving a tuk tuk in Galle Sri Lanka
Casper driving a tuk tuk in Galle Sri Lanka

Tuk-Tuks throughout South-East Asia

7. Trains

Peeking Out

Trains, our favourite journeys have been the underground systems of New York, Mexico City, New Delhi and London, and the overnighters in India and Morocco.

8. Cycling

Family Cycle

We have had some amazing cycle rides. The family bike ride around Ubud is one of the highlights.

9. Traditional Fishing Boat

amed sunset

10. Family Quad-Cycle

riders on sulky cycle

Riding a cycle built for the family in Monterey California.

Other transport modes not in our Top-10

Ferry: Our favourite journey is just like a cruise, taking the ferry Corsica in the Mediterranean. They are not always so big. It was fun joining the locals on a small wooden ferry boat to the island of Ometepe in Nicaragua.

Cruising into the Sunset

Walking – Walking, everywhere, sometimes up a big hill.

Rob and a bag

Funicular – Lisbon, Portugal

The Gloria Funicular

Taxi – in Cairo and Mumbai


Jet Boat – from Cambodia to Laos. Also a jetboat in Belize.    

Monorail – in Las Vegas


Rowboat – in Slovenia


Planes – to get from country to country    

Pedal Boat – in Jaisalmer, India  

Chairlift – Mexico    

Chair carry – in India  

Ox and Cart – India  

Melbourne Tram

Trams – in Melbourne


Cable Car – in San Franciso

Horse and Cart – a traditional horse-driven cart on Gili Meno, locally known as cidomo.

gili horse

Donkey and Cart – India    

Moped – zipping around the island of Isla Mujeres in Mexico. Also a moped ride in Thailand

Moped Riders

Sailing Boat – the Caribbean in Belize

Truck – hitching a ride on the back of a truck in Guatemala.

Buses – Buses in Central America, Turkey and India. Sleeper bus in India

bus stop

Horse – Horse ride around the Great Pyramids of Egypt

Great pyramids in giza

See also the top-10 list of great travel journeys

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