As travelers, we have all experienced claustrophobia, and the worst example of it is perhaps being crammed in a moving vehicle with half the village population of humans, children, livestock, fish and vegetables. It's one thing to experience this aboard a bus or a truck, or even a taxicab full to the gills with people, but ever tried it on a motorbike taxi?
Yes, a motorbike taxi isn't always a ride for two. There’s a joy in it, no doubt, for the inveterate solo wanderer, but for most people in many parts of the world, these undignified modes of public transport are ways of life. They are cheap and often the only option available to them.
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A motorcycle that can carry 10 passengers sounds uncanny but in the Philippines, such two-wheeled vehicles, known as Habal-Habal, routinely carry up to that many passengers along with their baggage. They are most common in remote villages that have rough and narrow roads. The ride is often used by farmers taking their goods to market.
Habal-Habal is a