Travel Trivia

(Part 1)

If you like to travel chances are you like to learn new things. The world is a fantastic place, and it has plenty of interesting, quirky and fun facts to whet your appetite to explore this crazy planet. Here are 21 fun travel facts to get you started.

Travel makes you happier. Travelers report significant drops in stress levels. Travel has also been reported to decrease the development of heart disease and other types of stress-related conditions. It improves your problem-solving skills and gives you a new appreciation for home. If your boss really cared about you, he would insist you go on vacation…to somewhere warm and sunny.

The United States is the only 1st world country in the world without a legally required paid holiday leave. Every country in the European Union has at least four work weeks of paid vacation…by law! Where do we lobby for that kind of change?

Austria gives employees the most days off. The legal minimum is 22 paid vacation days and 13 paid holidays each year. Austria goes for the win when it comes to time off!

Hong Kong has the highest average IQ at 107. That’s pretty stinking impressive! South Korea is hot on its heels with 106. America is embarrassingly behind.

France is the most visited country in the world with 82.6 million visitors. France slays it when it comes to tourism. The travel and tourism sector contributed nearly 10% of the GDP. Roughly 30% of the revenue generated by tourism is obtained from foreign tourists like you!image.png

France covers the most time zones, with 12. That’s due to its various territories around the world, including the Marquesas, Crozet and Kerguelen Islands. I bet you didn’t even know France has 24 islands.

Tuvalu is the least visited country in the world. With just a whopping 2000 visitors in 2017, the tiny country is among the world’s most secluded places on earth. The postage stamp size country is spread across nine islands and is barely 26 square kilometres. Tuvalu lies north of Fiji halfway between Hawaii and Australia. That explains the lack of tourism. Maybe they need a social media campaign.

Traveling light and need a European getaway? Fly from Miami to Barcelona for under $350 (as of this posting)! Non-Stop. Direct flight. Late January. Finnair. Why fly from Miami to Santa Fe for around the same price when you can go to Spain! Nothing personal Santa Fe.

Canada hosts 60% of the world’s lakes.
It’s pretty neat to know that 9% of the second largest country in the world is under fresh water.  Canada has 31,752 major lakes and nearly 2 million small lakes. That’s 60% of the world’s lakes! I wonder how many of those lakes have had their share of skinny dippers?

Finland has almost 180,000 islands. It’s hard to believe Finland has about 190,000 lakes too and nearly 180,000 islands! It’s Europe’s largest archipelago. As the home of Father Christmas, he has plenty of places to hide his workshop.

Aoulef, Algeria is the driest place on earth. With less than a half an inch of precipitation a year, it’s safe to say Aoulef is parched. Daytime temperatures consistently (an unnecessarily, I might add) hover around 50 °C (122 °F) in summer, and nighttime temperatures routinely cool down to an unsatisfactory 30 °C (86 °F). I need a glass of water just reading about it.image.png

Mongolia is the least densely populated country in the world. The country is roughly 603,909 sq mi (1,564,116 km2), and there are only about 1.9 people per square kilometer. Greenland would win if it were a country and not a territory.

China has over 30 million cave dwellers. The Chinese cave dwellers have no indoor plumbing, and the cost is around $30 a month to rent. Cave dwellings are categorized into three types: cliff caves, independent caves, and underground caves. For fancier digs like a cave with three bedrooms and a bathroom, you might shell out $46,000 to buy.

The most visited city in the world is Bangkok20.5 million visitors made their way to the Thai capital. The Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index predicts Bangkok might host 9.06% more visitors this year.

Italy has a free wine fountain. Make your way to the town of Caldari di Ortona, and find the Dora Sarchese Vineyard fountain. It offers local wine at no cost. what a great way to end a trip…or begin one.

South Africa’s Route 62 is the longest wine route on the planet. The historic inland route between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth connects the east and west coasts of the country. Spring (September to November) or Autumn (March to May) are the best seasons to visit the wine route. Wine tasters will find plenty of places to swirl, sip and savour a glass.image.png

What goes with wine? Chocolate of course! The average Swiss consumes 22 pounds of chocolate a year. My happy place might be on the border of Italy and Switzerland.

Salting your food in Egypt is an insult. It implies that the chef didn’t know what he was doing and you didn’t like it. If you have a trip to Egypt planned, avoid the salt shaker, besides we could all do with a little less sodium.

Monaco could fit inside New York City’s Central Park. The microstate is bordered by France on three sides and the Mediterranean sea on the other. Monaco is the second smallest country after the Vatican.

Check out two tectonic plates crashing into each other in Thingvellir, Iceland. The North American and Eurasian tectonic plates thrust out of the Earth’s surface in a gobsmacking display of beauty. Dive and snorkel between the plates.

The Great Wall of China uses sticky rice in some places. A study at Zhejiang University in China revealed sticky rice was added into the mortar in some areas. The mortar made with sticky rice was stronger than the mortar without. Given the stodginess of sticky rice, it makes sense.image.png

Over 800 language are spoken in Papua New Guinea. More languages are spoken in this country than any other country, making it one of the most culturally diverse countries on the planet.

Stay tuned for part 2! Please like and share this post. Send this to a person you know who sucks at Trivia. This just might up their game.

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