Videos: 4 unusual modes of transport to try out on your next holiday

Travel in style next year, whether in an overnight bus hotel, a Tuk-Tuk, a rickshaw or a high-speed train.


When travelling around, endless plane flights or long, boring bus journeys can be trying. However, entrepreneurs are coming up with original ideas to get you from A to B, including an overnight bus hotel, taking you from Los Angeles to San Francisco, taking eight hours to get there. Wired reported on the bus service, saying passengers would feel tight turns and hard braking, but would otherwise have a smooth ride.

If visiting Spain, zoom between the major tourist cities in an AVE high-speed train. It takes less than three hours to get from Madrid to Barcelona and is far more comfortable than flying and the attendant airport delays.

As suggested by SA Venues, head to South Africa and have sheer fun travelling around in a three-wheeled Tuk-Tuk, inspired from similar vehicles in India and Thailand.

Alternatively, head to Durban and enjoy a ride in a rickshaw - a two-wheeled and colourful passenger cart.

Enjoy watching the videos included below and have fun on your travels next year!


Overnight bus hotel from Los Angeles to San Francisco

Cabin terms itself a “moving hotel,” and offers a lounge area for socialising and early morning coffee on the first level. Upstairs are sleeping pods or bunk beds, allowing passengers to stretch out and snooze in comfort. There is a fast Wi-Fi service available to those who can’t sleep and prefer to watch a movie or browse social media on their laptop. The bus service swears the beds are “bump-cancelling,” but the lady in the video did have trouble taking out her contacts.


AVE high-speed trains from Madrid, Spain

If you are visiting Madrid, make use of the Spanish AVE high-speed trains to quickly get to other popular destinations, including Alicante, A Coruña, Barcelona, Córdoba, Málaga, Santiago de Compostela, Seville and Valencia. Travelling at up to 193 mph (310 km/h) per hour, with an average speed of 162 mph (260 km/h) the train takes less than three hours to take you from Madrid to Barcelona. Enjoy comfortable seating with a great view from the windows along the way.


Travel in South Africa in a Tuk-Tuk

For a fun way to get around Johannesburg (Sandton, Melville and Rosebank) or the Cape Town city bowl, you can’t beat a Tuk-Tuk. These motorised, three-wheel vehicles are a fun ride for up to three passengers. Ideal for a short distance ride, the Tuk-Tuks are windowless with a small canopy and some space on board for a little luggage. The vehicles were inspired by similar Tuk-Tuks used in Thailand and India and as you can see from the video, they are a lot of fun (in good weather, at least).


Ride around in a Rickshaw in Durban

This two-wheel passenger cart is synonymous with the South African seaside resort city of Durban. The vehicle originated in Japan and was originally introduced to Durban by a sugar baron who wanted one to transport his wife. Durban is now full of the colourful rickshaws, which normally seat one passenger and are pulled by a man in full Zulu garb.


Alternative travel for 2019

When visiting the USA, Spain or South Africa next year, have fun on these alternative modes of transport.

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