25 surprising travel facts that’ll make you see the world in a whole new light

Jack Palfrey

Apr 2, 2020 • 8 min read

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Travel: we sort of know all about it, right? Wrong. Scratch beneath the surface and it turns out we know nothing of this world. Do you know how long the world’s shortest commercial flight lasts, for example? (clue: shorter than the time it takes to boil an egg.) How about which country has no rivers? Or what unconventional pizza topping is popular in Sweden ?

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With international travel currently off the table, why not use this time to swat up on surprising travel trivia, offering a few precious minutes of sweet relief from the constant news cycle and providing some fun facts to fill awkward pauses during video calls with friends and family; trust us, nothing plugs a silence better than a stat about how many steps from the nearest trash bin you are in Disneyland at all times.

Without further ado, here’s 25 travel facts that are certain to shock and surprise.

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Trains, planes and automobiles...

1. The world’s longest commercial flight took around 30 hours.

The so-called ‘Double Sunrise’ service by Qantas, which ran from Australia to Sri Lanka from 1943-45, often lasted over 30 hours, with passengers seeing the sunrise twice. Today the longest commercial flight is the Singapore Airlines Singapore to New York route, with an average journey time of 17 hours and 50 minutes.

2. The shortest commercial flight takes less than two minutes.

Incredibly, the shortest commercial flight, operating between the neighbouring islands of Westray and Papa Westray in Scotland ’s Orkney islands , takes around one and a half minutes. With the fastest recorded flight taking less than 50 seconds.

3. Japanese railways hand out ‘certificates’ for delays of more than five minutes.

Japanese trains, reputedly the most punctual in the world, issue passengers with a ‘delay certificate’ if a train is running more than five minutes behind schedule. The documents can be shown to bosses or teachers to explain a passenger’s lateness. Delay certificates are also issued on some trains in Germany and in Paris .

4. The most expensive airport to city taxi ride costs around £190.

Any budget traveller worth their salt attempts to avoid airport taxis at all costs, but anyone keeping an eye on their finances should certainly avoid jumping in a cab from Tokyo ’s Narita Airport. According to a study by Moneycorp (a currency exchange company), the ride is the most expensive airport-to-city transfer in the world, costing an average of £191/$235 one way.

5. India’s trains transport roughly 23 million passengers each day.

That’s the entire population of Australia . Additionally, if laid out in a single line, the tracks from India’s railway network could circle the world one and a half times.

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6. Saudi Arabia has no rivers.

The country in the Arabian peninsula has no permanent rivers. It is one of the 17 countries in the world without a single river flowing through it.

7. In Ethiopia the current year is 2013.

Ethiopia maintains its own calendar, which, due to a difference in the perceived date of the Annunciation (the proclamation of the birth of Christ), is seven to eight years behind the Gregorian calendar (which is used as standard across most of the world). In Ethiopia the new year also begins on either August 29 or August 30.

8. It is the same time at both ends of China.

Despite spanning five geographical time zones, China only has one set time, which is observed throughout the country. China Standard Time is UTC+8.

9. The UK has the world’s longest country name.

The UK ’s official title of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland makes it the longest recognised country name in the world.

10. Alaska is both the westernmost and easternmost state in the USA.

Alaska ’s Aleutian Islands are actually located west of the 180th Meridian (the line that divides the eastern and western hemisphere), making it the only US state to be partly located in the eastern hemisphere.

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Foodie facts...

11. The most ordered meal on Deliveroo, a leading takeout app, in 2019 was a Hawaiian dish of raw fish. 

Of all the restaurants served by the app, which operates in over 200 cities around the world, the most ordered meal was the Poké Signature Super Protéiné – a Hawaiian dish with raw fish as the core ingredient – from restaurant Pokawa in the city of Paris . Less exotic, a humble cheeseburger from the London branch of chain restaurant Five Guys was the second most ordered dish on the app.

12. Russia only classified beer as an alcoholic drink in 2011

Remarkably before then any drink with less than 10% alcohol was considered a ‘foodstuff’.

13. Pilots and co-pilots do not eat the same meal before a flight.

As part of standard convention, pilots and co-pilots do not eat the same food before a flight in case of food poisoning (or worse). If one of the pilots is incapacitated (unable to leave the bathroom) then the other pilot can take over.

14. Banana is a popular pizza topping in Sweden.

Often paired with curry powder believe it or not.

15. Instant noodles topped a Japanese poll of the country’s greatest inventions of the 20th century.

In the poll, conducted in the year 2000 by Fuji Research Institute, respondents placed instant noodles at the top of the list, followed by karaoke in second place. Incidentally karaoke translates from Japanese into English as ‘empty orchestra’.

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Lesser-known aspects of famous landmarks...

16. Despite what people say, the Great Wall of China is not visible from space.

Even from low Earth orbit the structure requires magnification to be seen by the human eye.

17. The Eiffel Tower was initially greatly disliked by the Parisian art community upon opening.

The iconic tower was labelled as ‘monstrous’ and ‘ridiculous’ after it was unveiled to the world. It’s even claimed that contemporary writer Guy de Maupassant disliked the structure so much that he ate lunch in the tower every day because it was the only place in Paris where the landmark was not visible. 

18. The scenic Great Ocean Road, that sweeps along the coast of Victoria, Australia, is actually a war memorial.

Built by soldiers and dedicated to those who lost their lives in WWI, the road serves as the largest war memorial in the world.

19. Sudan has more ancient pyramids than Egypt.

Sources vary, but Sudan is claimed to be home to around 250 pyramid structures, that were built by the rulers of the ancient Kushite kingdoms between 2500BC to 300AD. Egypt is thought to have just over 100 pyramids. 

20. The minarets of the Taj Mahal lean outwards slightly.

This was done deliberately to ensure that if the structure collapsed the minarets would fall away from the central tomb, and not destroy it. It’s also true that a team of 20,000 artisans and craftsmen built the iconic structure, but the popular story about them all being amputated by Shah Jahan, the ruler who commissioned it, upon completion (so they’d never build anything as beautiful), is most likely a myth.

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21. There are currently 320,000 people learning ‘Klingon’ (the fictional language featured in television show Star Trek ) on language app Duolingo.

English is the most popular language on the app, with 34 million people undertaking lessons since the beginning of 2020. 

22. On the island of Yap, a state of Micronesia, rocks are used as currency.

Each rock’s worth is based on its size and its history (where it came from). Though US dollars have now started to be used for everyday purchases on the island, rocks are still used for ceremonial transactions (during weddings, for example). Yap also uses turmeric, shells and cloth as official currency.

23. If it was as densely populated as New York City, the entire world's population could fit into the US state of Texas.

We wouldn’t have all that much room, but, with the rest of the planet uninhabited, there’d be plenty of places to go to escape the crowds.

24. You’re never more than 30 steps away from a trash can in Disneyland.

The story goes that Walt Disney used to observe visitors in the park and see how many steps they took before littering, as a result a litter bin is never more than 30 steps away in any Disney park. Another of Walt’s lesser-known Disneyland additions was the creation of a secret bar hidden inside the – then otherwise 'dry' – park, which he used to entertain personal guests and sponsors. The speakeasy-style venue, located behind a large door in the New Orleans Square section of the park, now runs as a private members club with an annual membership fee of $10,000. 

25. You don't need to wait an hour after eating before you can swim safely.

Despite what your mother always told you, there is no medical data that suggests you can’t swim on a full stomach. It can, however, feel uncomfortable, and potentially lead to a feeling of nausea, so it’s best to take a short pause after polishing off your sandwich before you go crashing into the surf.

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50 Travel Fun Facts Every Travel Enthusiast Should Know

Are you an avid traveler? Do you have a passion for exploring new destinations and uncovering the hidden secrets of the world? If so, then this post is perfect for you! We’re about to share some incredible fun facts that will both surprise and inspire any travel enthusiast. From natural phenomena to historic sites, we’ll take a look at surprises from all over the globe – things that even those with years of travel experience may not know about. Take your knowledge up a notch with 50 fascinating Fun Facts every Travel Enthusiast should know!

The Great Barrier Reef in Australia

The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is an awe-inspiring wonder of our natural world. This magnificent coral reef system is the largest of its kind on Earth, spanning over 1400 miles along the northeast coast of Australia. The Great Barrier Reef is home to a vast array of marine life, making it the perfect spot for snorkeling, diving, and exploring all the incredible underwater treasures. Did you know that the Great Barrier Reef even has its airport on Hamilton Island? Imagine flying in and immediately being transported to a world filled with shimmering turquoise waters and rainbow-hued creatures. As a fun fact, the Great Barrier Reef is so massive it can be seen from outer space – how incredible is that? If you're looking for an unforgettable travel destination, the Great Barrier Reef should be at the top of your list.

Origin of "jet lag" term

Did you know that the term "jet lag" was only invented in 1966? Horace Sutton, a journalist from the Los Angeles Times, originally coined the phrase to describe the overwhelming feelings of fatigue and disorientation that come with rapidly traveling across multiple time zones. While it can be a highly disorienting experience, the fun fact behind jet lag is that it's only a temporary feeling, and it's a small price to pay for the incredible experience of discovering new cultures and places across the world. With this knowledge in mind, let's take on those jet-lagged feelings with excitement and anticipation for all the adventures that await us.

The world's busiest airport

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is not just any airport. It's the king of airports, the busy bee buzzing with energy and life. As the world's busiest airport by passenger traffic, it carries millions of travelers each year to destinations across the globe. Whether you're an Atlanta local, or just passing through, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is a sight to behold. Here's a fun travel fact for you: did you know that in 2019, the airport served a staggering 110.5 million passengers? That's enough to make your head spin - and your heart race with wanderlust. As you stroll through the bustling terminal, take a moment to appreciate the excitement of travel and the possibilities it holds. The world is your oyster - and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the perfect launching point for your next adventure.

The world's shortest commercial flight

Have you ever heard of the shortest commercial flight in the world? It's a travel fun fact that might just blow your mind! The flight operates between Westray and Papa Westray, two beautiful and remote islands in Scotland's Orkney archipelago. With just a 1.7-mile air distance separating them, the flight takes an astonishingly short amount of time to complete - a mere 47 seconds , to be exact! But don't let the brevity of this flight fool you - it's a magnificent experience from start to finish, offering stunning views of the islands and their surrounding waters. Next time you're in Scotland, don't miss the chance to take this inspiring flight!

The longest non-stop commercial flight

If you're a travel enthusiast looking for an exhilarating experience, then you'll be thrilled to learn about the longest non-stop commercial flight currently operated by Singapore Airlines between Singapore and Newark, USA. Covering a distance of 15,344 km, this flight takes a whopping 18 hours and 45 minutes to complete, making it a true marvel of modern aviation. As you soar across the shores of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, you'll get to witness breathtaking views and marvel at the sheer scale of our planet. This travel fun fact is certainly not for the faint-hearted, but for those seeking the ultimate adventure, it's an experience of a lifetime. So, pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable journey.

The first scheduled passenger airline service

Travel enthusiasts, did you know that the first scheduled passenger airline service took place on January 1, 1914? That's right, it was a historic day for aviation when the world's first-ever daily scheduled flight took off from St. Petersburg to Tampa, Florida, USA. The brief 23 minutes journey covering a distance of 21 miles (34 kilometers) was a milestone in the history of transportation, marking a new era of convenience and accessibility. This fun fact of aviation history inspires us to appreciate the progress humans have made over the years in our quest for exploration and innovation.

The highest commercially navigable lake

Lake Titicaca is a place that makes you feel like you're on top of the world - quite literally. highest commercially navigable lake in the world, it's a destination that's sure to inspire. Travel to the Lake and you'll discover a natural wonder that's rich in history, culture, and fun facts that will leave an indelible impression on you. Picture yourself floating on a crystal clear lake, surrounded by stunning views of the Andes mountains, while learning about the ancient Inca civilization that once flourished on its shores. It's an experience that's truly unforgettable and one that's worth adding to your travel bucket list. So pack your bags and make your way to Lake Titicaca - the journey of a lifetime awaits!

