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The Most Unique Methods of Local Transportation Abroad

- by Cox & Kings, The Americas

Posted February 15, 2019

It’s not just about reaching your destination; it’s about how you get there too.

You’ll find some of the coolest modes of transportation while you’re abroad. From bamboo trains to dog sleds to woven boats, you’ll get a great cultural awakening by trying out some of these unique methods of transportation. Get around town like the locals do and get ready for some adventure travel and excitement at the same time. Here are some of our favorite transportation modalities the locals use abroad and that, lucky for you, are open to tourists too:

Tuktuk: Used all over Asia, these little motorized three-wheelers are how locals and tourists alike get around. Originally from Bangkok, Thailand, tuktuks made their way over to India, where they’re now prolifically used. If you’ve never been on one before, forget the cab and go for a thrilling ride on a tuktuk, which usually can fit two people, and get ready for an adrenaline-pumping ride.

Zorb: With a name that sounds somewhat Martian, this New Zealand sport of rolling down a hill in an inflatable ball filled with air, is pretty fitting. Zorbs are an exciting and extremely different way of finding your way around New Zealand, and while it may not be what the locals do, it’s something we highly recommend if you’re up for some fun and adventure.

Totora Boat: Weaving is a huge part of the Uros tribes (natives of the floating islands of Lake Titicaca in Peru) who use reeds (totora) found in the lake to build their homes and boats for transportation. These dragon-shaped, lightweight boats make for easy, reliable, and convenient transportation for the locals. Tourists are welcome aboard as well and we highly recommend hopping on one if you have the chance.