If you haven’t been out of your home country, you’re truly missing out.
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When you travel, you collect memories, souvenirs, stories, and so much more. The best travelers are the ones who aren’t just tourists—they’re the ones who have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and cultural experiences.
If you fancy yourself a citizen of the world, check out these worldwide facts and travel trivia questions to test your knowledge.
Whether you’re deciding where to take your vacation, packing, or en route to your destination, there’s probably a lot you don’t know. For example, did you pack the right stuff? Do you know the basic greetings? How many hours ahead or behind is your destination?
Let’s test your knowledge on some of the most popular vacation destinations:
- Where did the bungee jump originate?
- Which is the friendliest city in the world?
- What is the most common item forgotten when packing for a vacation?
- Which country covers the most time zones on the planet?
- Which country is unknowingly famous for being larger than the dwarf planet Pluto?
- What is the only living structure visible from space?
- What and where is the highest point in the world?
- Which state in the US is only one syllable long?
- Which city has more cars than it does people?
- What country covers five time zones but only operates on one? (Bonus points if you can name the specific time zone they go by!)
- The second oldest tree is 4,000 years old. Where does it live?
- The longest boardwalk in the world exists in this city and state.
- Which US university was the sports drink Gatorade named after?
- Where is the best-preserved meteor crater located?
- Which is the only developed country without legally mandated vacations?
- Next to Warsaw, which city has the highest Polish population in the world?
- The famous “Panama hat” actually comes from this country.
- What popular grain was used in the construction of the Great Wall of China?
- With 221,800 islands, this country is estimated to have the most islands in the world.
- How many countries still have a royal family?
- Which is the most bicycle-friendly city in the world?
- Which are the only two countries in the world that officially begin with “The”?
- With a population of 37 million, which is the largest city in the world?
US Road Trip Trivia
Who doesn’t love a good road trip? Whether you’re solo, with your best friend, significant other, family, or just a group of people you love, being on the road is always a special occasion.
It’s also a great time to make a game out of these US road trip trivia questions:
- Where is the Baseball Hall of Fame located?
- How many miles of roads does the US have?
- What has cars but no roads, curves but no figure, and white knuckles?
- What are the five Great Lakes?
- Which state is known as the land of enchantment?
- Who was the first president to live in the White House?
- Which state is nicknamed “Finlandia,” and why?
- What are the USA’s territories? (Hint: there are five!)
- What was New York called before it officially became New York?
- The Statue of Liberty was a gift to the US from which Country?
- Which state is home to Mount Rushmore?
- How many versions of the American flag have there been throughout history?
- Where was the Liberty Bell made?
- Which is the only archipelago state?
- Where in the US can you drive down Santa Claus Lane?
- How many copies of the Declaration of Independence exist today?
- Who was the tallest US president?
- The Statue of Liberty is (technically) located in which city?
- What was the original capital of the United States?
- There is more bourbon than people in this state.
- How much does it cost to make a one-dollar bill?
- This US city has the most hotel rooms out of all the cities in the world
- Which state has the longest coastline?
- Which is the longest interstate highway within the US?
World Travel Trivia
They say that travel is the one thing you spend money on that makes you richer. There’s nothing quite like seeing the places you read about up close and personal to give you a better perspective and appreciation for life.
Speaking of a better perspective, let’s test your knowledge on world travel:
- What direction makes jet lag worse?
- How many time zones are there in the world?
- What is considered the happiest language in the world?
- What is considered to be the smallest country on Earth?
- Which country is the most earthquake-prone?
- Which is the driest continent?
- What is the national animal of Scotland?
- In which country is giving a thumbs up an insult?
- What are the five most spoken languages in the world?
- What is the largest art museum in the world?
- What is the busiest cruise port in the world?
- What is the largest living lizard, and where do they live?
- Which country is the birthplace of the Olympic games?
- Which city is home to the Spanish Steps?
- Which two South American countries host the Iguazu Falls?
- Aruba is the Caribbean island territory of which European country?
- Where is the unusual geological formation of the Chocolate Hills located?
- Which countries are referred to as the Baltic States?
- New York City is actually further south than what European City?
- Which country is home to the most lakes in the entire world?
- Which Japanese island is inhabited entirely by rabbits?
- Which country is seven years behind the rest of the world according to their calendar?
- Where did coffee originally come from?
- Which nation takes the longest to eat a meal?
- Which tunnel links England and France?
- The region of Catalonia belongs to which country?
- Which country is nicknamed “the boot”?
- The city of Beirut is located on which sea?
- Who liberated Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador from Spanish rule?
- Which country today produces the most coffee in the world?
- Which country invented tea?
- Which country produces two-thirds of the world’s vanilla?
- What is the longest river in South America?
- Which is the largest island of the Mediterranean Sea?
- Which mountains have the nickname “snow abode”?
- Which country is home to the most volcanoes?
- How many different spoken languages exist in the world today?
Fun Facts from Around the World
Just when you think you’ve got your cultural bases covered, there’s something new to learn. Even if it has nothing to do with actual culture, there are still many interesting and exciting facts to learn.
That’s why we’re kicking off our travel trivia questions with a handful of fun facts from around the world:
- There are only two countries where you can’t buy Coca-Cola: North Korea and Cuba. This is mainly because of the US trade embargoes. On the plus side, we’re not allowed into North Korea anyway.
- The entire world’s population is approximately 7.5 billion people. All of us could fit inside of Los Angeles, California. Shoulder to shoulder, of course.
- There is a weapons-grade chili pepper created by a hobby breeder in Nottingham, the UK, called Dragon’s Breath. The name is fitting because at 2.28 Scoville Heat Units (SHU), it can kill you.
- You may have heard rumors that the French are incredibly rude people. However, that doesn’t stop 86.9 million+ people from visiting France each year. It’s the most visited country in the world! And just for the record, the French aren’t rude. They just have a different code of etiquette.
- There are only three countries in the world that don’t use the metric system. Those countries are the United States, Libya, and Myanmar.
- Some places have exceptionally long names. At 85 letters long, Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu, New Zealand, is the longest. In case you’re wondering, it’s a Maori word for a specific hill in the North Island.
- South Sudan in North Africa only recently gained its independence in 2011. That makes it the youngest country in the world.
- Every Giant Panda you see in a zoo is on loan from China. That’s right; China’s government owns every single Giant Panda in the world.
There you have it, fun facts and trivia questions from around the world. The next time you’re on a long drive, train ride, or flight, try whipping these out and testing everyone’s knowledge.
Susan majored in English with a double minor in Humanities and Business at Arizona State University and earned a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Liberty University. She taught grades four through twelve in both public and private schools. Subjects included English, U.S. and world history and geography, math, earth and physical science, Bible, information technologies, and creative writing.
Susan has been freelance writing for over ten years, during which time she has written and edited books, newspaper articles, biographies, book reviews, guidelines, neighborhood descriptions for realtors, Power Point presentations, resumes, and numerous other projects.