The origin "all-inclusive resort" concept

The concept of all-inclusive resorts may seem like a modern-day invention designed to cater to the jet-setting needs of travelers, but did you know that the idea originated in the Caribbean over 70 years ago? It's true! The first all-inclusive resort opened its doors in 1950 in Jamaica, marking a new era of vacationing that has since become synonymous with fun, relaxation, and indulgence. Since then, all-inclusive resorts have grown in popularity, providing travelers with an easy way to escape the stresses of daily life and immerse themselves in exotic destinations without worrying about the small details. So next time you're looking for a travel fun fact to impress your friends and colleagues, remember that the Caribbean is the birthplace of all-inclusive resorts – a little piece of history that has changed the way we travel forever!

The origin of the "luggage carousel"

Imagine a world without luggage carousels! Thanks to engineer John Michael Lyons, we don't have to. In 1958, he invented the very first luggage carousel, a feat that has revolutionized the way we travel. This fun fact is not only a testament to Lyons' ingenuity and foresight but also a reminder of the power of invention. Just think of all the memories, experiences, and adventures each suitcase on that carousel represents. How inspiring to think that one person's idea could have such a profound impact on the way we explore the world. So next time you're waiting for your luggage, take a moment to marvel at the genius of the luggage carousel, and all the possibilities it allows.

The world's largest cruise ship

Embarking on a journey is always an exciting experience, but setting sail on the world's largest cruise ship is a whole new level of adventure. Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas has made waves in the cruise industry boasting an astounding capacity of over 6,600 passengers and a crew of around 2,200. This floating city-like vessel has everything from an ice skating rink to a zip line, and even a central park complete with real trees! If you're looking for a travel fun fact to impress your friends with, look no further than the Symphony of the Seas. Set sail on the ultimate cruise ship, and immerse yourself in luxury and endless entertainment.

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The world's first hotel made entirely of ice and snow

The Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi , Sweden, is more than just a place to rest your head for the night – it's an architectural masterpiece. This unique hotel is the world's first made entirely of ice and snow, offering visitors an adventurous and unforgettable overnight experience. Each year, local builders use ice from the nearby Torne River to create this stunning work of art, which is open for guests from December to April. This travel fun fact is sure to inspire any wanderlust-prone individual to add Jukkasjärvi to their must-visit list. Imagine waking up in your cozy ice room, cuddled in layers of blankets, and gazing at the magnificent ice sculptures surrounding you. A trip to the Icehotel makes for a one-of-a-kind travel experience that will stay with you and inspire many great adventures to come.

The world's largest travel guidebook 

In the early 1970s, a young couple, Tony and Maureen Wheeler, embarked on a journey that would change the world of travel forever. They set off on an overland trip from London to Australia, and along the way, they documented their experiences, which later became the foundation for their travel guidebook publishing company, Lonely Planet . Since its inception in 1972, Lonely Planet has become the world's largest travel guidebook publisher, inspiring travelers to explore new destinations with its vast range of books and online resources. With over 500 titles in their collection, their remarkable success story is a true travel fun fact that reminds us how a simple passion for adventure and a willingness to share it can create an empire.

First travel insurance

Did you know that the concept of travel insurance has been around for centuries? It dates back to ancient China, where merchants would pay for protection against loss or theft during their journeys. This fascinating travel fun fact highlights the importance of having safeguarding measures in place when embarking on any adventure. It's inspiring to think that even in the past, people recognized the value of protecting themselves and their assets during travel. Today, we continue to benefit from the same principles as we enjoy exploring new horizons with peace of mind. Like the old Chinese merchants, we may not always know what lies ahead, but we can take comfort in knowing that we have the protection we need.

The first successful around-the-world flight 

The year 1933 marked a defining moment in aviation history when Wiley Post, the maverick American aviator, accomplished the impossible – the first around-the-world flight. From the small makeshift airstrip in New York to the distant shores of Berlin, Moscow, and Tokyo, Post journeyed an incredible 15,596 miles in just eight days, 15 hours, and 51 minutes, cementing his place in history as one of the greatest aviation pioneers of all time. This travel fun fact is nothing short of inspiring. It's a testament to the grit, determination, and courage of one man who dared to dream of a world where distance and time were mere concepts. Today, we honor Post and his legacy by pushing ourselves to go above and beyond the limits and aspirations of our predecessors.

The first person to travel around the world in less than 80 days

Imagine traveling around the world in less than 80 days, it sounds like the plot of a thrilling novel, but it was an incredible feat accomplished by American journalist Nellie Bly in 1889. The best-selling novel, "Around the World in Eighty Days," may have been fictional, but Bly's journey was real. The inspiring travel fun fact is that she managed to complete the journey in just 72 days, beating the fictional record set by Jules Verne's protagonist, Phileas Fogg. It was an incredible achievement, especially for a woman in the late 19th century, and her accomplishments paved the way for future female adventurers. Nellie Bly's record-breaking journey remains a historical and inspiring event to many today.

The origin of backpacking as a travel-style concept

The 1960s and 1970s were a revolutionary time in the world of travel. Young people started to explore the world with nothing but a backpack on their shoulders and a sense of adventure in their hearts. This travel style, known as backpacking, quickly gained popularity as more and more people sought to break away from the ordinary and explore the world around them. What's fascinating is that budget limitations didn't deter these travelers from seeking amazing experiences and making unforgettable memories. It's a true testament to the power of wanderlust and the incredible things that can be achieved when you set your mind to it. The concept of backpacking continues to inspire and attract adventurers to this day, proving that travel is so much more than just a vacation - it's a way of life.

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The Origin of the Couchsurfing Concept

Are you ready for a fun travel fact that will inspire you to see the world in a new light? Enter Couchsurfing, the amazing hospitality exchange community that connects travelers with locals around the globe. Founded in 2004, Couchsurfing has grown into a global platform that challenges traditional travel norms by offering the opportunity for travelers to stay with friendly locals for free. Through Couchsurfing, travelers can immerse themselves in local cultures and get a unique insider's perspective on their destination. But Couchsurfing is so much more than just a place to stay - it's a community of passionate and open-minded individuals who share a love for adventure and cultural exchange. So pack your bags and join the Couchsurfing community to experience the world in a whole new way!

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The Origin of the Gap Years Concept

Imagine the world as your classroom - where learning doesn't just happen in classrooms but expands to adventures that offer diverse experiences and cultures to explore. Enter gap years: a concept that originated in the United Kingdom in the 1960s that's taking the world by storm. Instead of rushing through their studies, students take a break to travel or pursue other experiences that ignite their passions and broaden their horizons. Fun fact - gap years have proven to benefit both personal development and career-building since it allows individuals to gain new, unique perspectives that give them a competitive edge in the job market. It's inspiring to think about the infinite possibilities that await anyone who decides to embark on a gap year adventure. So, are you ready to take the leap and experience all that the world has to offer?

The world's first Postcards

Traveling is a beautiful experience, and sending postcards is used to add to the excitement. Did you know that the concept of postcards originated in Austria in the 1860s? It's an inspiring fun fact to learn that Austria allowed postcards to be sent with a message on one side and an address on the other, becoming the very first country in the world to do so. Postcards became increasingly popular amongst travelers as a way to stay connected with loved ones back home while enjoying their adventures. Austria paved the way for one of the most treasured traditions in the world of travel. Nowadays, postcards may seem a bit outdated, but they continue to inspire and add to the beauty of traveling.

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The world's oldest-known travel agency

Did you know that the world's oldest known travel agency is Cox & Kings , established in 1758 in India? What started as a small business arranging transportation for British army officers has now become a global player in the travel industry. It's inspiring to think about how this company has been able to stay relevant for over two centuries, adapting to the changing times and catering to the needs of travelers from all over the world. This travel fun fact reminds us that the desire to explore new places and experience new cultures is something that has been around for centuries and will continue to inspire generations to come.

The origin of the "hotel" concept

Have you ever wondered where the word "hotel" comes from? It turns out that the word is derived from the French word "hôtel," which referred to a townhouse or mansion. It wasn't until later that the meaning of the word shifted to refer to an establishment that provides accommodation. Knowing the origins of this common word is a fun fact to keep in mind as you travel and stay in hotels around the world. It's a reminder of how language can evolve and take on new meanings over time. So next time you're staying in a hotel, take a moment to reflect on the history behind the world and appreciate the journey it has taken to get to where it is today.

The world's first hotel

Nestled in the mountains of Japan lies a hidden gem that has been standing for over a thousand years. The Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan is the world's oldest hotel, dating back to the year 705 AD! Imagine the stories and history that this hotel has witnessed over the centuries. As a traveler, staying at this hotel would be an unforgettable experience, and a fun fact to share with friends and family. It's inspiring to think that a place like this continues to stand strong, welcoming new guests for generations. The Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan is a true testament to the resilience and beauty of Japan's ancient culture.

The first commercial hot air balloon flight

In 1783, a group of spectators in France looked up to witness history being made. The first commercial hot air balloon flight had just taken place, propelling humans into the sky in a way they had never experienced before. The balloon was called "Aerostat Réveillon" and flew for about 5.5 miles (9 kilometers). This monumental achievement was not only a major technological advancement, but it opened up new travel opportunities. Suddenly, people could reach heights and destinations that were once unreachable. This fun fact about the first commercial hot air balloon flight reminds us that innovation and exploration have always been a part of human nature and that we should never stop pushing the boundaries of what we know and what we can achieve.

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The first recorded use of the term "sightseeing"

It's amazing to consider that the practice of sightseeing, something that we take for granted today, has been around for centuries. The first recorded use of the term "sightseeing" can be traced back to 1768 in the journal of James Boswell . This remarkable travel fun fact underscores just how long humanity has been fascinated with exploring new places and seeing all that the world has to offer. As we embark on our adventures today, let's take a moment to appreciate the pioneers like Boswell who paved the way for us to experience the excitement and wonder of travel.

The first-ever recorded travel guide

Did you know that the first-ever recorded travel guide was written by a Greek geographer named Pausanias in the 2nd century CE? His work described the most fascinating landmarks and destinations in ancient Greece, helping travelers find their way and experience the beauty of this historic land. It's amazing to consider how far we've come since those ancient times, with travel guides now available for every corner of the globe. And yet, Pausanias' work serves as a testament to the timeless appeal of exploring new places and discovering the wonders that await. Let us be inspired by Pausanias' legacy and continue to seek out adventure, wherever it may take us.

The world's fastest train

The Shanghai Maglev Train is truly the epitome of modern transportation engineering. This maglev train operates in Shanghai, China, and is known to be the fastest train in the world, surpassing even the bullet trains in Japan. The Shanghai Maglev Train operates at incredible speeds of up to 430 km/h and only takes 8 minutes to travel the 30 km distance between Shanghai's Pudong International Airport and the city's financial district. With its sleek, futuristic design and state-of-the-art technology, the Shanghai Maglev Train provides a memorable experience for passengers who are keen on speed and advanced engineering. It's a fun fact to know that you can travel at such an impressive speed using one mode of transportation, inspiring us to think that the future of travel is indeed exciting!

The world's largest airport

The King Fahd International Airport in Dammam is a true testament to the grandeur and vision of the Saudi Arabian government. As the world's largest airport, it spans over 780 square kilometers and can accommodate up to 80 million passengers annually. That's a staggering figure! But, did you know that it also boasts one of the largest dome structures in the world, covering an area of 32,000 square meters? As you travel through the airport, you can't help but feel inspired by the sheer size of the space and the endless opportunities for exploration and adventure that await. It truly is a magnificent feat of engineering and design, and a fun fact to share with fellow travelers.

The first known recorded travel diary

Did you know that the first known recorded travel diary was written by Xu Xiake , a Chinese travel writer, in the 17th century? Xu Xiake's travel diary details his extensive travels throughout China and offers an inspiring glimpse into the beauty and wonder of the country he loved. His writings are a testament to the joy and adventure that can be found in travel and serve as a reminder that even in times of uncertainty and difficulty, the world is full of amazing places waiting to be explored. So the next time you embark upon a journey, remember Xu Xiake's legacy and let his travel fun fact inspire you to discover all that the world has to offer.

