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

Travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco in Cabin, a hotel bus. [Image Bring Me/YouTube
Travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco in Cabin, a hotel bus. [Image Bring Me/YouTube

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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