Avoid some traps and know more about 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 about 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.
Authentic paella is 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 on 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.
Am I 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 an 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.
Are you freaking out with travel zones? Then France is for you. It covers the most travel zones (around 12). The US includes 11 and Russia 9.
Scared of getting drown? The Maldives is the most possible to go under the island. Climate climate change doesn’t sound pleasant.
Where does coral grow in the 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 in Saudi Arabia. Well, there are rivers of sand, but they don’t count.
The country that disappears faster than others? Allegedly, Ukraine seems to lose 40% of its population by 2050.
Fewer forest 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.
Several 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.
The business takes a secondary role in such events, and even if the 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 findings!