Have you ever thought about taking it a step further and use a lesser-used means of transport e.g. sailing, ballooning, hitch-hiking, etc., to see the world?
I'm curious how many people have taken a less conventional means of transport, how that worked out, or perhaps why you would never want to. I confess that I find the idea of traveling on a hot-air balloon or with a small crew by sea quite intimidating. I've never hitch-hiked, and most of my travel from point A to point B has been by conventional means (car, bus, plane, or feet).
I loved Ted Simon's books Jupiter's Travels and Dreaming of Jupiter so I have had wonderful fantasies about following in his footsteps or should I say on a motorcycle. But with that said I gave up riding motorcycles once I became a nurse. Plus after reading both of his books I must say it was fun and exciting but a lot of work. Not sure I have the mental where with all for that kind of trip.
My cousin was crew twice on a sailboat in the South Pacific and she had a wonderful time. I think that would be fantastic.
One of our neighbors here in Florida lived on a sailboat for 5 years and traveled Caribbean Islands. That sounds fantastic-- except I don't know how to sail....but she didn't either when they started.
I love trains. I intend to take as many of them as I can.
Once I hitch-hiked an electric goods train in India. I needed to travel from A to B and there was no train in the middle of the night. He was a friendly driver, and after we became friends, he taught me how to drive that monster....well, I shouldn't say much beyond that, should I?
I hitchhiked trucks in the mountain and jungle roads in India many a times. Some were necessity, some were for fun. But each time, I used to be thrilled, especially when driving in pitch darkness in the jungle... you see nothing around you except the two beams of headlight and a sea of darkness beyond it. Those were good yesteryear!
Flying in open air microlite to see many attractions from the sky is my favourite pastime whenever I travel to a place. To see Angkor Wat from the sky or to feel the vastness of Chiang Mai dam from an open air microlite is unparalleled.
And traveling from 15000ft to Ground zero while tossing and turning in the air after the jump from a plane is surely an unconventional landing from 'A' to 'B'. I have enjoyed that few times.
Perhaps I should stop now ...I am an adrenaline junkie alright!
this are very nice! I was traveling a lot! but I also got a lot into hiking lately and I'm thinking about a huge hiking trip!! like not just a few days more about a few months!
I was telling my daughter this evening about my plans to walk across Norway...east to west is much easier than north to south! She was looking a map following along, and after I was done describing my ten day itinerary, she said that I could drive that distance in a couple hours. Why would I walk?! So although I've come to this means of "transportation" late in life, I've found the slow pace a wonderful way to see a country.