30 Cool Forms Of Transportation In Different Parts Of The World
From windy desert dunes to perilous sub-zero climates, the world is a unique mishmash of different surfaces. Some even require special and unique forms of transportation to help get passengers to their destinations.
Here we chronicle 30 of the world's most novel and unusual forms of transportation from around the world.
1. Ice Angel, USA
There are around 21 small islands off the coast of mainland Wisconsin and only a few of those are inhabited.
Usually, getting between the islands is as simple as hopping on the ferry or, in the winter, a two-mile ice highway freezes over and is thick enough to drive on but during the in-between times, when the ice is thin, Ice Angels are employed to skate over the surface using air fans to propel them either over or through the ice.
2. Tuk-tuks, Thailand
Motorized rickshaws, tuk-tuks are open-air taxis named for the sound that their two-cycle engines make.
Found predominantly in tourist locations, they are essentially extended scooters with seating and a roof and can be expensive if you aren't prepared to haggle.
3. Gondola, Italy
The city of Venice is built in amongst a complex network of canals that sees the buildings on stilts in order to keep out of the water (sadly, a system that is failing).
But by taking one of these gondolas with its own dedicated gondolier who will punt you through the city, you can drift by the many beautiful sights.
4. Hydrofoils, Greece
The quickest and most stylish way to hop between the Greek islands of Crete and Corfu is, without a doubt, the flashy looking hydrofoils. Boats that are fitted with shaped vanes that bend and flex to the pressure of the wind, as they pick up speed, they are lifted out of the water and glide along its surface so as to reduce drag and make them faster and more efficient than other water transport.
They are however expensive and complicated to maintain.
5. Coco Taxi, Cuba
The streets of Havana, Cuba's capital, are used to seeing all sorts of odd vehicles. Still teeming with immaculately kept American cars from the 1950s and until recently they were home to the camel bus, which was part truck, part bus, the Coco taxis are shaped like hollowed out coconuts or NFL players helmets and whizz around the city looking for fares.
With yellow ones designated for tourists and black ones for the locals, these small but nippy vehicles are a common site on the Carribean island.