40 Crazy Travel Facts

Travel can be many things: scary, profound, educational, and sometimes, life-changing. It can also be quite surprising.

Accordingly, we scoured the internet and found 40 crazy travel facts. Enjoy!

1. The German word “fernweh” means “far sickness,” or an intense urge to travel.

2. Jet lag feels worse if you travel from west to east.

3. Good for the soul and the heart: Taking a vacation can lower your risk of heart disease.

40 crazy travel facts
Enjoy a mix of relaxation and sea turtle conservation on Discover Corps’ Costa Rica Sea Turtle Initiative

4. The U.S. is the only developed country in the world without a single legally required paid vacation day or holiday. Yikes.

5. 99% of Libya is desert.

6. There are 61,000 people in the air over the U.S. at any given time on any given day. That’s a lot of SkyMiles!

7. One-third of the world’s airports are located in the U.S.

8. The shortest international commercial flight available for purchase is a 15 minute trip from Sint Maarten (Dutch Caribbean) to Anguilla (British Overseas Territory).

9. The pilot and his assistant must eat different food in order not to upset their stomachs at the same time.

10. There’s a good chance you may see a lake or two when visiting Canada. In fact, it has over three million lakes. That’s 60% of the world’s total.

11. If traveling to Thailand, it’s important to know the official, full name of Bangkok is: (see image below)

40 crazy travel facts
Explore more of Thailand with Discover Corp’s Thailand Cultural Kaleidoscope                                            Photo Source: icstravelgroup.com/bangkoks-real-name/

12. There’s a lot to explore when heading to Russia. Incredibly, the country is bigger than Pluto.

13. There is a town in Norway just called A.

14. Bring a full bottle of water with you when in Saudi Arabia. This country officially has zero rivers.

15. Over 820 languages are spoken in Papua New Guinea, or 12% of the world’s total.

16. During a normal flight, the temperature outside your plane is around -60ºFThat’s colder than almost anywhere on Earth at any given moment of the year.

17. A single Boeing 777 Engine delivers twice the horsepower of all the Titanic’s engines combined. Giddyup!

18. There is enough fuel in a Boeing 747 plane to power a car around the entire planet 4 times.

19. The Eiffel Tower is a daily place of work for 600 Parisians.

20. Need some beach time? Australia has over 10,000 beaches. If inclined you could visit a new beach every day for over 27 years.

40 crazy travel facts
Stroll on pristine beaches with Discover Corps’ Australia Beachside Wildlife Adventure

21. Travel to Antarctica is rare for most people, but not for meteorites. 90% of all meteorites are found there.

22. The Great Barrier Reef is the only living structure visible from outer space.

23. Introvert personalities are more likely to pick mountainous locations for a holiday, while extroverts prefer the beach.

24. With its abundance of happy words, Spanish is rated as the happiest language in the world. Time for some Rosetta Stone!

25. Presently, almost 50% of Americans research, book, and plan their trips to a new travel destination using only a mobile device.

26. Did you know, in Morocco, there are goats that regularly climb trees to have a meal?

27. Continents shift at about the same rate as your fingernails grow. Nailed it!

28. The northern hemisphere is home to 90% of the world’s population.

29. Sloths get a bad rap for being lazy, but amazingly they can hold their breath underwater for up to 40 minutes.

40 crazy travel facts
Scout for sloths, monkeys and more on Discover Corps’ Costa Rica Wildlife Safari

30. Kiribati is the only country in the world to fall into all four hemispheres, straddling the equator and extending into the eastern and western hemispheres.

31. Unbeknownst to many, more than 30 million people in China live in underground caves.

32. All roads lead to Rome! Especially when there’s a city named Rome on every continent (aside from Antartica, of course!).

33. No matter where you travel, you’ll probably spot a cow. There’s a good chance you spot their buddy nearby too, as research has found that cows have best friends.

34. Don’t want a crash while on a safari? It could be a good thing, as a group of Rhinos goes by the name crash.

35. Efficiency is the name of the game. Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport has the least number of canceled flights in the world with a cancellation rate of just 0.07 percent.

36. Mexico City is sinking by up to 15 inches a year in certain places.

37. The famous “Panama Hat” actually comes from the country of Ecuador.

38. Rice was used in the construction of the Great Wall of China. Resourceful

40 crazy travel facts
Experience the Great Wall of China and pandas on Discover Corps’ Panda Conservation Adventure

39. You can lose more than 60 fluid ounces of water from your body during a ten-hour flight. Stay hydrated amigos.

40. And lastly, need some inspiration? Travel has been proven to increase creativity.

2 responses to “40 Crazy Travel Facts

  1. wow !!! Amazing post .. I was really looking for this kind of post , as i am fond of travel and knowing about travel is something i like. thanks a lot for sharing this.

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