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15 Special Transports in the World that You May Have Never Imagined

15 Special Transports in the World that You May Have Never Imagined

Once the mankind invented the wheel, it immediately started thinking of more special transports to move around the Earth. Today you can still travel horseback to camelback, take a high speed train or jet aircraft, or take one of  these 15 incredible transports you may have never imagined.

1. Pig skin rafts, China

Pig Skin Rafs

    Simple floating rafts made of polished pork skins have been used in China for centuries. Yet, you can still ride one in the remote rural regions along the the Yanzte River!

    2. Underground Funicular, Turkey

    Tünel Istanbul

      Tünel funicular in Istanbul is the second oldest underground transportation in the world, after the London’s tube. The  573 meters tunnel with two station was opened to the public on January 17, 1875 and is still in function today! The trip in a fancy red carriage from Karaköy quarter to Beyoğlu will take just 1.5 minutes! 

      3. Totora Boat, Peru

      Totora boat

        These funky reed boats are among the oldest known types of boats known to the world! Today, totora boats are still in use among indigenous people living on the floating islands of Titicaca Lake (which are also made of totora reed). The boats vary in size from tiny fishing canoes to thirty meters long vessels! Traditionally shaped with a dragon head on the bow of the boat to ward off evil spirits.

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        4.  Chiva Express in Ecuador

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          Is it a bus or is it a train? It doesn’t matter much as the route goes through jaw dropping Andian scenery from Plaza Grande, in Quito, to Hacienda San Augustin, near Cotopaxi volcano! Unfortunately, the local officials banned the route a few years ago due to safety concerns.

          Yet, you can still ride las chivas at the rural roads of  Colombia, Bolivia, Venezuela and a few regions of Ecuador. Make sure you know how to work with your elbows as the bus-trains are usually loaded front-to-back and floor-to-ceiling with: packages of  bananas, coffee, chickens, pigs, dogs, cows, cats, and people.

          5. Mikrolet in Manado, Indonesia

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            Now Mikrolet blue minivans can be seen in numerous Indonesian cities, however in Manado they’ve gotten to a way new level of awesomeness. Once it goes dark the drivers switch on all the neon and set the music out loud. Think really loud with huge woofing sub-buffers hidden under the last row of seats. The fair is less than 1$, making it the cheapest club on wheels I have ever seen.

            6. Amfibus, The Netherlands

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              Amfibus is one of the main attractions in Rotterdam. Take a bus tour of the city for €24,50 and get splashed in the Maas River! Similar buses recently replaced River Clyde ferry crossing in Renfrew and Yoker, close to Glasgow City.

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              7. Bamboo train, Cambodia

              Bamboo Train

                Technically, it’s more like a square platform put on reused military tank wheels and equipped with an engine. Running between Phnom Penh and Battambang, the train is incredibly popular among the locals and primarly used for transporting all sort of stuff – from chickens to scooters. 

                8. Toboggan in Madeira, Portugal

                Toboggan Madeira

                  A transport for the true daredevils! How do you feel about taking a 2 kilometer ride down the crooked hill from Monte to Funchal neighborhood with a speed of 48 km/hour?

                  9.  Sauna boat, Sweden 

                  Sauna Boat

                    For those who love relaxing travel, head to Klädesholmen or Mälaren in Stockholm! You can travel up to 15 knots on water while taking all sort of spa treatments and soaking your skin in a warm sauna!

                    10. Outdoor escalator in Medellín, Colombia

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                    Escalator Columbia

                      The notorious city of Medellin (former murder capital of the world, controlled by Pablo Escobar) is steadily becoming one of the most progressive urban cities in Colombia! In 2011, the city opened a 85-meter long coveted escalator in Comuna Trece. Now the residents can travel up the hill to the newly built shopping area in just 6 minutes instead of taking an hour walk around the crooked lanes.

                      11 Jeepney, The Philippines

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                        You hate them or love them, but you can’t completely ignore them! Kitsch and  loud jeepneys are everywhere around the Philippines. They vary in shape, size, and design, yet nearly always are tightly people-packed and driving at insane speed. Can you imagine, those used to be military jeeps during World War II?

                        12. Bicycle lift in Trondheim, Norway

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                          I love riding down the hill with wind whistling in my ears…but huffing and puffing up the hill doesn’t seem as fun to me. In Trondheim, you can use this awesome lift to get you all the way up to the top for free. Place your right foot on the starting point and keep the left foot on the bicycle pedal. After pushing the start button, a footplate emerges to get you pushed forward.

                          13. Tangah in Pakistan

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                            Tangah are high-seated carriages on two big wheels, pulled by one or two horses. It is definitely not the most comfortable mean of transportation (or the fastest), but incredible fun guaranteed!

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                            14. Dhow in Zanzibar

                            Dhow

                              Gracious dhow boats can often been seen around the Red Sea and Indian Ocean region. Originally, a traditional Arab sailing vessel, designed for transporting heavy items, like fruit, fish, people and cattle to the coasts of the Arabian Peninsula, Pakistan, India, today smaller dhows are used for fishing in the Indian Ocean all the way from Madagascar to the Bay of Bengal.

                              15.  Basket Boat in Vietnam

                              Basket Boat

                                These incredible basket boats, named as Thung Chai by the locals – are insanely valuable to their owners (mostly fishermen in central Vietnam).  I wonder how difficult it is to sail a boat like that?

                                Featured photo credit: randomix via flickr.com

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                                Last Updated on December 9, 2019

                                5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                                Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                                Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                                1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                                Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                                This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                                In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                                The result: no more mental stress.

                                2. Unplug

                                Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                                How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                                It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                                Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                                3. Easy on the Caffeine

                                Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                                Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                                4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                                That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                                How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                                • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                                • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                                • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                                While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                                5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                                This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                                The result: mental stress will be gone!

                                So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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