The world's largest salt flat

Pack your bags, traveler, because one of the most awe-inspiring sights on Earth awaits you. Welcome to the Salar de Uyuni , the world's largest salt flat located in Bolivia. This natural wonder spans over 4,000 square miles and is comprised of over 10 billion tons of salt. It's impossible not to feel small in front of the vastness of this radiant salt flat. Besides its sheer size, the Salar de Uyuni holds another fun fact: it's so flat that NASA uses it to calibrate satellites. Imagine being able to stand on a piece of ground so level and smooth, you're used to help guide spacecraft through the cosmos! Take in this natural marvel with your own eyes and let the Salar de Uyuni take your breath away.

The ancient city of Petra in Jordan and the rock-cut architecture

Exploring Petra, the ancient city that served as a crucial trading hub, is an experience that will leave you awestruck. The elaborate rock-cut architecture, including the famous Treasury, is a testament to the ingenuity and skill of the people who lived there. Fun fact: Petra was established as early as 312 BCE and is one of the few cities in the world where cars are not allowed, which means you get to explore this incredible architectural wonder on foot. Walking through the narrow canyon and coming face to face with the stunning sandstone structures is an experience you won't soon forget. A visit to Petra is a must for any travel bucket list.

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The lowest point on Earth's surface

Imagine swimming in a body of water so dense that you can't even sink. That is the unique experience that awaits you at the Dead Sea in Jordan and Israel, the lowest point on Earth's surface. This natural wonder boasts a high concentration of salt and minerals, making it a popular destination for travelers seeking some R&R. Did you know that people have been visiting the Dead Sea for thousands of years to soak in its healing waters? Whether you're there for a luxurious spa day or just want to float on the surface of the water, the Dead Sea is a travel fun fact that will leave you feeling inspired by all the wonders the world has to offer.

The world's lowest country

Did you know that the Maldives holds the title of being the world's lowest country in terms of average ground level? The stunning archipelago, composed of 26 atolls, is situated in the Indian Ocean and boasts breathtaking beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant coral reefs. With its highest point only 7.8 feet (2.4 meters) above sea level, it's no wonder why this travel fun fact is so intriguing. Despite this remarkable characteristic, the Maldives remains an inviting destination for travelers from all over the world. So pack your bags and get ready to explore this unique paradise!

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The world's largest hotel

The First World Hotel in Malaysia is not just any ordinary hotel, as it is the world's largest hotel, boasting over 7,351 rooms! This is more than just a travel fun fact, as the hotel's impressive size and scale are truly inspiring. It almost feels like a mini city within itself and staying here is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Imagine walking through the hotel lobby, surrounded by an endless sea of rooms and a bustling crowd of fellow travelers, all eager to explore the wonders of Malaysia. If that doesn't make you want to pack your bags and book a ticket, I don't know what will!

The city with the most Michelin-starred restaurants

If you're a food lover, then there's no better city to visit than Tokyo. This vibrant metropolis is home to over 230 Michelin-starred restaurants, making it the city with the most Michelin-starred establishments in the world . From sushi to ramen, tempura to teppanyaki, Tokyo has it all. Each restaurant offers its unique take on the cuisine, from the traditional to the cutting edge. So, if you want to satiate your culinary curiosity, hop on a flight to Tokyo, and explore this amazing city's gastronomic delights. After all, experiencing the world's most Michelin-starred restaurants is one of the best fun facts to share with your friends.

The world's largest pilgrimage

For Muslims traveling to Mecca , it is the ultimate spiritual journey. Mecca is the world's largest pilgrimage site, drawing millions of Muslims from all corners of the globe for the Hajj pilgrimage. As visitors approach the city, they're enveloped in the enthusiasm and devotion of fellow Muslims. The city is an incredible display of devotion, piety, and unity, creating an atmosphere that is truly awe-inspiring. In addition to its spiritual significance, Mecca is also a fascinating travel fun fact to share with others. Its incredible size and the sheer number of visitors during the Hajj are a testament to the strength of faith that exists within the Muslim community. The Hajj pilgrimage is a life-changing experience for all who participate, and it's no wonder that so many Muslims from around the world make the journey to Mecca each year.

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The world's tallest waterfall

Angel Falls stands tall and mighty, being the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall. Located in Venezuela, the falls have captivated the hearts of travelers from all over the world, leaving them in awe of its stunning natural beauty. At 979 meters, the falls are higher than the Eiffel Tower and almost three times the size of Niagara Falls. But that's not just it! A fun fact about these falls is that Angel Falls was named after an American aviator, Jimmy Angel, who discovered the falls while flying over the area in the 1930s. This incredible waterfall is a must-see for any travel bucket list, inspiring anyone who lays eyes on its grandeur. 

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The country with the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Italy is a country that boasts of unparalleled cultural and artistic heritage. What’s even more impressive is that Italy is home to the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world, with over fifty-nine sites already inscribed on the list. From the majestic Colosseum and the iconic Piazza del Duomo in Florence to the remarkably preserved ruins of Pompeii and the beautiful city of Venice that's built on water, Italy has something for everyone. Exploring these sites is not only informative but also awe-inspiring, and it's no wonder why Italy is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The travel fun fact that Italy has the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites is just one of the many reasons to visit this vibrant country and immerse oneself in its rich history and culture.

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The city with the most international visitors per year

Bangkok is a bustling city that continuously draws in travelers from all over the world. It holds the title of being the city with the highest number of international visitors per year! This travel fun fact showcases the immense appeal that Bangkok has, from its vibrant street markets and mouth-watering food scene to its jaw-dropping temples and lively nightlife. It's no wonder that people from all walks of life yearn to explore this unique city. Whether you're a foodie, a shopaholic, a history buff, or simply looking for an adventure, Bangkok has something to offer for everyone. So pack your bags and set off to experience the wonders of this mesmerizing city for yourself!

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The largest religious monument in the world

As you embark on your journey to the Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, you'll be visiting the largest religious monument in the world. The jaw-dropping scale and intricate detail of the temple complex is inspiring, and a testament to the skills of the Khmer people who built it nearly a thousand years ago. It's hard not to feel awe-inspired by the sheer size of Angkor Wat, which covers over 160 hectares of land. As you explore the intricate carvings and ancient architecture of this stunning complex, you'll be taken on a journey through history and spirituality. Truly, a visit to Angkor Wat is a must-have travel experience for any lover of adventure and culture. And, of course, it's always fun to have a fascinating fact to share with your friends and family!

The Statue of Liberty in New York City was a gift from France

For over a century, the Statue of Liberty has been greeting visitors to New York City's harbor as a symbol of freedom and democracy. Gifted to the United States by France in 1886, the statue stands tall at 305 feet, weighing 225 tons. This beloved icon is not only a popular tourist destination but also a reminder of the ideals that our country was built upon. It's fascinating to think that the statue's creator, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, initially intended to have it placed at the entrance of the Suez Canal. However, after being turned down by the Egyptian government, he presented the idea to the United States and the rest is history. For a travel fun fact, did you know that the seven spikes on the crown of the statue represent the seven continents and seven seas of the world? A visit to the Statue of Liberty is not only an awe-inspiring experience but also a reminder of the ongoing fight for freedom and democracy for all.

The longest suspension bridge in the world

If you're a traveler looking for an impressive sight to add to your bucket list, the Akashi Kaikyō Bridge in Japan is a marvel to behold. This suspension bridge stretches an incredible 6,532 feet (1,991 meters), making it the longest in the world. But it's not just its size that's impressive - the bridge is also a testament to Japanese engineering and ingenuity. Its construction required incredibly precise design and execution, and the final product is a breathtaking feat of human achievement. Whether you're an engineer or not, visiting the Akashi Kaikyō Bridge is a fun fact to share with friends and family, and a reminder of what can be accomplished when humans put their minds to something truly incredible.

Home of the "Big Five" game animals

The African savanna is the ultimate destination for nature lovers and adventurers alike. Its vast expanse serves as a home to some of the most iconic creatures on the planet, the "Big Five" game animals. Majestic lions roam freely, fiercely protective of their territories and pride. Massive elephants gracefully strut through the lands, trumpeting in triumph. Rhinoceroses dominate the terrain with their sheer size and strength, while elusive leopards silently stalk their prey. Buffalos, on the other hand, move in herds, roaming together and providing a stunning sight to behold. Travelers who dream of being part of this incredible ecosystem need to head over to the African savanna, where these magnificent creatures reign supreme. It's a fun fact that one can never get enough of – the African savanna is truly one of the most breathtaking places in the world.

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The birthplace of jazz

New Orleans, the city of soulful jazz, is a place that ignites the senses and transports the soul to a realm of pure musical magic. Known as the birthplace of jazz, this vibrant city boasts a rich and diverse musical heritage that is celebrated year-round. From street musicians to world-famous jazz clubs, music can be heard echoing through the streets day and night. Every spring, the Jazz and Heritage Festival takes center stage and draws music lovers from across the globe to soak up the infectious energy of this city. A travel fun fact to keep in mind - the famous jazz funeral originated in New Orleans, where they celebrate life and honor their loved ones with a musical procession through the streets. It's no wonder New Orleans has earned the title of "the city that care forgot" - once you're there, the joy-filled energy of the music scene will stay with you long after you leave.

The busiest pedestrian crossing in the world

Tokyo, the bustling capital of Japan, is home to the world-famous Shibuya Crossing - known to be the busiest pedestrian crossing on the planet. With over 2,500 people crossing this intersection simultaneously during peak rush hours, it's a sight to behold. But what's even more impressive is the energy and vibrancy that Tokyo exudes. From its delicious food to its innovative technology and unique fashion, the city is a hub of cultural and technological excellence. Tokyo is the perfect destination for anyone looking to experience a bustling and vibrant metropolis. It's more than just a fun fact; it's an inspiring testament to the city's spirit and its people.

The world's largest natural reserve

Imagine standing in the middle of the largest natural reserve in the world, surrounded by pristine glaciers, towering peaks, and a vast expanse of untouched wilderness. Northeast Greenland National Park is a wonderland waiting to be explored, and it boasts some of the most awe-inspiring sights on the planet. Covering an area of over 970,000 square kilometers, this vast reserve is not only home to an incredible variety of species, but it's also a significant travel destination. Did you know that the park is larger than all of California and three times the size of Texas combined? There's no doubt that visitors to this incredible landscape will be awestruck by its sheer size, beauty, and majesty. So pack your bags and prepare to embark on an adventure that you'll never forget - Northeast Greenland National Park is calling!

Greenland is an awe-inspiring destination that sits at the top of the world. It is the largest island in the world and is known for its pristine nature, rugged coastline, and stunning glaciers. Located in the northernmost part of the Atlantic Ocean, it is also one of the least populated places on Earth. Traveling to Greenland is an adventure like no other, starting from the moment you set foot on this majestic island. So pack your bags and get ready to explore one of the most breathtaking places on the planet - Greenland!

Longest world's longest town name

As you embark on your journey through Wales, make sure to take a pit stop in a town that holds the title of the world's longest town name! Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch may be a mouthful to pronounce, but the fun facts are worth the effort! This picturesque town with a population of only 3,000 boasts the Guinness World Record for having the longest place name in the world. Its name translates to "Saint Mary's Church in the hollow of the white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of St. Tysilio of the red cave". The town has become a popular tourist destination known for its stunning natural beauty, charming picturesque houses, and fascinating history. So indulge in this travel fun fact and add Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch to your bucket list!

World’s shortest geographical place name

Å is not only the shortest geographical place name in the world, but also a unique travel destination that is sure to leave you inspired. Located in the Lofoten Islands of Norway, this small fishing village may be compact in name, but it offers big experiences for visitors seeking adventure. Imagine exploring rugged mountain landscapes while taking in the panoramic views of the surrounding sea. Or, diving into the deep blue waters for an up-close encounter with the Norwegian marine life. Whether you're an adventure-seeker or simply looking for a fun fact to share with friends, Å is a destination that's worth including on your travel itinerary.

