Unique Ways to Travel: If You Haven’t Yet, You Really Should

{This post was written for Albom Adventures by Kacey Mya.}

The great thing about travel is that it never has to be the same way twice. Sure, it’s easy to take a plane or car somewhere, but even these methods can be spiced up a little bit to give you a more unique experience. In fact, if you’re an avid traveler you’re always looking for something new and exciting for your next voyage.

Luckily for you the list below can give you some ideas for your next adventure. Some of them are a bit far out there, but worth giving them a try at least once.

1. Coast to Coast Sleeper Train

While train travel may not be a new or unique method of transportation, seeing the whole of the US from coast to coast is definitely something that everyone should try at least once. Amtrak offers really great rates from different US cities, and unique way to visit such a vast country.

Public domain photo by Usamah Khan

Inside a train car
Public domain photo by Usamah Khan

2. Cruise to a Far Out Destination

Consider a new twist on large cruise liner travel, and opt for a destination other than the Caribbean. Baltic cruises offer the scenic views of northern Europe – spectacular Fjords, castles and beaches – as well as a convenient way to pay a quick visit to Russia (without all the normal visa hassles).

Cruising in Iceland is a unique way to travel. Public domain photo by Dieter55

Cruising in Iceland
Public domain photo by Dieter55

3. A Vintage RV/Car Road Trip

A road trip is kind of an American staple. Mix it up by renting a vintage airstream or vehicle to really turn the nostalgia up a bit. If you happen to choose one of those sweet, vintage two-seaters, you’ll attract the attention of everyone on the road. It would be wise to brush up on tips in case you get pulled over on unfamiliar roads (with unfamiliar speed limits).

4. By Horse (Yes, Seriously)

Perhaps this one is a bit out there, but you’re looking for unique right? Clissmann Horse Caravans in Ireland, offer just that for the experimental and adventurous traveler. What better way to explore the emerald isle than across its beautiful countryside, without all the traffic? They even offer “glamping” as an option.

5. Get Dropped Off and Get Lost

If you’re a fan of remote (and maybe even the TV show Lost), then the option of a deserted island may be the unique vacation you’ve been looking for all along. Docastaway is a travel company that specializes in taking its customers to the most remote corners of the world, where you’ll literally be dropped off and left to get lost in your own tropical paradise. This is the epitome of disconnecting.

6. Hire a Dogsled

Yes, you read that right. Why not give the great Alaskan outdoors a go transported by your very own pack of sled dogs. It may seem at bit strange and weird as a method of transport by today’s standards, but traveling by dogsled has been around for literally longer than a millennium. If it’s stuck around this long, perhaps there’s something to it. Check out EarthSong in Denali to see what kind of travel packages may quench your thirst for adventure.

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Dog Sleds are one of many unique ways to travel.
Photo by EveryDamnNameIsInUse

7. Be Surprised

You might want to go as far as not even having any idea what your destination or activities will be for your next trip. Sound a bit crazy (but also a little exciting)? Well, even Oprah gives her approval, and you can organize your next mystery trip through Magical Mystery Tours – all you’ll have to give them is your budget and dates of availability. The rest arrives in an envelope right before you go. Talk about anticipation!

Public domain photo by Jeremy Levin

Train near station
Public domain photo by Jeremy Levin

8. Get Involved in Your Vacation

Heard of agriturismo travel? These types of vacations offer quests to have a ‘hands-on’ experience where they’re staying – whether that be a farm, vineyard or olive oil producer – your stay in the Italian countryside will feel more like being at home. Most locations even offer you the possibility to eat and drink some of the fruits of your labors, which is always satisfying.

9. Give Back As You Travel

While eco-tourism may be a buzzword, there are actually a growing number of options out there for the voyager who is looking for more than just a sight-seeing adventure. A new platform sponsored by the UN and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations, Travel+SocialGood gives businesses and travelers access to information, conferences, and networks that help you find the best option for lessening your carbon footprint and also giving back as you globe trot around the world.

Public domain photo by Abigail Keenan: unique ways to travel

Portland, Oregon USA
Public domain photo by Abigail Keenan

Nothing is more exciting than the prospect of your next trip. While some of the options for the list may not be your cup of tea, they are definitely not your run-of-the-mill beach vacation. Choose any one and you’re bound to have a unique and one of a kind experience.

What have you tried? Are there other unique ways to travel to add to this list?

About the Author: 

Kacey HeadshotKacey Mya is a lifestyle blogger for “The Drifter Collective.”  Throughout her life, she has found excitement in the world around her.  Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations, cultures, and styles, while communicating these endeavors through her passion for writing and expression. Her love for the world around her is portrayed through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.

This post is linked at Photo Friday, Sunday’s in My City at the Unknown Mami, and Monday Escapes.

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  1. says

    Hubby and I thought about buying a motor-home, but we hate to drive. So it’s boating for us. That’s about it. We don’t see any long trips in our future. We’re just not the see the world like you and your family are. I’ll enjoy your travels from the comfort of my home or boat.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

    • says

      Aww – I understand where you are coming from! Driving can be tough, and for some people it takes awhile to get used to! There is just something about being able to stop and check out the little hot spots along the way that makes me enjoy it!


      — Kacey

  2. says

    I guess I would add to this list house swapping of housesitting as a means to travel to new and exotic locations. Although I haven’t tried it I know people who do this every year for their holidays. Great post.

    • says

      We traveled by train all through Morocco and loved it. We also took an Amtrak train from Seattle to Portland last month. We got off wondering why we don’t spend more time on trains.

  3. says

    Very interesting. I never actually thought there can be so many ways to travel. Getting lost and being surprised are the ones that least appeal to me. I am not a very brave or adventurous person. Instead I am very controlling (LOL). I remember one time when my husband wanted to surprise me with a trip, it was a fiasco. I couldn’t enjoy any part of it as I had no say in the planning. The entire trip I was only concerned with hiding how much I actually disliked it. The worst part was that he spent a great deal of money to give me one of the best possible week-ends of my life!

    • says

      I don’t mind getting lost so much, depending on where we are. For us, those often turn out to be some of our best days. Sorry you couldn’t relax and enjoy. I would love it if my hubby did this for me.

  4. says

    I’ve done traveling by ship, cars or train, but getting transported with the Dogsled is quite unique to me. I saw this kind of transportation on NAT Geo and I wanted to try it too.

  5. says

    I’ve often thought about a train trip from Toronto, Ontario across Canada to Vancouver, British Columbia. I’ve checked on it before but the prices were a little high for us for now. Maybe some day.

    Cruisin Paul

  6. says

    This was an awesome read(: … I like the train seeing the coast to coast… I liked the remote place idea as well, others horse riding, sledge dog riding were interesting as well… (:

  7. Kristi says

    I would love to go on a sleeper train. A cruise is nice too, but I would need to take it easy on the buffets! 🙂

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