A balloon high above a surface rover tethered to a drag-chute just below has enough energy from the wind to pull a rover on Mars for hundreds of kilometers. All the semi-autonomous rovers sent to Mars planned for the future are restricted by the places they can land, by the terrain they can climb, by the slope of the surface, by the obstacles they may encounter and in the amount of space they can travel in. Yet simply by using the wind to sail across its surface a rover on Mars can go where no rovers could ever go before and much further than can be imagined. Some terrestrial tests on this new device we call the Martian Windsurfer were performed by using several different methods listed below. By tapping into the wind energy by using the natural force from the wind on the atmospheric-rich worlds of Mars, Venus and Titan we can sail across its surface with minimal amount of resources and cost.
The wind in the thin Martian atmosphere is dense enough to push a Martian Windsurfer, thereby driving a rover on its surface, for hundreds of kilometers.
See original paper: Using Wind Energy to Pull a Surface Rover on Mars, or Titan