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.
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.
All of us, one way or another, strive for freedom, personal or national, material or spiritual, which is illusory and unachievable, and at the same time very real in terms of our ideas about it. An alternative village of Christiania in the centre of the Danish capital is another attempt to achieve complete freedom from the laws of the material world.
Today we are inviting you for a walk in the oldest neighbourhood in the city of Lisbon, the famous Alfama, an emblematic quarter we often see in the movies and works of popular culture when it comes to the Portuguese capital. Founded by the Moors in the eighth century, the most genuine neighbourhood Alfama blows visitors away immediately with its picturesque labyrinth of narrow streets...
Do you happen to get hungry? That is great as we go on with our story about the most popular street food from around the world. It’s freshly cooked - fall to, you guys! Let's start with the South Asian countries, namely Singapore - seafood-rich in vitamins and minerals occupy a key place in the diet of residents ...
If all the magnificent Istanbul is considered as the heart of regional trade, one of its most luxurious streets, Bagdad Avenue, is, certainly, the main artery. Having appeared there, even rejecting shopping with the whole heart, one feels hardship while trying to keep him balanced and not succumb to temptation to go to the ships and markets. Even though, apart from that, there is something to do here.
Lisbon is one of the most beautiful and ancient cities in Europe, however, its territory is difficult for living and building due to its steep hilly terrain. Portuguese metropolis is situated on seven densely populated hills. That's why its hallmark is three funicular railroads and the elevator, without which tourists and residents would be much in trouble moving around the city.
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.
One of the smallest capitals of the world – Malé – offers to have a look at the country’s, not 5-star hotel’s, places of interest and to get closer to life of ordinary Maldivians, not people from a room next door. First association that comes to mind at the mention of the Maldives is something azure and pastoral.
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.
Once upon the time, Pygmy peoples lived on the west coast of Africa. They did not have any conflicts with anyone. When they were hungry, they went hunting, picked up nuts and bananas. Then the Mpongwé and the Fang tribes came. After them, the Portuguese arrived and named these lands Gabon. They were followed by the French who acquired the land and declared it as their colony.
If what they show in cinematograph is true than a typical samurai appears to be austere, taciturn and even slightly unsociable person. But this image in actual fact doesn’t get in line with reality... You don’t believe it? Our journalist Elena Rasenko suggests you make sure of it for yourself.
Elena Rasenko has visited Armenia and shares with readers the original charm of the country in which one really wants to stay. Armenians treat their national treasure - khachkars - very reverently and respectfully. These are processed and refined cross stones with a unique ornate pattern. So OUTLOOK proceeds with its story about Armenia.
For many tourists France is mainly Paris with long queues to the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, as well as neighbouring sights with royal chic, or Mediterranean resorts. But OUTLOOK author while travelling through the country decided to go to the north, to Normandy! Our readers are welcome to read series of travel essays about a journey to the Atlantic Ocean by Kornei Gritsyuk...
Profession of a chimney-sweep has recently entered the list of the most rear occupations in the world. And as far back as some hundred years ago almost every European citizen was able to tell a lot of interesting things about these guys doomed to be covered in smear. We didn’t invent a time machine but we managed to get some facts about representatives of this vanishing trade.
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.
It is just as hard to imagine a Japanese who doesn’t eat fish as to picture a Scott who doesn’t drink whiskey. OUTLOOK journalist Elena Rasenko will tell you about a unique place where successors of samurai purchase fine seafood for their tables.
Incheon is considered to be sea and air gateway to South Korea since it has one of the country's largest seaports and the most spacious, world-class airport in the region. The city is growing rapidly: within just a hundred years it developed from a modest port settlement to an ultramodern industrial and tourist hub.
In already distant year 1920 authorities of the United States adopted a surprising regulation: prohibition to.... send children by mail. Such a decision may seem weird in 21st century however almost a hundred years ago it was treated with understanding which means that there were caring parents who did send their kids in packages... We talk about amusing accidents that occur in work of post services.
Green slopes covered with heather moorland, deserted suburban roads, narrow streets with small cottages and gardens emitting heady fragrance - it seems that British villages are unchangeable through the passage of time. Like stilled scenery for heroic fantasy fiction, each of them has its own story about great battles, brave warriors and legendary artefacts.
I was heading to this Caucasian state all by myself to completely strange people. Prior to the trip all my friends and relatives warned me more than a dozen times about harsh temper of the hillmen and painted a vivid picture of what kind of difficulties were expecting me, a young woman travelling alone.