Looking for fun travel facts? This travel trivia randomizer offers random travel facts from all over the world.
The Internet is full of all sorts of travel fact lists. Unfortunately very few of them offer sources to their claims, and some “facts” are not true at all.
In this random travel fact generator, I have included facts with sources. In total, the randomizer includes 100 fun facts about traveling and the different countries of the world.
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Seven Fun and Interesting Travel Facts
Here’s more information about six of my favorite travel facts in the randomizer.
1) The Eiffel Tower Was Used As an Advertising Sign for Citroën
This one has to be seen to be believed. From 1925 to 1934, the Eiffel Tower lit up every night to show a giant Citroën text on its side. The site Solo Sophie offers a picture of what used to be the largest advert in the world.
2) Richard Branson and Per Lindstrand Were the First People to Cross the Atlantic in a Hot Air Balloon
The British billionaire Sir Richard Branson and his co-pilot were the first people to cross the Atlantic in a hot air balloon in 1987. And four years later, they became the first people to cross the Pacific, too! Years later, Guinness World Records made a very interesting mini-documentary about their record:
3) The United States Has No Official Language
Here’s some information trivia about the USA. On a federal level, the country has no “official language”. On the other end of the spectrum, Bolivia has more official languages (37) than any other country.
4) There May Be Over 30 Million Travel Blogs in the World
How many travel blogs are out there? According to some estimates, there are over 500 million blogs in the world. Global Viewpoint calculates that if “proportion of travel blogs to total blogs is correlated with tourism as a percentage of total GDP (6%)”, there would be at least 30 million travel blogs in the world.
Such numbers should be taken with a grain of salt, though. The figure of over 500 million blogs includes the total number of Tumblr accounts, which makes up over 90 % of the amount. The number comes from Tumblr itself. If someone creates a Tumblr account and never posts anything, does that count as a blog?
Still, it’s fair to assume that there are millions of travel blogs in the world.
5) Africa’s Tallest Statue, The African Renaissance Monument is 49 meters High
The statue is located in Dakar, the capital of Senegal. The statue was completed in 2010. The statue was designed by a Senegalese architect and built by a North Korean construction company.
6) Spending Money on Traveling Can Make Us Happier than Buying Things
Here’s a fact that required a lot of research. Many travel sites state as a fact that “traveling makes us happier”. However, such claims simplify things too much. The original research paper suggests that spending money on experiences instead of buying possessions can make us happier in the long run.
7) No, 3 % of Antarctica’s Ice Is Not Made of Penguin’s Urine
Here’s a popular myth that often appears in different “travel fact” lists. Many websites claim that three percent of the ice in Antarctica is made of penguin’s urine. The number makes little sense when you think about it.
First of all, The Antarctic ice sheet holds over 30 cubic kilometers of ice. That’s over half of the world’s fresh water. If all of that would melt, the global sea level would rise by 70 meters.
If three percent of the ice was made of penguin’s urine, that would mean that nearly two percent of the world’s fresh water had gone through a penguin at some point. That would be an astonishing feat – especially when penguins and other birds don’t pee at all.
Finding 100 interesting, fun and actually true travel facts took a lot of effort. Some misinformation may have slipped through.
Instead of a simple list of travel facts, I decided to present my facts in a generator that randomly picks facts from a pool of trivia. The randomizer uses the same basis as my other Random Generators.
The photo at the top is from Palawan, Philippines, a place that I visited during my 2-year trip around the world.