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10 Surprising Travel Facts Which Will Make You Say, OH MY GOD! SERIOUSLY??

By Kajani Shivam - August 30, 2020
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Travel, travel, travel… We all love travelling, right? Some might travel to fulfil their bucket list dreams, to gain knowledge, explore the beauty of that particular place, to just chill out with their friends, family and loved ones, click some Instagram worthy pictures to increase their followers 😅 and some of them might travel to see if what they heard or read is real or not. Are you one of them? If yes, you definitely shouldn’t skip reading this blog post. The world is still a mystery and is filled with many surprising facts which we won’t believe unless we witness it for real, right? This article will be covering the top 10 surprising travel facts. Amazing, right? Get ready to say, WHAT? REALLY? ARE YOU SERIOUS and what not? Trust me, these 10 surprising travel facts are completely amazing to know and will bring in the curiosity to travel.

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10 Surprising Travel Facts

Already excited? Well, all you need to do is to have a read and get stunned with the facts. Just keep reading…

  • Sudan has more ancient pyramids than Egypt
  • The minarets of Taj Mahal lean outwards slightly
  • It takes less than two minutes for the shortest commercial flight
  • Get a delayed certificate in Japan if your train is late more than 5 minutes
  • It is 2013 in Ethiopia
  • Hell, the Norwegian town which freezes over every winter
  • The introvert and extrovert fact
  • Bananas and the Swedish cuisine
  • Meet the world’s biggest war memorial, The Great Ocean Road
  • World’s longest commercial flight

1. Sudan has more ancient pyramids than Egypt

Pyramid in Sudan
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As soon as we hear about the pyramid, Egypt is the first destination that comes to our mind, right? But interestingly, Sudan is known to have around 250 pyramid structures whereas Egypt has only around 100 pyramid structures. It is said that these pyramid structures in Sudan were built between 2500 BC to 300 AD.  

Also Read: A Date With The Mummies: A Week-Long Itinerary To Discover Egypt’s Secrets

2. The minarets of Taj Mahal lean outwards slightly

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Well, the minarets are actually leaning outwards slightly. This is done deliberately to protect the famous monument, Taj Mahal, in India. Just in case if they collapse, the minarets will protect them. In addition, the minarets lean outwards slightly to provide an optical illusion making the pillars look perfectly vertical.

Also Read: 7 Wonders Of The World – Take A Journey To Visit The Phenomenal Wonders

3. It takes less than two minutes for the shortest commercial flight

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Now, this is truly one of the top 10 surprising travel facts which you should be knowing. Isn’t it amazing to travel with less than 2 mins? The shortest operating flight operates between Westray and Papa Westray which are neighbouring islands to Scotland’s Orkney Island. Trust me, it literally takes around one and a half minutes. Cool, huh?

4. Get a delayed certificate in Japan if your train is late more than 5 minutes

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Japan is one of the best countries in the world and is also loved for its structured way of work. And yes, most of us would have dreamt of travelling in the Japanese trains, right? They are cool, punctual and super fast. Guess what? The Japanese train will provide you with a delayed certificate if the train is late for more than 5 minutes from the scheduled time. When your teacher, parents or boss questions on your impunctuality, you can show them this delayed certificate.

Also Read: 11 Japan Travel Tips From People Who Have Actually Been There

5. It is 2013 in Ethiopia

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Wait, what year is it currently? 2020, right? Well, if you ask the same question to a person who lives in Ethiopia, he/she would probably say it is 2013. Crazy, huh? Well, Ethiopia is a country in East Africa which dates back to more than 3 million years. Isn’t that amazing? So, coming to the point, Ethiopia maintains its own calendar which is seven years behind the Gregorian calendar, which is standardly used across the world. So, currently, it’s 2013 in Ethiopia. Now that’s strange but interesting, right?

6. Hell, the Norwegian town which freezes over every winter

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Welcome to Hell! Well, I meant the Norwegian town, Hell. This town is one of the famous tourist attractions in Norway and the building which you are seeing in the picture is the famous spot in Hell where people use to click pictures. Interestingly, the whole city freezes over every winter. Yes, you read that right. It is also one of the coldest places to live on the earth. Love cold and snow? Well, make sure you add this place in your bucket list. And yes, this is definitely one of the top 10 surprising travel facts, huh?

Also Read: Top Places to Visit In Norway To Make Your Trip Complete

7. The introvert and extrovert fact

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Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Well, a study has been made to analyse the preferences of the introverts and the extroverts and it is said that the introvert personalities are more likely to pick up mountainous location for a holiday, while the extroverts prefer the beach. Hmmm, interesting, huh?

8. Bananas and the Swedish cuisine

Love banana? Well, you should visit Sweden at least once in your lifetime. Wondering why? Quickly have a read and find out. Banana is very common in Swedish cuisine. Most of the dishes include banana. Interestingly, when you think of the yummy pizzas, banana toppings don’t come to your mind unless you are a Swedish. In Sweden, you will find a variety of pizzas which are topped with bananas. Just like the pizzas, you will find the flavour of banana in almost every dishes. So, when you are in Sweden, make sure you taste some popular banana flavoured dishes.

Also Read: A Detailed Guide On Sweden Visa Process For Indians

9. Meet the world’s biggest war memorial, The Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road
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The Great Ocean Road is undoubtedly one of the famous tourist attractions in Australia, right? But, do you know that it is the world’s biggest war memorial? Yes, this 243 km long road was built by 3,000 returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932 and they have dedicated this to the soldiers who were killed during World War I. Isn’t that amazing?

Also Read: Things To Do In Australia’s Great Ocean Road

10. World’s longest commercial flight

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The final one to enter the list of top 10 surprising travel facts is all about the world’s longest commercial flight. Could you believe that people flew around 30 hours and they actually saw the sunrise twice? Crazy, huh? But, it happened. The Double Sunrise service by Qantas which ran from Australia to Sri Lanka from 1943 – 1945 lasted over 30 hours. Currently, the longest commercial flight is Singapore Airlines which flew from Singapore to New York with an average time of 17 hours and 50 minutes.

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That was an amazing list of top 10 surprising travel facts, right? Now that you have known the top amazing travel facts, make sure you share these facts too!😉 Also, do let us know your favourite fact in the comments section. These facts have increased your curiosity to travel? If yes, quickly head to Pickyourtrail website and check on the amazing travel packages. Also, you can drop a message in Whatsapp for more options. And let’s keep travelling because travel is fun!!

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