Interesting Travel Facts

As like many, at the time of writing, we live in an area where all but essential travel is allowed. But, we will travel again. Our desire to travel has not waned. We still crave to find out more about this fascinating and diverse world. With this in mind, we have been busy researching to share with you some interesting travel facts.

So sit back and have a read about where you can find a free public wine fountain, what is the longest commercial flight and which country has the most ancient pyramids.

Note: This is something that is definitely not suitable for those who suffer from Hodophobia - the extreme, irrational fear of travelling :)

60% of the lakes on earth are located in Canada. The largest is Great Bear Lake which is found in the Northwest Territories.

Italy has a free public wine fountain. Head to the small town on Ortona where the Fora Sarchese Winery has opened this year-round facility. It has yet to be revealed the specific kind of wine that flows through the fountain but looking at the traveller reviews, it's pretty positive! Chin Chin!

The Great Wall of China's strength is derived from sticky rice. A paste of sticky rice flour and lime was the standard ingredient in the mortar used to bind the building blocks. This sticky rice mortar did such a good job of binding the bricks together that in many places weeds (still) cannot grow.

Longest commercial flight is Singapore to New York. The Singapore Airlines' route has an average journey time of 17 hours, 50 minutes.

Japanese trains are reputedly the most punctual in the world. If a train is running more than 5 minutes behind schedule, passengers are issued a 'delay certificate' which can be shown to bosses and teachers to explain lateness.

India's trains transport around 23 million passengers a day! This is the equivalent of the entire population of Australia! If the rail tracks were laid in a single line, India's railway network would circle the world 1.5 times.

The world's most expensive airport cab ride. If you have money to burn, then take a cab from Tokyo's Narita airport into the city. This trip is said to be the most expensive airport to city transfer in the world. It'll set you back £191 - one way.

Saudi Arabia has no rivers. It is one of 17 countries in the world without a single river flowing through it. In late 2019, Saudi Arabia opened it's doors to tourists (but the doors are currently closed due to the pandemic).

It's always the same time in China. Despite spanning 5 time zones, China has just one set time that is observed throughout the entire country.

Australia's Great Ocean Road is a War Memorial. It was built by soldiers and dedicated to those who lost their lives in WW1. This makes it the largest War Memorial in the world.

Sudan has more ancient pyramids than Egypt. There are 250 pyramid structures in Sudan compared to 100 located in Egypt.

Rocks, Turmeric, Shells and Cloth are still used as currency. The island of Yap, a state in Micronesia (in the Western Pacific Ocean) still uses these traditional objects to trade.

In Disneyland, you're never more than 30 steps away from a rubbish bin. Walt Disney used to observe park visitors and see how many steps they took before littering. So that's why one is placed never more than 30 steps away from each other.

Around £1 million in change is thrown into the Trevi Fountain each year. The money is collected from time to time and donated to charity.

The Palm islands in Dubai contain enough sand to fill almost 3 Empire State Buildings. Around 3 billion cubic metres of sand was dredged from the sea floor to start the first island in 2001.

Despite what's said you can't see The Great Wall of China from space. To be seen by the human eye, it needs magnification.

Bangkok has the longest name of any city in the world - it's official. Locals call Bangkok "Krung Thep" (which means City of Angels). It's full name is Krung Thep Maha Nakhon.

San Marino is the only country that has more cars than people.

Las Vegas has the largest number of hotel rooms in the whole world. In 2019, this was estimated at just under 150,000 rooms.

In San Francisco it's illegal to feed the pigeons.

Want to visit the world's largest underground cemetery? Head to Paris!

A third of the world's airports are located in the USA.

There is a town in Norway called 'A' - the shortest name for a town.

In Egypt, it's deemed rude to salt or season your food once it's served. Step away from the salt cellar and pepper grinders to avoid offence.

Jet lag feels worse if you travel from west to east. Travelling from east to west makes the day longer and therefore easier for your brain to adapt.

Fancy a day at the beach? Head to Australia who have over 10,000 beaches - meaning you could visit a new beach every day for over 27 years.

With the exception on Antarctica, there is a city named 'Rome' in every continent.

The famous Panama Hat actually comes from Ecuador.

During a 10 hour flight, you can lose more than 1.5 litres of water from your body. Important to stay hydrated everyone!