21 of the most random travel facts we've learnt through Zoom family quizzes

Have you run out of things to do while in lockdown? Maybe the conversation has dried up with the family during video calls? What better way to pass the time than with a Zoom family quiz? You can be sure a travel-themed round will pop up and that’s your cue to impress everyone with your travel knowledge! Get ready for your next game of trivia with these random travel facts we’ve learnt through Zoom quizzes.

1. Which country has the most time zones?

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France covers more time zones than any country on the planet, with 12 standard time zones. It beats out Russia and the United States, which have 11 time zones each.

2. Which country has the most lakes?

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Canada has more lakes than any other country in the world, with more than two million lakes. In fact, out of all the natural lakes in the world, over half are found in Canada. In total, a massive 9% of Canada’s surface is covered in fresh water. Amazing!

3. What is the largest city in the world by landmass?

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Image credit: llee_wu / Flickr

The world’s largest city is Hulunbuir in Mongolia, with an area of 263,953 square kilometres. That’s about half the size of France and it’s just one city. Hulunbuir is located in a rural grasslands region of Mongolia, and despite its size, the city’s population is only 2.5 million people. So much wide open space to run around!

4. Which country is bigger than Pluto?

It’s hard to believe but with a surface area of 17,098,242 square kilometres, Russia is even bigger than Pluto, which has a surface area of 16.7 square kilometres.

5. Where would you find the world’s highest waterfall?

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Image credit: Luis Carillo, Venezuela / Wikimedia Commons

Standing at 984 metres in height, the Angel Falls (Salto Ángel) in Venezuela is the highest waterfall on the planet. The falls have a massive uninterrupted drop of 806 metres and are one of the world’s most incredible natural wonders.

6. Which country has the world’s largest concentration of animals?

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Home to more than four million wild animals, Tanzania has the world’s largest concentration of animals per square kilometre. Even more incredible, the country holds around 20% of all the species of Africa’s large mammal population.

7. How much money is thrown in the Trevi fountain each day?

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Tourists throw a staggering €3,000 worth of change into the Fontana di Trevi in Rome every day, thanks to a local legend that says if you toss a coin from your right hand over your left shoulder, you’ll return to Rome some day. In 2016, an estimated €1.4 million (US$1.5 million) was thrown in the iconic fountain, but it doesn’t go to waste – the money is collected and donated to charity each year.

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8. Which country has the most languages?

Papua New Guinea has the most languages, with more than 850 living languages. Tok Pisin is one of the official languages of the country and is the most widely used language in Papua New Guinea. Indonesia takes second place, with over 700 living languages.

9. What is the driest place on Earth?

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Image credit: David Saul / Wikimedia Commons

When you think of Antarctica you picture ice and snow, but the Dry Valleys of Antarctica are actually the driest place on the planet. The valleys have extremely low humidity and almost no ice or snow, while the nearby mountains are so high they block ice from flowing to the valleys.

What’s more, the valleys are home to powerful katabatic winds and it hasn’t rained there for millions of years. In fact, this dry spot is considered to be the most similar environment out of anywhere on Earth to the planet Mars.

10. What is the most visited country in the world?

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France tops the world’s most visited countries list year after year, and in 2019 it took top spot with 86.9 million visitors. Spain came in second place with 81.8 million visitors, while the USA was third with 76.9 million visitors.

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11. Which country has the world’s only non-quadrilateral national flag?

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Nepal is the only country in the world to have a non-quadrilateral national flag. Instead, the flag is a combination of two united pennants (triangular shapes). The shape of the flag is said to represent the Nepalese mountains, including the iconic Himalayas.

12. What is the world’s busiest airport?

Did you guess New York’s JFK or LAX, London Heathrow or even Dubai on your Zoom quiz? The world’s busiest airport is actually Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Georgia, USA. The bustling airport has taken out the title for 21 consecutive years and saw over 110 million passengers pass through its terminals in 2019.

13. Which country has the most bicycles per capita?

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The Netherlands is the cycling capital of the world, with over 22 million bikes in the country – that’s an average of 1.3 bicycles per person. The Dutch use their bicycles for more than 25% of all trips and cycle an average distance of 2.9km per day.

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14. Which country has the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites?

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China and Italy tie for first place, with both currently home to 55 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. With gems like the Colosseum and Pompeii in Italy, and the Great Wall and the Temple of Heaven in China, it’s no wonder these two countries take out the top spot.

15. Where is the world’s largest pyramid?

You’d be forgiven for thinking the answer is Egypt on your Zoom quiz, but the world’s largest pyramid is actually located in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico. The Great Pyramid of Cholula takes the top spot with a height of 66 metres and a width of 450 metres. It’s size is equivalent to nine Olympic sized swimming pools!

16. Which language has more than 50 words for rain?

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There are at least 50 nouns for rain in the Japanese language, ranging from ‘spring rain’ to ‘night rain’ to refreshing once in 10 days rain’. This might be because it rains a lot in Japan and since we love talking about the weather, it makes sense to have plenty of words to describe it!

17. Which city has the most hotel rooms in the world?

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You’re sure to find a room in Las Vegas in Nevada, United States. The city has the most hotel rooms of any city in the world, with over 150,000 rooms.

18. Which country has the most cars per capita?

San Marino may be a tiny country, but it’s home to a whopping 1,263 cars per 1,000 people, meaning that on average, everyone in San Marino has a car – and then some.

19. Where can you find the world’s largest swimming pool?

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Image credit: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen / Wikimedia Commons

Head to San Alfonso del Mar, a private resort in Algarrobo, Chile, and you’ll find the largest swimming pool in the world, measuring 1,013 metres in length and spanning 20 acres. It contains 250 million litres of seawater, pumped directly from the nearby Pacific Ocean.

20. Which country has the most islands?

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You might be thinking of Indonesia or the Maldives, but it’s actually Sweden that has more islands than any other country on earth, with an estimated 267,570 islands.

21. The unicorn is the national animal of which country?

Scotland proudly claims the unicorn as its national animal and while it’s a mythical creature, the unicorn symbolises innocence, purity and power in Celtic mythology and Scottish history.

Have you learnt any random facts from your Zoom quizzes? Let us know in the comments below!

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