OUTLOOK cannot imagine life without travelling. However, tickets, schedules, tardiness – all those things can spoil any trip. Therefore it is great to have either at home or in you garage a kind of transport that can allow you to see and to experience something new and forget all the problems.
It’s been a couple of months that I stare at legendary Volkswagen T1 – hippies’ favorite minibus. I hope one day not to see it parked in a yard in Obolon (district of Kyiv) because it will be crisscrossing at least Ukraine. To travel in this kind of Volks to the sounds of the 70s hits is probably like getting into a time machine.Photo wallpaperscraft.ru
And time itself never stops. Modern designers create transport that makes you feel like abandoning all the business and go up hill and down dale. Take, for instance, an item elaborated by Ruben Oya. His Go!Bus Double Decker is like a dance floor on four wheels. For those who have had enough of dancing there are rest rooms, kitchen and areas for sunbathing. Very soon this miracle will appear of the roads of Japan to most likely gain popularity among present-day youngsters. Photo sustainable-bus.com
If you are a loner or just want to spend some time alone with yourself at least while travelling, pay attention to Bufalino Piaggio Ape 50. This three-wheeled home is environment-friendly, no high-maintenance and comfortable for long-term journeys. Storage, fridge, kitchen and sink – everything is there. You know what they say: why pay more and stay at a hotel? Photo auto.everyeye.it
Better spend money you can save to go to Cuba because local craftsmen work miracles and create uncommon means of transport to conquer new locations: for instance, Jose Sarmniento and his 1957 Messerschmitt KR200. Upon having a ride in it along the streets of Havana you will probably also notice the famous cab that tourists dream of taking. Limo made of Soviet Zhiguli will take you to any spot on the Island of Freedom and won’t break down so let’s safe a phrase “devil drives Lada” (it is common in Moscow) for the reality of CIS-countries.Photo ruotevecchie.org
Let’s change for a motor bike. Among “steel horses” there are ones worth seeing; the only thing is some of these “horses” aren’t made of steel. Hungarian globetrotter Istvan Puskas traveled around the whole Europe on his wooden bike. We wonder if his biker jacket is unusual, too –woolen, maybe?Photofactologia.net
And this Italian scooter Lambretta was destined to end up in London. At a local motorcycle club a carriage in the shape of good old Volkswagen T1 was attached to it. Local hippies may prefer motor bikes but still keep classics in mind; even more so because such “appendix” can come in handy on a trip.Photo motonews.ru
As we can see, people are capable of many things not to get distracted by problems while travelling. Every year in various spots of the globe some sort of unique transport is created, the one that is able not only to give freedom of relocation but also add pleasure to the process. If you still queue at railway stations justifying it by lack of own wheels of some sort, you sure need to watch David Lynch’s Straight Story. A film based on a true story of a pensioner who covered hundreds of miles on a… grass-cutter is bound to inspire you to set on an uncommon journey.
Ancient Fez medina is firmly holding time in a criss-crossing maze of tiny alleyways and picturesque shops. The medieval town of craftsmen does not recognize modern technology, however, it is not difficult to trace a full production of cute handbag with embossed lettering. The leather for souvenir is produced there, in courtyards, and at a reasonable cost a tannery owner would reveal details of folk art with a millennial history.
Kyrgyzstan is called Middle Asian Switzerland. Mountains, rivers, waterfalls, caves, cols and green meadows aren’t a speck inferior in terms of aesthetics to European ones yet travelers haven't duly appreciated this country so far. Across-the-board exploration of the land by the state’s guests has only just begun. And alongside hotels that are being swiftly erected, ordinary yurts are still offered for residence to feel local natural.
Six million years ago, in faraway Mongolia a deep crater of an extinct volcano was gradually filled to the brims with water, turning into a wonderful lake. Water ran high with gusts of wind, and sparkled in the sun like precious jewel, so no wonder that along with the official name of Hövsgöl Lake, this nature wonder has a more poetic name of the Dark Blue Pearl.
Finally, one of our favorite categories reached the city, where dollars are considered as the main currency. Thus, we will not have to go around exchange offices and constantly convert prices. So, we go to such a different and exciting New York to spend our 10 dollars.
