More Than One Way to Get Around

26.May 2013

Our Journey

One of the nice things about having time while we travel slowly, is to have more options for getting from A to B. Some countries like our home, Canada, are so large and sparsely populated, that human powered travel is a serious undertaking. While places that are smaller with more people allow for the option to contemplate walking holidays. Understandably, this isn’t for everyone but there are many places where the walk is the point of classic journeys such as the Camino de Santiago in Spain or the 88 Temple Pilgrimage in Japan.

When we start thinking about travelling in Africa these slower forms of travel become a necessity. Being a necessity doesn’t make it a hardship. It is just an opportunity to travel slow. Sometimes there just isn’t another way to get where you want to go even if it is a short time. For a trekking holiday, Kilimanjaro is a good example of there, only one way to get to the top. As with all mountaineering, using our own two feet is the way to go.

Photo Credit: eir@si

Africa being Africa means that walking isn’t a good option for everything. Walking in a game park for a safari of the big animals is a quick way to make yourself into a nice afternoon snack. This is unlikely to be the holiday story you want your friends to be telling. In general, being the subject of an evening news story of stupidity is not a good way for people to remember you.

Other human powered travel ideas we have thrown around lately have included, cycling in Thailand, particularly the north east where the terrain is more rolling than hilly. We had met a couple that were doing just that as we bussed through. The area meets all of the criteria perfectly. Guest houses are common, restaurants are so frequent making a choice will take more time than finding them and roads are in reasonable condition. It is also a country where the car and truck drivers are use to seeing cyclists.

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