Travel Trivia

(Part 2)

If read part one, you probably learned a few things. As promised here is part 2 of Travel Fun Facts with 24 more tidbits to enjoy.

The Isle of Sark is a car-free, street-lamp free island. The tiny island between England and France is made up of 500 residents.

The longest non-stop flight in the world is from Singapore to Newark, New Jersey. 19 hours later someone is going to get some frequent flyer miles.

The shortest airline flight available for purchase lasts two minutes. Fly from the Scottish island of Westray to Papa Westray in less time than it takes you to order food at a drive-through.

Jet lag feels worse traveling from west to east. Traveling from west to east makes the day shorter while traveling from east to west makes the day longer and therefore easier for the brain to adapt.

Norway has a town called Å. Yep, just Å. Until the 1990s, Å was mainly a small fishing village specializing in stockfish. Now it’s found it’s way into tourism.

Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta is the world’s busiest airport. Over a million passengers a year make their way through those terminals.

1/3 of the world’s airports are located in the United States. We have 19,655 including private and military airports. That’s a lot of baggage handlers.

The type of vacation you choose depends on your personality type. Introverts, are more likely to choose a quiet mountain retreat, while extroverts would opt for beach getaway.

Plan ahead for Valentine’s Day. Propose in Eternal City… Rome! Fly Newark to Rome for under $290/pp (as of this posting). United. Non-Stop. Beats going to Vegas! Nothing personal Vegas, but who wouldn’t rather get engaged in Rome, Italy?

At any given moment there’s an average of 9,728 planes — carrying 1,270,406 people — in the sky. That’s like having the population of Calgary, Canada in the air at one time.

Russia’s Izmailovo Hotel is the largest hotel in the world. It can accommodate over 7,500 guests. Well now we know who can host a world Comic-Com.

Honolulu, Oahu is the only place in the United States that has a royal palace. The Iolani Palace was the official residence of King Kalakaua and his sister Queen Lili’uokalani. After the Kingdom of Hawai’i was overthrown in 1893, the building was used as the capitol for the following Hawaiian governments.

Las Vegas, Nevada leads the world in the most hotel rooms of any city, anywhere. Without including the new hotel properties, Vegas has over 151,000 guest rooms, almost double the count of those in New York City.

India is the most diverse country in the world. It has 22 officially recognized languages and more than 2,000 dialects. India hosts the second highest population in the world, after China. It’s sub-continent is not inhabited by a single ethnicity, but migrations  by people from all over the world.

The San Alfonso del Mar resort in Chile has a pool so large you can kayak on it. The world’s largest swimming pool holds 66 million gallons of water and is about 3/5th of a mile long.

56.9% of Niger is under 18 and the average woman in Niger has around 8 children. 

San Marino has more cars in its country than people (because it’s a tax haven). It’s also had more female heads of state than any other country.

Naples and New York are about the same latitude. That’s roughly 100 km further south than Rome.

The surface area of Pluto is about the same surface area as Russia.

Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques (or SITA) found that 21.6 million bags were mishandled (lost) in 2016.  That means 5.73 bags per 1,000 passengers goes AWOL.

All of China operates on Beijing time, even though the country covers five time zones. The Communist Party’s thought it would enhance “national unity.” Imagine how confusing that must be. 

The North Pole isn’t actually on land, it’s ice on top of the sea. That’s probably why the official home of Father Christmas is in Finland.

The distance from the earth to the moon is about 350, 016 km. The world’s coastline is about the same length. 

Ganvie, Benin, Africa is a city built entirely on stilts. The Tofinu settlement makes its home in the middle of the lake. Over 30,000 residents and 3,000 buildings including a post office, a bank, a hospital, a church, and a mosque are perched on stilts. That’s a lot of canoes in the water getting from place to place.

It is estimated that every minute 64,640 selfies are taken around the world. In 2015, more people died from taking selfies than from shark attacks. I still haven’t mastered the selfie!

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