A function of UNESCO World Heritage Committee is to work in the most careful manner year after year on studying objects that constitute outstanding culture civilizations and are unique in their origins. Under number 569 of an impressive list of the organization city of Gjirokastër, the one from the south of Albania, is located – it is it we are going to study today through the length and breadth.
Marina Orlova is a project manager in a cultural and public organization. Working on one of her international projects, she met her love - Wim, a guy from Belgium. She succeeded to visit his country only when Ukraine obtained visa-free regime and Marina shared with OUTLOOK her observations about how the Belgians live, what they eat for breakfast and how they relax.
Iceland is a ‘country of ice and fire’, ‘country of thousand rivers and lakes’, countless waterfalls and geysers. There, like in a fairy tale, again and again, you feel like pinching yourself to check if you are dreaming or does it all really exist…
The first thing every tourist shall learn in a country is a transport system. Very often it seems to be complicated and confusing, and it takes weeks or even months to make head or tail of it. OUTLOOK reader Natalia Usenko visited Japan and is sharing her impressions about the most comfortable and safest transport in the world.
Impressions of this city depend much on what you have visited before being introduced to it. After Los Angeles it may seem very business-like and culturally rich, after New York – provincial and old-fashioned somehow. In any case, it has a bright and memorable face of a gentleman from Massachusetts.
Someone compares Jaipur with lace tablecloth; others with a box of pink marshmallows; and some admirers claim this is a hive densely inhabited by bees. However, everyone agrees on one thing: there is the wonderful air full of freedom which cannot be found in Europe. It fills the lungs and breathing it a traveller loses count of hours and even centuries.
A mini toast, a slice of cheese and a sip of strong coffee. "That is not a buffet!" a waiter will pronounce indignantly, looking at the disgruntled tourist’s face. The generous Ukrainian soul cannot understand how locals manage to eat their full with that. Therefore, before going to a new country, you need to know exactly whether in the evening you should prepare a couple of sandwiches to indulge them in the morning,...
Next ‘character’ of our cycle about symbolic means of public transport is yellow cab of New York. It is impossible to imagine the Big Apple and especially its centre, Manhattan, without those bright and incredibly handy cars. Seemingly, there are more “checkers” than people.
In the world there is an unusual place where the biggest number of twins are born. Although at first glance it looks like a mystical coincidence, statistics makes you believe in miracles. The Indian state of Kerala can boast of a village where unusual things happen. Kodhini is the place with more twins than anywhere else in the world. Actually, there is almost no explanation for this.
To visit three countries over one day – it is possible if you are in Aachen. Situated amid Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, small student town took in features of medieval culture that reflected in its astonishing architecture. Yelena Buravtsova visited the town for it to win her heart with its off-beat monuments, streets paved with stone blocks, cozy cafés, one of a kind printed spice cake, museums and spectacular races.
Experienced travelers tell that one could watch the ruins of ancient settlements in the Andes during several months, moving from one region to another. Particularly, the richest one in archaeological complexes of is the western coast of the Southern continent. A long time ago, some of them, such as Machu Picchu, have become popular with tourists, others are just beginning to open their doors to curious people.
When moving to a new country, more often than not people tend to get settled nearby emigrants like themselves. It is pretty convenient: accommodation isn’t expensive, job can be found right on the location and there is no need to study a new language – everyone around understands you. This is how national ghettos appear.
Judging by the reviews of the majority of tourists who visited Istanbul, many of them did not reach Asian part of the main Turkish metropolis, or did not have a proper walk there. The best case, they just saw SabihaGökçen International Airport and ferry docks, a destination of leisure cruses from Europe, where on the way one can feed with bread seagulls swooping overhead.
Prague... It is romantic, decadent, sad and cheerful, sublime and spiritual, reflected in the flapping wings of well-fed seagulls on the Charles Bridge, in the mirror pools of Vltava River... Prague is a very attractive and slightly strange European city. Creative copywriter Masha Goldman once spent several days there and told us about Prague charms.