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Paris syndrome

Paris, known to many as the City of Love, may surprise you with its lesser-known syndrome that can affect certain travelers. Paris Syndrome is a condition where tourists become overwhelmed by the difference between their high expectations of the city and the reality they experience. However, don't let this deter you from experiencing the magic of one of the world's most iconic cities. With so much to see and do, Paris offers something for everyone, from the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre Museum. Plus, did you know that the city is home to the world's first-ever public park, the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont? With such a rich history and beauty, Paris is still very much worth a visit. So go ahead and immerse yourself in all the stunning sights and sounds without worrying about Paris Syndrome, as long as you come prepared to enjoy your trip to the fullest.

24/7 free wine fountain

If you are a wine lover, you might want to pack your bags and head straight to Italy. Located in the small town of Ortona in the Abruzzo region , there is a marvelous 24/7 free wine fountain that will leave you in awe. Yes, you heard it right - a free wine fountain! This is not just any ordinary fountain but it is a wonderful work of art that dispenses red wine for all visitors, day and night. The fountain has become a must-visit for travelers from all over the world, making it a true travel fun fact. So, what are you waiting for? Add this to your bucket list, and indulge yourself in a heavenly wine experience! 

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The most linguistically diverse country

Papua New Guinea isn't just another beautiful travel destination - it's home to the world's most diverse linguistic landscape. With over 800 languages spoken across its unique terrain, Papua New Guinea is the ultimate cultural immersive experience. Exploring the country means diving into a world of vibrant new sounds and words, hearing languages heard nowhere else on the planet. From the highlands to the coast, the dialects will change fluidly, each with its own history and local traditions. It's a thrilling opportunity to gain insight into the intricacies and beauty of human communication - all while having the trip of a lifetime.

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Drawing from all the amazing places and adventures present around the world, these 50 fun facts about travel bring to light the exciting cultures that take part in traveling. These cool and interesting facts encourage those with a sense of exploration in their soul to get out there and discover everything that our planet has to offer. Variety abounds, and traveling is one of the best ways to deepen your knowledge and understanding of our global community. From peculiar practices to incredible new sights, every trip is a journey full of excitement and discovery. If you're looking for some guidance on where to go next, why not try Sweden? After exploring this unique destination through these fascinating travel facts, get ready for an experience like no other with one of our decks of cards filled with 50 fun ideas ! Don't wait any longer - make 2020 the year you grow your wanderlust!

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Maybe your travel plan is postponed for now, maybe you are actively seeking your next destination, or you are planning the details of your upcoming trip. No matter what your current travel status is, the travel facts that you will find here will spice up your knowledge or perhaps it will inspire you to look for less-known destinations. At the very least you will have fun time while you go through the travel-world of extremes, opposites and interesting travel facts.

1. How Covid-19 helped to break the record for longest commercial flight in 2020? 

According to Airfarewatchdog Air Tahiti Nui flight from Papeete (French Polynesia) to Paris with a distance of 9,775 miles or 15 hours and 45 minutes was the longest flight in 2020. It broke the record held by Singapore Airlines which was 9,534 miles from Singapore to Newark (New Jersey). 

The aircraft used for the flight was Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Normally the airline had a stopover in Los Angeles, but because of Covid restrictions this was no longer possible. With reduced number of passengers and weight, the aircraft spends less fuel and this made it possible to fly over such a long distance. This flight was an exception and the airline has discontinued the record breaking direct route with a stopover in a different city.

2. The shortest commercial flight in the world is in Scotland.

According to BusinessInsider the shortest commercial flight is between Westray and Papa Westray islands in Scotland.

The airports are 2 miles apart. The flight takes 90 seconds and according to The Points Guy it’s a much better transportation alternative than the 20 minutes choppy boat trip from one to the other island.

3. Travelers are 85% more likely to book a trip based on user-generated content.

According to TripAdvisor, user-generated content (UGC) influences travelers’ booking decisions. 

DMOs can leverage UGC in travel marketing in 2024. It suggests that travelers are 85% more likely to book a trip if they encounter relevant, engaging UGC than solely relying on official marketing materials or traditional advertising.

4. Planning a trip makes you 8% happier.

Scientific study has shown that the intention itself or the plan to go on a holiday makes vacationers to be almost as happy as the trip itself. The study compared vacationers to non-vacationers and the results showed that vacationers had an 8% higher pre-trip happiness score than non-vacationers.

Other studies have also confirmed this psychological phenomenon.

5. The happiest language in the world is Spanish.

Maybe the language that you speak affects you more than you think. A study of the top 10 most used languages globally (English, Mandarin, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Indonesian, German, Korean, Russian and Arabic) showed that Spanish is the happiest language , followed by Portuguese, English, German and French.

Possibly this is one of the reasons why Spain is in the top 10 or top 5 countries globally by life expectancy, and some media are reporting it is well placed to overtake Japan in two decades.

6. FICUS – France, Italy, China, USA and Spain are the top 5 countries that attract most tourists in the world.

The FICUS countries (France, Italy, China, USA and Spain) get the most visitors repeatedly. They are like irresistible travel magnets. France is the most visited country by travelers in the world with 89 million arrivals, according to the latest UNWTO data related to 2018 travel flows. The next most visited countries are Spain, United States, China and Italy. Together with France they comprise the top 5 most visited countries globally.

Chart: Top 5 countries by tourist arrivals and the share of travel and tourism in countries' GDP

When it comes to cities, Bangkok is the global leader with 22 million international overnight visitors in 2018, followed by Paris, London, Dubai and Singapore making together the top 5 most visited cities globally according to Mastercard’s Global Destination Cities Index . Dubai, one of the popular attractions for tourists is the Dubai Marina yacht rental , offering a luxurious experience of exploring the city’s coastline.

7. Eiffel Tower’s size changes up to 6 inches (15.24 cm) over the seasons.

Eiffel Tower’s size increases 15 cm (6 inches) during summer time because the steel structure expands on higher temperatures. A little reminder on physics 😊  

8. Hamburg is a city with the most bridges in the world.

Crossing a river or non-walkable path is less of a problem in some cities. Hamburg has more than 2300 bridges , the largest number of bridges in the world. Next is Amsterdam with 1281 bridges, New York City with 789, Pittsburgh with 446 and Venice with 391.  

So many bridges sometimes represent a problem.

9. Costa Rica is a country with no army.

Costa Rica is one of the few countries globally that has abolished the army and lives without military forces for more than 70 years.

10. Egypt and India are the cheapest countries for a taxi ride. Switzerland is the most expensive.

Egypt is a country with the cheapest taxi ride, it costs less than a dollar to get a three-mile ride. That’s a handy travel fact to be aware of when you travel to Egypt. On the other end is Switzerland as a country with the most expensive taxi ride. It costs $25 for a three-mile ride, according to USA Today and Taxi2Airport. 

Based on a research by Deutsche Bank, below is a overview of the cost of a taxi ride in selected cities globally.

Chart: Price of 5 miles (8 km) taxi ride in selected cities globally

11. The oldest tree in the world has over 4700 years.

According to The Spruce , the oldest tree in the world is nicknamed Methuselah. It’s a bristlecone pine tree located in California’s White Mountain range. Its estimated age is over 4700 years. It’s a non-clonal tree which means it cannot reproduce itself, unlike the clonal trees that have this ability. Big Pharma dreams to replicate the anti-aging secret of living organisms like this.

When it comes to clonal trees the oldest one is Old Tjikko in Sweden. It’s roughly 10,000 years old and its trunk survives about 600 years after which a new one sprouts.  

12. The tallest tree in the world has a height of 380 ft or 115m.

The tallest tree in the world is located in the Redwood National Park in California. It’s called Hyperion and has a height of 380 ft or 115m. It’s about one third of the height of Eifel Tower.   

13. The biggest pyramid in the world is in Mexico.

Giza and Egypt. Probably this comes on top of your mind when you think about pyramids. But, it’s not in Giza.

The biggest pyramid in the world by volume is located in Cholula de Rivadavia, Mexico. Over time, nature did its job and camouflaged it with soil, grass and other vegetation, so it was not easy to spot it and to see what lies beneath the hill at its location. The Great Pyramid of Cholula is only 54 m (177 ft) tall, but with a base four time larger than the Great Pyramid at Giza, having a volume of 166k ft³ (3.3 million m³) compared to the 84k ft³ (2.4 million m³) of the Pyramid of Khufu. According to BBC it’s also the largest monument on earth ever built by humans.

14. Sudan has the most pyramids in the world.

According to the Independent , Sudan has more than twice the number of pyramids that Egypt has and therefore it’s a country with the most pyramids in the world. It has 255 pyramids , while Egypt has between 118 and 138.

15. It costs $42 to go out on a date in Cairo, while $202 in Zurich.

Going on a date out of your town is not a bad idea. Just collect some travel facts before you do so. According to Deutsche Bank Research of 54 cities globally, Zurich and Oslo are the most expensive cities to go out on a date. A night out with your date in these two cities costs $202 and $163 respectively. Cairo, Bangalore and Buenos Aires are the cheapest ones. If you go on a date there you need to have roughly $42 in your wallet.

Chart: The cost of going out on a date in 54 cities globally

16. The most expensive cappuccino is in Copenhagen, and the cheapest one in Milan.

Have you thought how much your love for coffee may cost you in different cities in the world? Well, a cup of cappuccino in an expat area of a city is most expensive in Copenhagen $6.3, the cheapest one is in Milan $1.7, according to Deutsche Bank Research of 54 cities globally.

17. Iceland is a country with no mosquitos.

Wondering whether you need to pack in your bags a mosquito repellant for your trip? Iceland is one of few countries in the world that doesn’t have mosquitos. A convenient advantage for such an interesting destination.  

18. France is a country with the most time zones in the world.

You will often see information that France is a country with most time zones, 12 particularly. The reason for this is because France still administers territories placed far away across the world. Otherwise Russia and the USA cover 11 time zones.  

19. Machu Picchu’s construction design makes it resistant to earthquakes.

Machu Picchu is built in a way that protects it from earthquakes. The stones used to build it are precisely cut and free of mortar. According to USRA it allows the stones to move, but also to come back to the original position after an earthquake. It’s one of the few advanced architectural features that Machu Picchu has. 

20. The steepest street slope in the world is in New Zealand.

For those a little bit lazy or for those eager to get fit by walking on a steeper slope, the steepest street in the world is Baldwin Street, in Dunedin, New Zealand. The slope of the street is 34.8%.

21. China has thousand times less surnames than the USA.

It’s easier to remember surnames in China than in the USA. According to CNN , China has about 6000 surnames in use and 100 of these surnames are common for 86% of the population. In the United States there are 6.3 million surnames, and most of them appear only once. 

So if you having trouble to remember names, maybe it’s not your brain, but the country.

22. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport is the busiest airport in the world in 2020.

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport is the busiest one in the world with 43 million passengers in 2020. The next four busiest are Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport with 42 million passengers, Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport with 40 million passengers, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport with 39 million passengers and Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport with 37 million passengers.

The pandemic brought drastic changes in the 2020 rankings. Because of the steep drop of global travel Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in the United States was dethroned from the top spot that it held for 22 years in a row. According to CNN Travel this change is temporary and the airport will return to the top again as the pandemic dissipates.

23. Kuwait International Airport and Lisbon Portela Airport are the least punctual airports in the world.

According to AirHelp the worst top 10 airports in the world in 2019 based on on-time performance, service quality, and food and shops are:

Flight delays and poor on-time performance are not just numbers.

24. Hamad International Airport (Doha) is the best airport in the world.

Being busy does not stop some airports to rank high in performance metrics. Tokyo Haneda Airport (Tokyo International Airport) is an example of that and takes 2nd spot globally. 

