20 Cool Travel Facts for Frequent Travelers

Avoid some traps and know more of this planet with these cool travel facts.

Many who travel either bump in tourist traps situations where they think they try “local culture”. Others think that what is the norm for their country also stands in another one, for the same thing.

However, each trip needs thorough homework. In that way you are closer to authentic experiences.

Here are cool travel facts examples that can help you out and possibly give you ideas where to travel.

Here are 20 cool travel facts

Paella: Ask for paella in its native region (Valencia, Spain) and you will get the true and original one. True paella is usually made with chicken, duck and rabbit. For locals the “seafood” versions is “tourist paella”.

How to eat sushi: Using chopsticks to eat sushi? Only Westerners would do such a thing. To the Japanese, their national dish is finger food. In good Japanese restaurants they wouldn’t dream of spicing sushi with wasabi paste. That is a decision left to the sushi master. Some mix wasabi paste and oyster sauce in the same plate and dip sushi there! Sushi police would arrest those.

Don’t point your sticks. When in Japan do not place your chopsticks pointing to the person you are facing. Don’t play with your food or “stab” your food either. Practice…

Eating “authentic” pizza? One with chili, pepperoni and mushrooms? That is not pizza. The pizza tradition guardians in Naples, Italy instruct: Only tomatoes, olive oil, oregano, basil, mozzarella and garlic are permitted. That is the original pizza.

Why there is a aerial tramway in Roosevelt Island? It meant to be a temporary solution, while the subway was constructed. The latter was delayed to be completed. Meanwhile New Yorkers loved the tram so much that they refused to give it up.

Freaking out with travel zones? Then France is for you. It covers the most travel zones (around 12). US covers 11 and Russia 9.

Scared of getting drown? Maldives is the most possible to go under island. That climate change doesn’t really sound nice, right?

Where coral grows in streets? In Guam they grind and mix coral and oil to make their roads. They don’t have natural sand.

Most lakes in the World? It is Canada. Canada has 3 million lakes.

The no-river land? It is Saudi Arabia. Well, there are rivers of sand but they don’t count.

Country that disappears faster than others? Allegedly, Ukraine seems to lose 40% of its population by 2050.

Less forests country in the world? It is Haiti! It is heavily deforested.

Most multi-linguistic country? Papua New Guinea. Around 820 languages are spoken there, while English is spoken by 1-2% of its population.

A gentleman gives flowers. While in Russia do not give yellow blooms or red carnations. They mean deceit, and/or used in funerals (red carnations.

While in China, don’t… give clocks, handkerchiefs, straw sandals and flowers. All are associated with death and funerals.

You want your food extra salty? When in Egypt find a way to add it without asking from your host for the saltshaker. It is an insult, implying the food was not cooked well.

You like to be punctual and on time? Well that will not look good in Venezuela. They expect you to be late. When you are “on time” they might think that you are greedy or/and eager.

Knife and fork. In Norway even hamburgers are eaten with such. Using such is considered good manners.

Don’t cling your beer glass in Hungary. Well, do so if your Hungarian company does so. While this is a norm in many countries it may not be with your Hungarian drinking buddies. The custom of not clinging has to do with their history and losing a war. A number of people still follow it (but not all).

Don’t talk business in Bolivia. Parties and/or weddings or other social events are considered as such: Social. Business take a secondary role in such events and even if business is the scope, wait until your host brings it up.

Well, we hope we helped you out a bit.

Try to “study” different cultures before mingling with them. It is far more educational and you will avoid many pitfalls with these cool travel facts.

Enjoy and do share your own findings!

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