Forget the planes, the trains and the automobiles. Sure, they're perfectly acceptable ways to get around. They're convenient. They're simple. In many cases they're unavoidable. However, if you have a passion for transport plus a thirst for adventure, there are far more interesting ways to get around the world. These are forms of transport that are often unique to their country of origin, and a ride on them is as much a part of the travel experience as any market or museum, any hotel or bar. They turn the act of travel into an adventure, into the sort of thing you'll write home and tell your friends about, the sort of thing you'll seriously miss by the time you get home.
1) Cable car, Bolivia (above) - Cable cars are no longer purely the domain of fur-clad European ski bunnies. In South American cities such as Medellin in Colombia, and La Paz in Bolivia, cable cars have become vital public transport, whisking commuters and tourists over the top of chaotic streets to get them to their destinations safely and quickly. It's a brilliant idea that's sure to spread, and it not only makes for a convenient way to get to your destination, but provides beautiful views as well.
2) Hovercraft, England - Much like the Concorde or the lunar rocket, the hovercraft is a fairly old form of transport that still seems like it's from the distant future. I'm still not really sure how these things work – something to do with a pillow of air that makes large marine vessels skim across the surface of the water. Though they were hugely popular in the 1960s and '70s, there's only one commercial hovercraft service left these days, running from Portsmouth in southern England to the Isle of Wight. Get it while you still can.