According to AirHelp the best top 10 airports in 2019 are:

25. France has highest number of Michelin-starred restaurants.

If you are on search for quality restaurants, according to FineDiningLovers , France has the highest number of 628 Michelin-starred restaurants. Next is Japan with 577, Italy with 374, Germany with 307 and USA with 169 Michelin-starred restaurants.

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26. The fastest roller coaster in the world will be opened in 2023 in Saudi Arabia.

If you need excitement, adrenaline and dopamine rush, you can get all of that with the “Falcon’s Flight” roller coaster in Saudi Arabia. According to CNN Travel , the “Falcon’s Flight” roller coaster’s construction should be finished in 2023. It will have a record-breaking speed of more than 155 miles per hour (250+ km/h) and record-breaking height of 525 feet (160 meters).

27. The so-called “Spanish Flu” actually came from France, China or Britain.

Although the name suggests that the Spanish Flu who took the lives of 20 to 50 million spread to the world out of Spain, in fact, according to History.com , it is more likely that it started from France, China or Britain.

The reason why the name “Spanish Flu” got traction is because the occurrence of the pandemic overlapped with the First World War. While most countries were either taking one side of the two embattled sides, Spain was one of the rare that remained neutral. This allowed the country to have free speech and journalism unrestricted from censorship, unlike the embattled countries.

Spain provided detailed reports on the devastation caused by the influenza virus and the general public around the world got the impression that Spain was the original place of the virus. That’s how it got the label.

28. Big Ben is not the clock, but the bell on top of St. Stephen’s Tower.

Most people associate Big Ben with the clock on St. Stephen’s Tower in London. In fact the name belongs to the thirteen ton bell on the top of the tower, according to Hotels.com.

29. What is the origin of the name of pizza Margherita?

Naples (Italy), is the birthplace of the some of the most popular pizzas that we know. There is a big chance that you have eaten Margherita pizza in your life, or you are going to eat one sometime in your life, especially if you travel to Italy.

Have you thought how Margherita pizza got its name? Diego Zancani , emeritus professor of medieval and modern languages at Oxford University, explains that after the unification of the northern and southern Italy, King Umberto I and Queen Margarita visited a well-known pizzamaker in Naples in 1889. They were offered three pizza choices. Queen Margarita decided to order the one with basil, mozzarella, and tomato because it matched the colors of the flag of Italy. It was a very convenient choice in that moment of time.

According to Huffpost , there is a second theory which says that this pizza got its name because the basil and mozzarella on the top of the pizza resemble the daisy flower, whose name is margherita in Italian language.

30. South Africa has three capital cities.

South Africa is exceptional. It’s the only country that has three capital cities . Cape Town holds the legislative function and it’s the place of South Africa’s parliament. Pretoria is the home of the government with the executive function, and Bloemfontein has judicial function. The reasons for this type of set up are mainly political and historical.

It’s not only the administrative set up of the country. South Africa’s nature and landscape is very diverse too and can match your preferences for different types of holiday.

31. Dirtiest place on airplanes is the tray table.

According to CNN Travel, the dirtiest place on airplanes is the tray table, followed by drinking fountain buttons, overhead air vents, lavatory flush buttons, seatbelt buckles, bathroom stall locks. The amount of colony-forming units per square inch (concentration of microorganisms) is shown in the chart below.

Infographic/Data visualization: Dirtiest places on airplanes and airports

32. Finland is the happiest country in the world.

The next of the list comprising the top 10 happiest countries in the world are: Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Netherlands, Sweden, New Zealand, Austria and Luxembourg.

33. The first space hotel in Earth’s orbit will be opened in 2027.

The hotel will have a shape of a wheel . Its rotation should create artificial gravity. The gravitational power will be weaker and closer in strength to the one on the moon. Apart from the spectacular view and design, the lack of gravity will create a totally new experience, feeling and sense.

Bonus: Trevi Fountain in Rome has exceptional return on investment (ROI) of $1.7 million per year.

The 18th century baroque style Trevi Fountain in Rome took about 30 years to be built. According to DW , $1.7 million are collected annually from the coins tossed into the fountain.

Usually the coins are donated to a charitable organization Caritas. According to DW, because of the substantial amount of money collected from this monument, recently the Italian government initiated a proposal to put part of the funds to go into local infrastructure development projects. This proposal heated the debate of how the money should be spent properly.

Despite this ongoing discussion and yet probably reduced amount of tossed and collected coins because of Covid, the fountain remains a promising revenue generator for the city of Rome in normal times.

The tradition says that if you toss one coin you will return to Rome again, if you toss two coins you will get married, and if you do it three times you will marry a Roman.

Why toss three coins? Beside the desire to marry a Roman :), perhaps the fountain name has something to do with it. Trevi means “three roads” , signifying the three roads intersecting at the fountain’s location in the past.

Can you imagine what would have been the ROI if Trevi Fountain was intersecting four roads?

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17 Fun Facts About Jamaica

Written By: The Planet D

Updated On: December 28, 2023

In 2019, Jamaica had  4 million tourists  visit its country in order to experience the culture of this beautiful island nation. However, while a lot of people have yet to visit this captivating island, there are so many interesting facts about Jamaica they haven’t heard of. And perhaps, if they knew everything it has to offer, they would be more inclined to visit one day and explore the area themselves. So if you’re interested in learning more about this  amazing country , keep reading for some facts about Jamaica you may not know about! 

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Facts About Jamaica 

Fun Facts About Jamaica

Jamaica’s diversity comes from its settlers and how they have adapted over the years. From gaining its independence to producing Olympic medalists, it’s safe to say that this place is very unique. 

1. Jamaica is the Third Largest of the Caribbean Islands

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As the third largest island in the Caribbean, Jamaica’s landmass is surpassed only by Cuba and Hispaniola, the island shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti. This notable ranking underscores Jamaica’s substantial geographical footprint, which plays a significant role in its ecological diversity, cultural richness, and economic significance in the region.

The island’s size contributes to its status as a major destination for tourists and a hub for cultural exchange, further highlighted by its proximity to the largest Caribbean island, Cuba, which lies just to the north. This geographical kinship with Cuba and Hispaniola adds a layer of historical and cultural connection that is as deep and complex as the Caribbean waters themselves.

Jamaica Tourism is a fact

Thanks to its tropical climate, tourism is Jamaica’s most important economic industry. Meaning, that the country makes most of its money from the people who visit. It is also one of the most popular places to visit on Earth. Iconic places like Dunn’s River Falls, Negril and Ocho Rios attract visitors from around the world.

And because the people are so hospitable, many return year after year. People love to explore the 50 public beaches around the island for their beauty.  And when tourists leave the island, they’re charged a mandatory departure tax of $22. 

3. James Bond Novels

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Ian Fleming was once working for the Naval Intelligence Division of Britain but was located in Jamaica. Not surprisingly his operation was named “Goldeneye.” Soon after he decided to extend his time in Jamaica and bought land to live on. 

So that’s when the inspiration for the James Bond novels came into play. He created all 14 James Bond novels while living in Jamaica. Additionally, the first movie Dr. No was also filmed here and they returned again for Live and Let Die. 

4. Jamaican Flag

Facts about the Jamaican Flag

The Jamaican flag  came into existence when Jamaica gained its independence from Britain. And many don’t know, but it actually came from a national flag design competition. It consists of gold, green, and black.

The gold stands for Jamaica’s natural beauty of sunlight. The green stands for agriculture and hope. And the black stands for the strength and creativity of its people. 

Jamaicans take great pride in their flag and hold it to a high standard when flown. 

5. Bobsled Team

jamaica facts Jamaican Bobsled Team

When you think of Jamaica, the last thing you think of is snow. And it’s known for its drastically hot weather as well. But for some reason, they were very determined to create a bobsled team. 

They were the first tropical country to participate in the Winter Olympics. And in 1988 they had their own Olympic team. Sadly, they placed last but had a noble effort.  However, they went on to win a gold medal at the World Push Championship in Monaco in 2000. Plus, the film “Cool Runnings” was inspired and later became a box office hit. 

6. Home to Usain Bolt

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Jamaica is known for its athletes making headlines at the Olympic Games. Usain Bolt is very well known as the world’s fastest man. And of course, his home nation is Jamaica.  He held the record for the fastest hundred and two hundred meters and was a recognized Olympian all over the world. In fact, he is an eight-time Olympic medalist and retired in 2017. 

Jamaica is also home to Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell, two highly regarded sprinters as well. Many credit the Jamaican’s diet and history to their speed and why they are some of the fastest men in the world. 

7. A Lot of Churches

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Jamaica has the most churches in the world per square mile in its small towns. In fact, the National Library of Jamaica says that there are about 2.75 churches per square mile. It is also a recognized record held by the Guinness World Book of Records. 

With over 1,600 churches in the area, it’s safe to say that Jamaicans take their Christianity in a serious way. However, there is no set religion amongst the people as many participate in Baptist, Catholic, Pentecostal, and other religious beliefs. 

8. Even More Rum Bars

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Jamaica is also famous for having the most rum bars per square mile. And that’s because Jamaica was the first place to produce rum for export before piracy. 

Rum is used for drinking, cooking, and first aid in Jamaica. And don’t underestimate it when drinking. It is extremely potent and even banned in some places. It’s also famous for having the most expensive rum in the world. It’s called Appleton Estate 50-Year Rum and costs over $4,000 per 750ml. 

9. Blue Mountain Coffee

Blue Mountain coffee in Jamaica

The coffee’s history dates back to 1728 and it has since become synonymous with Jamaica’s coffee fame. The cultivation process is rigorously controlled by the Jamaica Coffee Industry Board to ensure only the highest quality beans are designated as Blue Mountain Coffee? ?. The growing conditions are ideal due to the region’s high altitude, the soil’s rich nutrients, and the unique climate which includes a dense fog that slows cherry ripening, allowing more time for flavor development? ?. Organic and environmentally friendly farming practices are also key, with an emphasis on hand-harvesting and avoidance of agrochemicals. T

he coffee is “wet or washed,” meaning the fruits are pulped before drying and then fermented, which enhances the coffee’s flavor profile? ?. After drying, beans undergo strict quality control and only the best are packaged and exported as Blue Mountain Coffee, often in distinctive wooden barrels? ?. The meticulous attention to these details results in a coffee that is celebrated for its mild flavor and lack of bitterness, making it one of the most sought-after in the world.

10. Jamaica is English Speaking

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In the Caribbean, Jamaica is the largest English-speaking island. And since the national language is English, the locals have derived their own versions. Known as Jamaican Patois, most Jamaicans speak this language that is English and Creole-based. It also has strong West African hints and influences. Louise Bennett Coverly is credited with the promotion of Patois. She established it as a real way of communicating and is also seen as one of Jamaica’s most regarded cultural people. 

Another fun fact is that even though Creole or Patois is commonly spoken, they are not written languages. Jamaica even became the first English-speaking Caribbean country that qualified to play in the World Cup. 

11. Once a Spanish Speaking Country

JAmaica was once a Spanish Speaking Country

From 1509 to 1655, the Jamaican country was once ruled by the Spaniards. And that’s why you’ll find many of Jamaica’s towns have Spanish-inspired names to this day. 

There are still buildings located in the area that the Spanish constructed as well. Many people still visit these buildings for their rich history. Tourists especially love to view their construction and stylings. 

However, the English soon took over the country since the Spanish no longer took interest in this particular place and because there were hardly any soldiers left in the area to defend their rule. 

12. Home to the Largest Butterflies in the Western Hemisphere

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The island is the sanctuary for the Homerus swallowtail, the largest butterfly species in the Western Hemisphere. Known scientifically as Papilio Homerus, this magnificent creature boasts a wingspan reaching up to 6 inches (15 cm), making it larger than many birds found on the island? ?.

Endemic to Jamaica, the Homerus swallowtail, unfortunately, flutters on the brink of extinction, with its numbers so precariously low that conservationists call for urgent conservation and captive breeding efforts to ensure its survival? ?. Historically, this species inhabited seven of Jamaica’s 14 parishes, flourishing in at least three distinct populations. Today, however, only two stronghold populations persist one in the rugged terrain of Cockpit Country and the other in the Blue and John Crow Mountains? ?.

