The Weirdest Travel Practices in the World

With the development of video making and the Internet, people are now exposed to a much wider world of travelling. The art of film making even features some of the world’s worst travel, and that includes some of the world’s weirdest travel practices. Usually, these travel practices hail from the people’s need to travel even from thousands of kilometers from the new civilizations. The basic roots of these weird practices include poverty and poor technology.

Here are some of those.

Train surfing

This activity is considered illegal in many countries. This refers to the unusual way of riding in a train which is very popular in India, Indonesia, and South Africa. Due to extreme poverty in some areas in these countries, people tend to hitch on a train while in motion to save on a ticket cost. Hence, the government declared illegality of such act that claims thousands of lives and injured more. Nonetheless, train surfing is still a continuing common practice amongst Indonesians and Indians nowadays.

Some other reasons that the government cannot accept is the idea of fun and pleasure that other people associate with it. It is a bit weird for these people to do this activity for the thrilling experience it gives, not because they cannot pay. In connection with this careless attitude, train surfing has become one of the most serious issues in the travel industry.


Basically the same activity as that of the train surfing, frieghthopping is a very unusual hitching activity common in North America and was at its utmost popularity following the American Civil War. This becomes traditional for some people to ride on a moving railroad freight car pushing towards any destination as they can’t afford to pay the ticket when riding on public transport. Just like train surfing, all through out the United States, freighthopping is strictly forbidden. It is best known these days as “catching out” or “Hopping out”.


This transport practice which is very common in the Philippines features an ordinary motorcycle designed for one and two passengers modified to carry in a maximum of thirteen passengers. The motorcycle driver accommodates two persons before him and four others behind. With its modified winged side, it carries two to three passengers in both sides. After the passengers are carefully arranged, the habal-habal usually treks on rough and narrow terrains that jeepneys and other cars cannot stand through.

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