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The Coolest New Developments in Alternative Transportation

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 26 October 2011

Scientists have sounded a clear and very loud warning: climate change is a reality. With the transportation industry as one of the biggest sources of global warming–inducing CO2 emissions, what will it take to build a more sustainable transportation industry that is less dependent on fossil fuels? Looking ahead into this brave new world of alternative transport, we bring to you some of the better (but also weirder and wilder) ideas and conveyances of the future.

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Where the Grass Is Always Greener: Green Path Transfers

  • Yolanda Clatworthy
  • 14 October 2011

My recent Ultimate Triptrotting Adventures featured a lot of hopping from city to city, which meant a lot of time spent on planes and in airports. Luckily for me, I got to use an innovative service known as Green Path Transfers, a global network of local eco-friendly airport transfer partners and ground transportation operators that transformed airport-city travel into something I anticipated rather than dreaded.

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Green Path Transfers Speeds Past 100

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 8 October 2011

Not too long ago, we reported that Green Path Transfers, the WHL Group’s global, eco-friendly airport transfer and ground transportation network, had notched up 50 destinations in more than 30 countries. Well, the pace hasn’t lifted. Not long after saluting its six-month anniversary, Green Path Transfers took brief note of its 100th destination and then plunged tirelessly onward.

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In Motion: Local Transport from Around the World

  • WHL Group
  • 5 October 2011

We believe that the different forms of local transport are unique qualities of a place that, when experienced, are a vital part of a local travel experience. To know a place is to get around it the way local people do: cramming yourself into a chicken bus in South America, throwing caution to the wind in a tuk-tuk in Southeast Asia or boarding a ferry in Africa. We’re sure you will find these rides to be a brilliant bonding experience with locals.

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Tuk-Tuk Truths from Bangkok, Thailand

  • whl.travel
  • 3 October 2011

One of the many knots you have to untangle in Bangkok transport is taxis: You’ll see a variety of options zipping down the road, including regular-vehicle taxis, motorbike taxis and the iconic tuk-tuks (three-wheeled motor carriages) with their ‘taxi’ signs all lit up. To help you with that, you can now arm yourself with some little-known truths about taxis and tuk-tuks in Bangkok.

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Villages and Volunteers in Ghana Connect on Bamboo Bikes

  • Marian Thompson
  • 28 September 2011

In Kumasi, Ghana, Bamboo Bikes Limited has blossomed from small-scale experimental beginnings into a large-scale producer of just what’s needed: bikes made out of bamboo. The Student and Youth Travel Organization supports its work and uses this local producer to supply what it needs for locals and volunteers headed places that are all but inaccessible by public transport.

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Top Five Rickshaws YOU Can Drive

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 26 September 2011

Imagine if you could tell about actually getting to drive a rickshaw. Yes, today it is possible to get your hands on the steering bar of this ever-popular mode of transport. In which case it’s game over: Your tale would triumph, hands down. Get ready to tell the best stories about your time as a rickshaw pilot, because we’ve found the top five rickshaws that you are actually allowed to drive.

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Green Travel in India Is Easy with SS Travels

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 21 September 2011

When faced with the vast distances to cover in India and so many worthwhile places to explore, however, you may find that planning travel in India can be overwhelming. Fortunately, one local company can take all the hassle out of getting around in India – helping travellers arrange transport that is comfortable and worry-free. Now they can do it in an environmentally responsible manner as well.

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A New Approach to Public Transport in Barcelona, Spain: Bicing Bicycles!

  • Christian Petzold
  • 19 September 2011

Like many cities all over the world, Barcelona is investing heavily in a public bicycle-sharing system. Called Bicing, it was inaugurated in 2007. Since then, it has won several awards and become an integral part of Barcelona’s public transport. Today’s 6,000 Bicing bikes are used for 100,000 daily trips, which represents a huge savings of carbon dioxide and other emissions what contrasted with that of motorised transport.

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Green Travel in Lithuania with The Beautiful Land of Nevermind

  • Kamran Marwah
  • 14 September 2011

In Lithuania, the cities of Vilnius and Klaipeda are different in many ways, but they share one important goal with respect to the environment: Today, travellers can tread lightly when it comes to the impact of ground transportation. Thanks to The Beautiful Land of Nevermind and its responsible transfer services, corporate and leisure travellers can make eco-friendly transportation choices when visiting this beautiful country.

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