13. First in Independence 

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Jamaica gained its independence in 1962 from Britain. In fact, it was the first Caribbean country to do so. However, they chose to stay a member of the British Commonwealth. Therefore, remaining under Queen Elizabeth II by tradition only. 

The original people of Jamaica were of Taino descent. However, they were nearly all victims of disease and slavery.  During the 19th century, Jamaica was populated with the freed slaves from the British and Spanish. And many of those freed slaves were the first settlers of the area. 

14. Bob Marley – Cornerstone of Jamaica’s Cultural Identity

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Bob Marley’s legacy is a cornerstone of Jamaica’s cultural identity, resonating through the vibrant rhythms of reggae music that have become synonymous with the country’s spirit. As Jamaica’s most illustrious son, Marley’s music continues to captivate the world, embodying the island’s history, struggles, and aspirations.

His messages of love, unity, and resistance transcend time and borders, making him a global icon and a proud symbol of Jamaican heritage. Visitors to Jamaica are often moved by the palpable influence of Marley’s artistry, evident in the island’s rhythmic heartbeat and the profound respect he garners worldwide. His home and recording studio, now the Bob Marley Museum, is a pilgrimage site for fans, preserving the flame of his legacy and ensuring that the essence of Jamaica’s rich musical landscape endures.

15. Birthplace of the Rastafarian Movement

One of the most compelling elements of Jamaica’s cultural tapestry is the Rastafari movement, a religious and political ideology that emerged in the 1930s. Rastafari blends Protestant Christianity, mysticism, and a pan-African political consciousness.

Rastafarians hold steadfast beliefs in being tested by Jah (God) and that people of African descent are living in exile. It was after the crowning of Haile Selassie I as Emperor of Ethiopia that the movement gained momentum. The movement has profoundly influenced global culture, particularly through reggae music, popularized by iconic figures like Bob Marley, making Rastafari far more than just a religious belief—it’s a cultural force that encapsulates a distinct worldview and a spirited way of life

16. Huge Pirate History

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Jamaica’s pirate history is a thrilling chapter of the island’s past, drawing visitors intrigued by tales of swashbuckling adventures and hidden treasures. The infamous Port Royal, once known as the “wickedest city on earth,” serves as a testament to the era when notorious pirates like Calico Jack and Blackbeard roamed the Caribbean waters, using Jamaica as their base.

This historical allure adds a layer of mystique to Jamaica’s already rich culture, inviting travelers to explore the sunken pirate city, learn about the daring exploits at local museums, and even embark on pirate-themed tours. The island’s pirate legacy contributes to its unique charm, making it an enthralling destination for those looking to delve into the real-life stories of piracy that once dominated the turquoise waves of the Jamaican coastline.

17. Ackee and Saltfish are its National Dish

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Everyone knows about Jamaican Jerk Chicken, however, it is not the national dish of Jamaica. That crown goes to Ackee and Saltfish. Ackee and saltfish is a savory meal, a hearty combination of sautéed saltfish and boiled ackee. It is enriched with a medley of aromatic herbs and spices like onions, thyme, Scotch Bonnet peppers, and tomatoes? ?.

The dish’s main component, ackee, is the national fruit of Jamaica, yet neither ackee nor saltfish are indigenous to the island. This breakfast staple, with roots dating back to the 18th century, reflects Jamaica’s complex colonial history? ?. Ackee and saltfish is as iconic to Jamaica as figures like Bob Marley and the ever-popular jerk chicken. Read more: Jamaican Food

Interesting Facts About Jamaica 

Interesting Facts About Jamaica

All of these facts about Jamaica are more of a reason to  visit one day  in the future! You’ll be so immersed in learning more and more about the country itself. 

Kingston is the Capital City of Jamaica

National Bird of Jamaica is the streamertail hummingbird (aka Doctor Bird)

What are 5 Interesting Facts About Jamaica?

  • Jamaica is renowned for its cultivation of sugar cane, bananas, and mangoes, although none of these are indigenous to the island. The original inhabitants, the Arawaks, cultivated corn and yams? ?.
  • The country is the producer of Blue Mountain Coffee, one of the rarest and most expensive coffees globally? ?.
  • It’s the third-largest island in the Caribbean, following Cuba and Hispaniola? ?.
  • Jamaica was the first country in the Western world to construct a railway, just 18 years after Great Britain? ?.
  • The island was once a Spanish-speaking country under Spanish rule from 1509 to 1655, which is reflected in many place names today? ?.

Tell me 2 Historical Facts About Jamaica.

  • The Arawaks from South America were the original inhabitants of Jamaica, calling the island Xaymaca, meaning “land of wood and water.” Their peaceful existence ended with the arrival of the Spaniards after Christopher Columbus discovered the island in 1494? ?.
  • Columbus landed in Jamaica on his second voyage in 1494, initially encountering hostility from the Arawak Indians. Despite no gold being found, the Spaniards claimed the island, leading to the Arawaks’ demise due to overwork, mistreatment, and diseases brought by the Europeans? ?.

How Old is Jamaica?

Age of Jamaica as a Country. Jamaica is 61 years old as a country, having been founded in the year 1962? ?.

Origin of the Name “Jamaica”:

The name “Jamaica” originates from the Arawak word Xaymaca, which Columbus heard as “Jamaica.” The Arawaks used this name to describe their island homeland long before the arrival of Europeans? ?.

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There are many interesting facts about the Bahamas. From pristine beaches to Hollywood films to Christopher Columbus, there are plenty of fun facts about the Bahamas to keep you entertained. Read on to find out more…

1. The Bahamas Have More Than 700 Islands

2. many hollywood movies were filmed in the bahamas, 3. you can find friendly swimming pigs across the islands, 4. the bahamas has a pink beach, 5. the bahamas has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, 6. christopher columbus discovered the bahamas , 7. bahamians cherish and protect wildlife, 8. the bahamas is just next to florida, 9. the bahamas is every fisherman’s heaven, 10. there is an underwater national park in the bahamas, 11. the flamingo is the national animal of the bahamas, 12. the bahamas is not a part of the us, 13. the name bahamas has spanish origins (means shallow sea), 14. the bahamas has the second deepest blue hole, 15. there’s a marching band on the bahamas’ currency, 16. there is no income tax in the bahamas, 17. junkanoo is the most popular bahamian festival, 18. conch is the national dish of the bahamas, 19. the bahamas has the third-largest barrier reef in the world, 20. the bahamas had snowfall in the past , 21. the world’s third-largest wine cellar is found in the bahamas, 22. the bahamas is one of the 11 countries with “the” in its name, 23. the bahamas is a great destination for diving and snorkeling, 24. the highest point in the bahamas is pretty low, 25. the bahama mama cocktail is a must-try, fun facts about the bahamas .

Located on the northwestern side of the West Indies, The Bahamas is truly a country that you can call a “ tropical heaven ”. It has turquoise-coloured water , pink beaches ( wow ), and lots of flamingos! 

It’s also an epic set of islands , found by Christopher Columbus. 

So, in this article, I’ll be elaborating more upon the various fun facts about The Bahamas. Let’s get into it!

25 Fun Facts About The Bahamas

The Bahamas is an archipelago, which has more than 700 islands and 2,400 cays . Out of these islands, only 30 are inhabited, whereas the rest are remote. Also, the total area covered by all the islands and cays is 5,358 square miles or 13,877 square kilometres . 

Among all the islands, the largest island in The Bahamas is Andros , with an area of 1,328 square kilometres . After this, the other large islands include Great Inagua (596 square kilometres) and South Andros (559 square kilometres). 

If you’re a cinephile, you should know these fun facts about The Bahamas!

It’s no surprise that The Bahamas is one of the best places for filming movies, due to its picturesque locations, clear-water beaches, and proximity to the US. 

Therefore, some of the blockbuster movies, like Casino Royale, Holiday In the Sun, Fool’s Gold , and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest were shot here. 

You can also visit the locations where these movies were shot. For instance, Grand Bahama, the northernmost island of The Bahamas, was a filming location for the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.

This is one of my favourite fun facts about The Bahamas! 

Did you know that you’ll find extremely friendly pigs swimming in the fresh waters of The Bahamas? In fact, there is Pig Beach in the Big Major Cay.

Now, the mystery behind the pigs is that nobody knows where they came from. According to some legends, these pigs were dropped off by sailors, who didn’t want to cook them. However, there are some other stories, which suggest that they survived a shipwreck. 

Even though their presence is a mystery, their friendly and warm nature is definitely not one. Hence, many people add “ swim with the pigs in The Bahamas ” to their bucket list! You’ll also find many tours and packages offering this. 

All my nature lovers are going to find these fun facts about The Bahamas quite fascinating! 

There is a pink beach in The Bahamas, the Pink Sands Beach , located on Harbour Island. This beach stretches for 5 kilometres or 3 miles , with clear blue water, and pink sand!

Now, there are some organisms responsible for the pale pink sand. The beach has some microscopic animals, known as the Foraminifera . These animals have a bright pink shell, with holes in it. 

Foraminifera lives in the water, and when it dies, the waves throw it on the shore. Therefore, you’ll see that the pink sand is more towards the water and the wet areas of the beach, rather than the dry areas. 

Apart from the pink beach, The Bahamas also has some other beautiful beaches. Let’s talk about such beaches in these fun facts about The Bahamas.

One of the most beautiful and accessible beaches in The Bahamas is Love Beach . This beach is known for its striking blue coastline and white sand. Moreover, the visitors can also spot some low-flying aeroplanes here, which elevates the experience.

Another lovely beach in The Bahamas is Cable Beach . This beach has everything that a person desires – excellent views, delicious food spots, and water activities too. 

There are other spectacular beaches in The Bahamas, such as Cabbage Beach and Taino Beach .

Here are some historical fun facts about The Bahamas!

When Christopher Columbus , an Italian sailor, and his crew were sailing across the Atlantic Ocean for over 10 weeks, they saw a new island. This island is a part of the current Bahamas.  

Christopher Columbus named this island “ San Salvador ”, and claimed it for the King and Queen of Spain. Note that the island was still populated, and Columbus referred to the locals as “ Indians ” as he thought he had reached the Indies. 

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If there’s one thing I love about The Bahamas, it is that they know how to cherish and protect wildlife . These fun facts about The Bahamas will prove that. 

The Bahamas has many stunning beaches, coral reefs, and a variety of flora and fauna. To protect these, the Bahamians have put several initiatives in place. 

For instance, there is a non-profit organisation, The Bahamas National Trust , which manages the 32 national parks of the region.

In 2011 , The Bahamas also started the first shark sanctuary to take care of the sharks and prevent their hunting . 

As I mentioned in these fun facts about The Bahamas, this archipelago is pretty close to the US. However, it is not true for all states. Instead, The Bahamas is mainly close to the eastern side of the US.

Certain states, like Florida , have close proximity to The Bahamas. The distance between The Bahamas and Florida is only around 50 kilometres , as the former is located on the east side of Florida’s Southern coast. 

If you love fishing, these fishing-related fun facts about The Bahamas are for you. 

The Bahamas has many exciting fishing spots, as it’s a large archipelago in itself. Moreover, it also has many fish species, out of which 248 fish species are endemic to The Bahamas.

Some of the most popular fish for fishing in The Bahamas include tuna, marlin, sailfish, wahoo, cobia , and amberjack . Other varieties available for inshore fishing include kingfish and redfish . 

In the above fun facts about The Bahamas, I mentioned how there are 32 national parks in the whole region. Out of these national parks, The Bahamas also has one unique underwater national park. 

The Lucayan National Park, a 40-acre park, has the world’s longest network of underwater caves . Visitors can go snorkelling here, and explore the sights like Ben’s Cave, Gold Rock Beach, and Garden of the Groves. 

