8 Weird Ways To Travel The World

21 November 2015

British adventurer Sarah Outen recently completed the final leg of a remarkable round-the-world journey that has seen her cycle, kayak and row 40,000 kilometres.

Here are some other unusual ways to globetrot, from becoming mail to opting for one wheel. Some you might want to emulate, while others make flying Economy look like First Class.

To be honest, we much prefer the comfortable interior of a jet.

1. On A Cargo Ship

 Life afloat for the adventurous

Love life afloat but don't want to travel in the company of hundreds of strangers (and can't afford a private yacht)? Then trade a cruise ship for a cargo vessel. Many offer accommodation, some have small swimming pools and gyms and dinner at the captain's table comes as standard.

2. In A Tuk Tuk

 Sri Lanka the tuk tuk way

Large Minority's charity trips include the Lanka Challenge, during which you'll get the chance to bomb around Sri Lanka for eight days (and 1,000 kilometres) in a tuk tuk.

Charles Starmer-Smith signed up in 2009. "Armed only with maps and a Sinhala phrase book, the two or three-man teams were reliant on the goodwill of locals, a bit of gumption and a heavy dose of good luck," he wrote.

"The organisers promised unique experiences, and we weren't disappointed."

3. On A Unicycle

 Ed Pratt's one-wheel wonder

This is one you probably won't want to replicate. Ed Pratt, 19, is in the middle of an 29,000-kilometre round-the-world ride - on a unicycle. He began in March and reckons it will take him two years.

4. Post Yourself In A Box

 Travelling air freight class

OK, we're not actually suggesting you do this. But it has been done before.

In 1964, Reg Spiers, an Aussie javelin thrower, found himself in England, penniless and with no plane ticket home. So he climbed into a large wooden crate and convinced a friend to air freight him back to Perth. The journey took 63 hours.

Spiers would later become involved in drug smuggling and served a five-year jail term.


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5. Become A Flight Attendant

 It's still a way to see the world and get paid for it

In 1966, a New York Times classified ad for stewardesses at Eastern Airlines listed these requirements: "A high school graduate, single (widows and divorcees with no children considered), 20 years of age (girls 19 1/2 may apply for future consideration). 5'2" but no more than 5'9", weight 105 to 135 in proportion to height and have at least 20/40 vision without glasses."

Fortunately, things have moved on somewhat since then. There are still height requirements but none regarding weight, age, marital status or gender.

No higher education is required, though some customer service experience may be expected. Check airline's careers sections for opening, nail the interview and you'll get to fly around the world for free.

6. With A Sofa

 The armchair traveller

In 2013, Ben Sadd, a 26-year-old photographer and filmmaker from Dorset, England, completed a journey on foot from Bournemouth to Brighton - dragging a massive sofa. Which must make him the ultimate armchair traveller. Why not top him and try a longer journey towing your favourite couch?

7. By Private Jet

 The only way to fly - if you can afford it

Got $120,000 burning a hole in your pocket? You could spend 24 days next month flying by private jet to destinations including Machu Picchu, Easter Island, Samoa, The Great Barrier Reef, Angkor Wat, Chengdu, Tibet, the Taj Mahal, Tanzania, Petra and Marrakech. That's a bucket-list itinerary if ever we saw one.

8. On A Floating School

 Learning as you go

Semester at Sea is a study abroad program, sponsored by the University of Virginia but open to students of any accredited university.

Undergraduates spend three months travelling around the world on a cruise ship while attending lectures on board. It's got an impressive heritage, being founded in 1963 and with former speakers including Fidel Castro, Indira Gandhi, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela.


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