Great journeys – as chosen by you
A bus ride through the Ladakh Range, India
Whether you love travelling by planes, trains or automobiles, we all have fond memories of at least one particular journey from our travels. We asked you to tell us the best journeys you’ve ever completed, so here are a few of your rather impressive adventures. Intrepid traveller @ukirsariabroad took an overnight bus from Manali to Leh in India, a beautiful mountainous journey through the stunning Ladakh Range.
Cycling through South America
An incredible continent no matter how you travel, South America is as diverse as it gets. Lucky Lynne Roberts (@oops_herewego on Twitter) cycled across the continent, as well as Central America and southeast Asia, for two years with her husband.
Exploring the Amazon by boat, Brazil
There may be no better way to experience the Amazon than by floating down its waters, surrounded by mysterious jungles on each side. Our Twitter follower @nphorton spent four days on an Amazon riverboat, “sleeping in hammocks and watching storms”.
Walking in the Mongolian Gobi Desert
Certainly not the fastest way to traverse the Gobi Desert, but probably one of the bravest. We’re rather impressed by Twitter follower @FarazShibli’s 1600km trek across this vast Mongolian landscape.
Sailing to the Corn Islands from Nicaragua
Sitting 80km off the Nicaraguan coast, it’s a long, three-day sail across the Caribbean Sea to the idyllic Corn Islands. Rough Guides reader Bee Barker shared her sea-faring journey with a boat full of pigs – most likely made worth it by the sight of bright, white sand beaches upon approaching the islands.
Driving mopeds from Vietnam to Cambodia
It takes a certain level of fearlessness (or perhaps it’s stupidity) to brave the Vietnamese roads on a moped: around 14,000 die each year as a result of traffic collisions. However, a few of our followers have taken to the tarmac on two wheels for the most exhilarating journey of their lives – and lived to tell the tale.
Driving from Las Vegas to New York City, USA
There are so many routes you can choose to travel from Vegas to the Big Apple, taking in Monument Valley in Arizona, the snow-topped mountains of Utah, or the urban jungle of Chicago. Rough Guides reader Josephine Turner said it was one of the best journeys she’s ever taken, and gave this advice: “Lesson learned: if stopped by police don’t get out of car!” It sounds like there’s a story to tell there…
Trundling through Sri Lanka’s Hill Country
As @allyrambles said on Twitter: “Eight hours on a train trundling up into Sri Lanka’s tea plantations is pretty special!” There is no better way to escape the humid city of Colombo than taking this train up to Kandy or Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka’s lush northern Hill Country.
Taking the train from Nairobi to Mombasa, Kenya
A rather indecisive Twitter follower named the Nairobi-Mombasa railway (among others) as one of their favourite journeys. Stay in a First Class sleeper for less than £40 (US$65) and enjoy a three-course dinner and drinks as you pass through Tsavo West National Park, in hope of spotting one of the big five along the way.
Exploring India’s Golden Triangle
A favourite among many of our followers, the journey around the Golden Triangle in India takes in some of the country’s most impressive sights by bus or train. Enjoy the chaos of Old Delhi before moving onto explore Jaipur’s stunning Amer Fort, and then bask in the glorious bright, white marble of the Taj Mahal in Agra.
Taking the Trans-Siberian Railway, Russia
Over 6000 miles, from Moscow to far-eastern Russia, and passing through some beautiful scenery and remote towns and villages, the Trans Siberian Railway is the journey of a lifetime according to our Twitter followers.
Driving along the Icefields Parkway, Canada
Winding its way through two national parks, the Icefields Parkway in the Canadian Rocky Mountains was a highlight for many of our readers. It’s essentially 232km of snow-topped peak and pine eye candy.
Riding the Rocky Mountaineer, Canada
Foregoing the driver’s seat, one Twitter follower opted to see the Rocky Mountains on one of the country’s most popular attractions: the Rocky Mountaineer. The railway passes through the mountains, and as you sit on the top deck you can enjoy panoramic views of the beautiful landscapes whizzing past thanks to the glass roof.
Climbing Machu Picchu, Peru
A trek through history, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a tough and challenging hike, but worth it according to our readers, who were bowled over by the stunning views of this ancient civilisation.
Cycling along the Danube, Europe
From its source in Germany to Black Sea in Romania, the Danube Cycle Path was top choice for @bringurownball on Twitter. It gets busy in the summer months, but the beautiful surroundings you’ll pass in Austria, Hungary and Serbia make up for any two-wheeled congestion.