If you’ve ever looked at the pictures of The Bahamas, you might’ve come across a picture of flamingos too. Well, it is because the flamingo is the national animal of the country. Let’s discuss some related fun facts about the Bahamas. 

A flamingo is a reddish-pink and long-legged bird. Today, there are over 50,000 flamingos in The Bahamas. Moreover, the 2-dollar coin of The Bahamas also has two flamingos facing each other on it!

Be prepared for some shocking fun facts about The Bahamas, including this one! 

Most of us often think that The Bahamas is a part of the US, due to its close proximity to the country. But, that is not the case. 

Instead, The Bahamas is an island country, located in the Lucayan Archipelago of the West Indies, in the Atlantic Ocean .  

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Now, here are some naming-related fun facts about The Bahamas. 

The word “Bahamas” has origins in the Spanish language. It’s derived from the Spanish word “ bajamar ”, which translates to “ shallow water ”. Many believe that it’s because The Bahamas has several coral reefs and shallow banks. 

There are some controversies on this topic too, as some people believe that the name is of Lucayan Taino (the natives of The Bahamas) origin. 

These fun facts about The Bahamas are related to blue holes , a type of sinkhole or vertical cave. You can spot a blue hole due to its deep blue colour. 

The Bahamas has the second deepest Blue Hole, the Dean’s Blue Hole , situated on Long Island. This blue hole is estimated to be at least 663 feet deep , with a diameter of 25 to 35 metres. After 65 feet, the diameter also increases to 100 metres !

In Dean’s Blue Hole, you’ll find a wide variety of marine animals, like tropical fish species, seahorses, turtles , and many more. 

Every country’s currency has something unique about it. Similarly, The Bahamas currency also has one-of-a-kind images on it, like the one-dollar note. 

The Bahamas’ one-dollar note has a marching band on it, unlike any other currency in the world! The marching band represents the Royal Bahamas Police Force .

There are only a few countries in the world with no income tax, and The Bahamas is one of them! Therefore, the citizens of The Bahamas don’t have to pay any tax on their income (sounds relieving, doesn’t it?), inheritance, or capital gains. 

Due to its tax-free economy, The Bahamas has become a great location for many businesses and entrepreneurs. 

Note that even if there’s no income tax, the residents still have to pay other taxes like value-added tax (VAT) and property tax. Customs duties are levied too here. 

The Bahamas isn’t just about pretty places, but tradition and culture too. 

Bahamians celebrate various festivals, and Junkanoo is the most popular one here! This festival is celebrated on Boxing Day (26th December) and New Year’s Day (1st January). 

Junkanoo is a carnival of everything fun – music, dancing, and colourful clothes . There are street parades, dance and music performances, and competitions. People with the most creative costumes and the best dance routines are also given cash prizes. 

Now, it is a crime to not talk about the food while discussing the fun facts about The Bahamas!

Like every island country, The Bahamas also has many unique seafood dishes. Out of these, Conch (pronounced as “konk”) is the national dish of the region. 

Conch is a type of marine mollusc, known for having a large shell and soft and delicious meat. It is used for preparing many dishes, such as conch salad and cracked conch . 

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You may have heard of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia as it’s the largest barrier reef in the world. But, did you know that The Bahamas has the third-largest barrier reef?

The Andros Barrier Reef is 305 kilometres or 190 miles long. It is home to some of the most beautiful corals like the staghorn coral, brain coral, and elkhorn coral. 

When you look at a beach country like The Bahamas, you won’t think about snow there. However, The Bahamas has also received snowfall once many decades ago. 

In January 1977, cold winds from southern Florida reached The Bahamas. This led to a snowfall in the city of Freeport, in Grand Bahama.

If you’re a wine connoisseur , you need to know these wine-related fun facts about the Bahamas. 

The third-largest wine cellar in the world, Graycliff Wine Cellar, is located in Nassau in The Bahamas. The cellar has over 275,000 wines and also has the world’s oldest drinkable wine in the world.

The official name of The Bahamas is the “Commonwealth of the Bahamas”, and it’s one of the few countries that has “The” in its name. 

Some of the other 10 countries include – Union of the Comoros, Republic of the Congo, Kingdom of the Netherlands, and Republic of the Sudan.

The Bahamas is one of the best destinations for diving and snorkelling, as it has more than 700 big and small islands! It also has around 3,000 coral reefs that offer an unforgettable experience to divers and snorkelers. 

Also, scuba divers and snorkelers can get to see unique marine life including tropical fish species, sharks, dolphins, rays, and sea turtles. 

The Bahamas doesn’t really have a lot of high points, as it’s made up of flatlands, sandbars, and coral reefs. 

Even the highest point here, Mount Alvernia located on Cat Island, is just 207 feet or 63 metres above sea level.

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The Bahamas is famous for its special cocktail, The Bahama Mama Cocktail! 

This cocktail is a mix of regular rum, coconut-flavoured rum, orange juice , and grenadine . You can guess by its content that it’s definitely a drink that offers a tropical feel. 

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The beauty of The Bahamas is simply unmatched due to the kind of picturesque views it provides. So, I hope that these fun facts about The Bahamas taught you more about this lovely country, and made you want to visit it soon!

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20 interesting facts about the Great Barrier Reef

We share the most interesting facts about the Great Barrier Reef gathered on our week-long visit

We’ve all seen pictures of the Great Barrier Reef: a pearl-string of reefs and lagoons boasting every imaginable shade of blue. This natural wonder in Australia teems with life.

Marine animals here vary from microscopic plankton to whales weighing 100 tonnes. It is a riot of colour, a carnival of life. Clownfish of bursting orange curl next to fish of luminous blue. It is a true spectacle – but what exactly is the Great Barrier Reef ? Is it really bigger than Italy and can it really be seen from space?

We share the most interesting facts about the Great Barrier reef gathered on our small-ship expedition over the course of a week.

Interesting facts about the Great Barrier Reef

1. The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest living structure. It is made of 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands. (Source: National Geographic , BBC )

Interesting facts about The Great Barrier Reef: it is the world’s largest living structure

2. The Great Barrier Reef stretches over 1,250mi (2,000km) north to south and covers some 135,000 sq mi (350,000 sq km) in total. This is bigger than Italy and almost the size of Germany. (Source: Britannica , CIA World Factbook )

3. One of the most delightful interesting facts about the Great Barrier Reef is that astronauts can see it from space. (Source: NASA )

4. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The others are Aurora Borealis, the Harbour of Rio de Janeiro, the Grand Canyon, Mount Everest, Paricutin volcano and Victoria Falls. (Source: Guardian )

5. Coral polyps – typically no bigger than a grain of rice – are the basic building blocks of the Great Barrier Reef. These tiny colonial animals contain a symbiotic algae in their cells. As the algae photosynthesise, each fuelled polyp secretes a “house” of calcium carbonate. One house settles on top of another and the colony expands like a city. Other marine animals grab on, helping to cement all the pieces together and thereby grow the reef. (Link: National Geographic )

Escape Reef is of the best dive sites in the Great Barrier Reef

6. The Great Barrier Reef is ancient. Parts of it date back as much as 20 million years. (Source: BBC )

7. Reefs grow only about half an inch (1.3cm) a year. (Source: National Geographic )

8. The Great Barrier Reef is home to a diverse array of animals including 1,625 species of fish, 1,400 coral reef species, more than 3,000 species of molluscs, six of the world’s seven species of marine turtle, 133 species of sharks and rays and 30 species of whales and dolphins. (Source: GBRMPA )

9. Dugongs, also known as sea cows, are threatened on a worldwide scale. The Great Barrier Reef has 11,000 of them, making it the world’s largest and most important refuge for dugong. (Source: GBRMPA , BBC )

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10. The Great Barrier Reef is home to the box jellyfish, the most dangerous marine animal to humans. Its sting is so painful, human victims have been known to go into shock and drown or die of heart failure before even reaching shore. (Source: GBRMPA , National Geographic )

11. In 2012, Google launched the very first underwater Street View on the Great Barrier Reef . (Source: Google )

12. One of the most spectacular events to occur on the Great Barrier Reef is the annual synchronised spawning of coral. Resembling an underwater snowstorm, the mass spawning sees colonies of coral polyps simultaneously releasing billions of tiny egg and sperm bundles into the water. This synchrony – which scientists still do not fully understand – is crucial because the “blizzard” makes it more likely that fertilisation will occur. (Source: GBRMPA , NOAA )

13. The Great Barrier Reef is a huge draw for tourists with around two million visiting every year. (Source: National Geographic )

The Great Barrier Reef attracts 2m visitors a year

14. The Great Barrier Reef has an average depth of 35m in its inshore waters, while on outer reefs, continental slopes extend down to depths of more than 2,000m. (Source: GBRMPA )

15. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1981. (Source: UNESCO )

16. One of the less-known interesting facts about the Great Barrier Reef is that it’s home to one of the greatest wildlife wrecks on Earth. The SS Yongala is a 100m passenger ship that sank in the lagoon in 1911 and, located at a depth of 30m, has become a vibrant fish sanctuary as well as a hotspot for divers. (Source: The Guardian )

17. European exploration of the area began in 1770 when British explorer Captain James Cook ran aground his ship, the Endeavour, on the Great Barrier Reef. After jettisoning guns and supplies to lighten the ship, the crew managed to free it. (Source: Britannica )

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18. One of the more sobering interesting facts about the Great Barrier Reef is that it has suffered a number of mass bleachings, a process which can kill coral. It is caused by a number of factors including climate change, poor water quality, coastal development and overfishing. (Source: Great Barrier Reef Foundation )

19. In 2016, Outside Magazine ran an obituary for the Great Barrier Reef in an attempt to draw attention to its plight. Scientists said the claims were well meaning but undermined efforts to safeguard the reef including citizen scientist programs, reef conservation projects and sustainable tourism that funds conservation. (Source: Outside )

20. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority charges a tourist tax of $6.50 per person per day to help fund conservation efforts. It also maintains a list of high standard tourism operators to encourage visitors to choose responsible companies. (Source: GBRMPA )

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Visiting the Great Barrier Reef: the essentials

What: Visiting the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Where: We visited the Great Barrier Reef with  Coral Expeditions , the only reef-wide operator named by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority as a high standard tourism operator .

Our Upper Deck Stateroom was exceedingly comfortable and surprisingly spacious with plenty of storage and stunning sea views.

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Pre-dinner drinks were served on the top deck and meals were taken in the lower-deck dining room where chef Mark cooked up feasts for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as morning and afternoon tea.

The maximum capacity of 44 guests (ours had 22) makes for excellent camaraderie and atmosphere, enhanced further by a delightful crew. Overall, it is a wonderful way to explore the Great Barrier Reef.

When: The best time to visit the Great Barrier Reef is Jul-Oct for high visibility and low rain and wind.

How: We joined Coral Expeditions for a 7-night expedition from Cairns to Hinchinbrook Island to Lizard Island and back to Cairns.

Prices starts from $3,680 AUD ($2,720 USD) per person and include all meals, tea and coffee, snorkelling equipment and wetsuits, snorkelling excursions, guided glass bottom boat trips, presentations by marine biologists, access to islands, marine parks and national parks, an introductory scuba skills session for first-time divers and transfer back to a Cairns hotel or Cairns Airport. Prices do not include dives ($80 AUD / $60 USD per person, per dive) or stinger suits. Note that there is no internet access on board.

Expeditions depart from and return to the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal. You will be given joining instructions prior to departure which are worth reading carefully as taxi drivers won’t always know exactly where to go.

Cairns itself can be reached by car using  Hertz Australia , by bus using  Greyhound Australia or by flight into Cairns Airport. Book domestic or international flights via Skyscanner for the best prices.

Lonely Planet Australia is a comprehensive guide to the country, ideal for those who want to both explore the top sights and take the road less travelled.

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17 interesting facts about tourism and travel in general

Here are 17 interesting facts about tourism and travel in general.

The definition of tourism means leaving your locality in search of new impressions.

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People get out of personal comfort zone to get pleasure somewhere else. Tourists and travelers are truly amazing people.

Dennis Tito – the first space tourist

One such amazing tourist is Dennis Tito, who has dreamed of living in space for many years or at least make a trip there. At first, he was denied by NASA that thought he was not physically fit. Then he had to overcome obstacles in Russia, where Mir station, the intended destination, went down according to the terms of operation. Only in 2001, Tito was able to make a tourist visit in space on the Soyuz TM-32 spaceship – an apparatus that delivers cargo to the ISS. For the implementation of his dream, Dennis had to pay $20 million. But this amount is nothing in comparison to the emotions he received.

Sex tourism

It turns out that sex tourism appeared a very long time ago. It became a kind of manifestation of feminism as early as the beginning of the 19th century. Women, alone or in groups, traveled abroad to indulge in pleasures with foreigners.

Affordable tours

The first affordable tour was organized by the English enthusiast Thomas Cook in 1841. He invited the poor people to ride a train, paying only one shilling for a trip. The passengers were served rolls with drinks and musicians played music for them.

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Buy gold from a machine

If you like gold jewelry, you would probably like to know that in Abu Dhabi there are machines selling gold. This is the only place in the world where this type of service is offered.

Thailand – a popular place among many travelers

Thailand is a favorite destination for many travelers. It has become a place of mass visit by tourists after the war in Vietnam. During the ongoing military operations, the soldiers of the US Army came there to rest.

Japan offers exotic pleasures

Japan lures tourists with its various exotic offers. One of them is the creation of giant paintings from sprouts of rice. These works of art can be seen flying over the fields in a helicopter or hot air balloon.

Bringing souvenirs back

Who does not want to bring a souvenir after visiting the architectural monument of antiquity? This is especially true for tourist countries, such as Greece or Italy. In order to preserve the buildings and not offend the tourists, the museum workers of Parthenon are asked to scatter the pieces of marble at night around the territory of the museum so the tourists could bring them back.

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Visiting the Chernobyl zone

Those, who love extravagant holidays, are offered a visit to the Chernobyl zone. It was recognized as a super-extravagant tourist place, where you can see things you can see nowhere else in the world.

Hitler loved traveling

Adolf Hitler was a fervent admirer of tourism. He believed that active travels tempered people and made them real fighters.

Harry Potter’s grave in Israel

There is another attraction for guests of Israel besides historical artifacts and natural beauties. This is the grave of Harry Potter. However, the grave contains not a well-known character but an ordinary soldier of the British army who died on Israeli soil in 1939.

You can’t visit Muslim countries after being in Israel

Tense relations between the countries in the Middle East affect the tourism business. Thus, for example, a person, whose passport has a visa to Israel, cannot visit neighboring Muslim countries, even if he has visas for them.

The biggest hotels are in the USA

The largest hotels are built in the USA. In total, there are two dozen of them. Of these largest hotel complexes, seventeen are located in Las Vegas.

Protesting against the bourgeois environment

At the beginning of the 20th century, a trend appeared among the rich young people. It was called wandering schoolchildren. It was a protest against the bourgeois environment in which they grew up. Young people traveled to places with a harsh climate and difficult conditions for survival. This way, they tried to express themselves and feel the essence of real life. Find out more about this trend on the essay writing help service.

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Unusual things people forget in hotels

One of the most unusual items forgotten by visitors to the hotels was an urn with ashes. A man who brought the remains of his spouse to disperse them to over a memorable place forgot the urn in a hotel. Being afraid that he would not have time to reach his destination at rush hour, he hastily left the urn on the windowsill. He returned after it an hour later.

Wedding hassle

Wedding turmoil makes you forget not only flowers or rings but also your own children. One young couple once forgot their eight-month-old baby in a hotel room, thinking that relatives had already taken him. Seeing the absence of the baby, they immediately returned.

Zoo on the contrary

You can feel yourself a resident of the zoo at the Oran Zoo in New Zealand. Here, the visitors to the zoo are lions. Animals live as in a natural environment, on an area of 80 hectares. Extremals are placed in a cage and taken out in a van to the territory of the lions. Curious predators encircle the aviary from all sides.

Hotels made of salt

The world’s largest solonchak area of more than 10 thousand square kilometers, which appeared on the site of the dried-up Lake Uyuni, is in Bolivia. There are several hotels built entirely of salt on the territory. Not only the walls of the hotel are made of salt, but also furniture, and other items. The administration strictly forbids lodgers to lick their temporary possessions because this can cause irreparable harm.

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Tourism. Facts and perspectives worldwide

In this brief document, we want to highlight some interesting facts about the huge importance of Tourism worldwide. Moreover, we are going to underline some specific data that was published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2022.

First, lets start saying that the concept of “Tourism” encompasses both: direct activities (hotel occupancy, meals or visiting touristic attractions), and indirect activities (transportation, laundry and many other activities). Second, in order to “qualify” as a tourist, according with the World Trade Organization (WTO), we must travel and spend no more than one year living outside of our habitual residence, even though such trip is for leisure, business or any other reason. Such criteria explain why it is complex to obtain reliable data about Tourism Industry.

Sometimes talking about numbers or statistics may be boring or vague, however there are some facts about tourism that are strong enough to understand the importance of the industry worldwide. Some of those figures are:

  • Supports around 6% – 7% of world`s workers (including indirect employment)
  • Represents 5% of the world GDP
  • Global tourism industry worths 1 USD trillion a year
  • In over 150 countries, tourism is one of five top export earners

With such information it is clear that tourism industry has been, is, and will be, a key economic factor for many countries (maybe for all) and globally speaking. Acknowledging that fact, we reviewed the Travel & Tourism Development Index (TTDI) [1] in order to know what the factors and polices are that enables the sustainable and resilient development of the Travel & Tourism (T&T) sector, and according with this interesting report, they are as follow:

  • Enabling Environment. Captures general conditions for operating in a country (Business Environment; Safety and Security; Heath & Hygiene; Human Resources; ICT Readiness).
  • Travel & Tourism policies. Covers strategic aspects, for instance, Prioritization of T&T, International openness; Price Competitiveness.
  • Infrastructure. Asses Physical infrastructure: Air transport; Ground and port; Tourist Service infrastructure.
  • T&T Demand Drivers. It relates to identify “reasons to travel” (Natural, Cultural, Non-Leisure Resources).
  • T&T Sustainability. Measures potential sustainability risks and challenges related with environment, overcrowding demand,

A general conclusion of this report state that, after losing about 4.5 USD trillions and more than 62 million jobs in 2021, the T&T industry is gaining pace worldwide, however from the WEF perspective, the industry has changed and countries must review its policies and strategies for speed up such recovery.

Travel & Tourism Development Index 2021: Rebuilding for a Sustainable and Resilient Future | World Economic Forum (weforum.org)

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[1] TTDI is a document that according with WEF “is a evolution of the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index which has been published biennially for the past 15 years”.

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National Tourism Day: Facts about India you might not know

Arka Roy Chowdhury , TRAVEL TRENDS , INDIA Updated : Jan 25, 2022, 12:02 IST

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Amazing India

It's the National Tourism Day today, and the perfect time to look at some of the most astonishing travel facts about India. The ancient country is home to so many stories, folklores, and beauties that you can spend an entire lifetime travelling and exploring the country.

​Number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The country is home to 40 UNESCO heritage sites. The last site to be added to the World Heritage Site list is Dholavira, a Harappan city that is located in the city of Gujarat. The country currently has 32 cultural sites, 7 natural sites, and one mixed property.

​India’s most organic state

The Himalayan state of Sikkim has come out as the most organic state in present day India. The state reportedly has some 47.3% under forest cover. Moreover, the state has also banned single-use plastic, which includes packaged drinking water bottles. The state had also banned all pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, and GMOs.

​Highest rail bridge in the world

The country is home to the highest rail bridge in the world. The 1,315 m long Chenab bridge is located in Jammu and Kashmir, and is 35 m higher than the Eiffel Tower. The engineering marvel has been designed to withstand high speed wind, up to 266 km/hr.

​One of the most untouched places on earth

India’s North Sentinel Island is one of the most untouched places in the world. The island is home to the Sentinelese people, who have isolated themselves from the world. It was in the news sometime ago when an international traveller tried to make contact with the tribals, but was attacked by the inhabitants.

​The oldest fort in India

Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra Fort is said to be the oldest in the country. It used to be home to royal treasures, and is said to have been built 3500 years ago. The Kangra Fort withstood 52 attacks during its lifetime. Today, the fort is standing in ruins, and is on the outskirts of the town of Kangra.

​Number of wildlife sanctuaries

India’s diverse landscape has allowed a wide range of holiday activities, and wildlife tourism is certainly one of the top things in the country. The country has a total of 566 wildlife sanctuaries. Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan is the largest wildlife sanctuary in the country.

​Cleanest village in Asia

Though India can be a chaotic place, full of traffic and busy people, there are parts of it that can be absolutely breathtaking. Take Mawlynnong for example. It is located in the state of Meghalaya, and has been ranked as the cleanest village in Asia. The beautiful village is picturesque, and is certainly one of the most interesting places in northeast India.

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National Tourism Day: Facts about India you might not know

It's the National Tourism Day today, and the perfect time to look at some of the most astonishing travel facts about India. The ancient country is home to so many stories, folklores, and beauties that...

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National Tourism Day 2023: 10 Interesting Facts About Indian Tourism That You Must Know

National Tourism Day 2023: The country celebrates this special occasion every year before Republic Day. Read below to know some amazing and interesting facts about the Indian tourism sector.

  • By Prerna Targhotra
  • Published: Tue, 24 Jan 2023 03:17 PM (IST)
  • Source: JND
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INDIA celebrates the occasion of National Tourism Day a day before Republic Day. National Tourism is a day established by the Government to promote the culture and boost the tourism sector of the country. It is observed to highlight the importance of tourism for the economy of the country.

India is a land of rich culture and diversity. Every corner of the country has something fascinating to provide and something beautiful for the eyes to capture. With 29 states and 7 union territories, India is one of the best countries with eyeconic destinations and attracts millions of tourists every year. Therefore, on this occasion, we bring you some interesting facts about the tourism sector of the country.

Interesting Facts About Indian Tourism

1. The travel and tourism industry contributed a total of $124.8 billion to the GDP in India in 2015 — this accounted for approximately 6% of India’s total GDP.

2. Tourism in India provides 40 million jobs. The sector is expected to grow at an annual average growth rate of 7.9% till 2023, making India the third fastest-growing tourism destination over the next decade.

3. Tourist arrivals in India increased to 8,91,000 in November from 7,54,000 in October 2016. It averaged 4,26,846.43 from 2000 until 2016, reaching an all-time high of 9,13,000 in December 2015 and a record low of 1,29,286 in May 2001.

4. The country is home to 40 UNESCO heritage sites. The last site to be added to the World Heritage Site list is Dholavira, a Harappan city that is located in the city of Gujarat. The country currently has 32 cultural sites, 7 natural sites, and one mixed property.

5. The Himalayan state of Sikkim has come out as the most organic state in present-day India. The state reportedly has some 47.3% under forest cover. Moreover, the state has also banned single-use plastic, which includes packaged drinking water bottles.

6. The country is home to the highest rail bridge in the world. The 1,315 m long Chenab bridge is located in Jammu and Kashmir and is 35 m higher than the Eiffel Tower.

7. India’s North Sentinel Island is one of the most untouched places in the world. The island is home to the Sentinelese people, who have isolated themselves from the world

8. Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra Fort is said to be the oldest in the country. It used to be home to royal treasures and is said to have been built 3500 years ago. The Kangra Fort withstood 52 attacks during its lifetime. Today, the fort is standing in ruins and is on the outskirts of the town of Kangra.

9. India is home to one of the seven wonders of the world- the Taj Mahal. The memorial built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal represents the architectural styles of Persia, Islam, Turkey, and India.

10. In 2013, Mumbai was the second cheapest city in the world for US travelers staying in five-star hotels.

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