Top 15 Fascinating Facts About Popular Tourist Destinations

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Although it is not possible to travel for fun at the moment, the global lockdown will not last forever. Soon, tourists will flock again to popular destinations around the world.

These include cities such as New York, islands like Hawaii and countries of the old world such as Italy, Spain, and Turkey. Each destination has unique factors or original features that make them tourist magnets. You’ll find 15 facts on this list that could inspire you to add one or two places to your list of destinations to visit.

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15. Safest Place For Babies
Iceland

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Iceland is known as the site of fire and ice because of its huge volcanoes and glaciers. However, it is also one of the safest countries on the planet.

Iceland has no army or air force. Because of the extremely low crime rate, police officers do not even carry firearms. In fact, the country is so safe that mothers let their babies nap in strollers in front of restaurants and shops while they shop.[1]

14. Fordlandia Brazil

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Brazil is well known for the statue of Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, football superstars, and awesome carnivals. It is a very popular tourist destination.

However, some visitors to this beautiful country may not know that the remains of an industrial town called Fordlandia are found in the Amazon rainforest. The city was founded by Henry Ford in 1928, and its inhabitants worked hard to harvest rubber for Ford cars.[2]

13. Saint Patrick Isn’t Quite Who He Seems Ireland

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Could it be that the most popular and well-known things in Ireland are beer and four-leaf clovers? The country also gave us the mega-band of the 90s, Westlife, and has the fourth largest stadium in Europe.

But going back to beer, it might be surprising to learn that Ireland’s patron saint, St Patrick, is not Irish. It is native to mainland Britain, in what is believed to be modern Wales.

After being taken hostage by Irish pirates at the age of 16, he was taken to Ireland and held in prison for six years before escaping. He spent the next 15 years as a priest and eventually returned to Ireland to serve as a missionary.[3]

12. Money For Charity Italy

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Although most people know that Italy is the fifth most visited country in the world and that thousands of tourists visit the Sistine Chapel every day, some fun things about this exceptionally popular destination are not as well known.

For example, each year, about one million pounds of money is thrown into the Trevi Fountain.[4] The money is collected periodically and donated to charity. Two other fun facts: Batteries and glasses were invented in Italy.

11. Post-a-Nut Hawaii

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The name “Hawaii” evokes images of cocktails sipped on sparkling white beaches while gazing at an ocean of aquamarine. It inspires thousands of tourists to arouse jealousy on Facebook and Instagram when they post pictures of themselves having fun on some of the most beautiful islands in the world.

If you find yourself one day on vacation in Hawaii and you really want to rub shoulders with your friends, you can send them a coconut by the small post in Hoolehua, on the island of Molokai. Yes, a real coconut.

The Post-a-Nut program was established in 1991 and remains one of the most popular tourism activities. In 2016, about 3,000 coconuts were mailed each year, of which about 700 were posted abroad. In addition, coconut is free and customers only pay the shipping fee.[5]

Welcome to Hawaii, the Big Island

10. Einstein’s EyeballsNew York City

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New York City is called “The City That Never Sleeps”. This is the place where those who have a dream to fulfill go for “do it” on Broadway. It is also home to Central Park, which receives the largest number of visitors from any urban park in the United States.

What is less known, however, is that Albert Einstein’s eyeballs are stored in a safe somewhere in the city. After an illegal autopsy was performed on Einstein’s body, his brain was divided into about 200 parts. His eyeballs were also removed and offered to his ophthalmologist.

The sources vary depending on whether the ophthalmologist was Henry Adams or Henry Abrams. However, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel published an interview with Abrams in 1994, so that’s the name we’re going to remember here.

Abrams made sure the eyeballs were placed in the unknown safe. According to one source, the astute doctor died at the age of 97 in 2009.[6]

9. Sand Galore Dubai

The United Arab Emirates was featured in the films Geostorm (before the disaster took the form of a tsunami in Dubai) and Furious 7 (before Vin Diesel flew a car through three Abu Dhabi skyscrapers). Dubai is home to more than 200 nationalities and welcomes millions of tourists each year. These flock to its artificial islands of palm trees and other attractions.

The artificial palm islands contain enough sand to fill nearly three Empire State buildings: 94 million cubic meters (3,320 million ft3). About 3 billion cubic metres (106 billion cubic feet) of sand were dredged from the seabed to form the first island in 2001.[7]

8. Baobab Bar South Africa

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Located at the southern tip of the African continent, South Africa is popular with foreign tourists for its varied flora and fauna, fantastic beaches and fascinating culture. In Cape Town (aka the “Mother City”), you can visit an old castle or go to the very popular V-A Waterfront for a bite to eat or an excursion aboard a pirate ship. Not to mention the cable car ride on Table Mountain.

At Boulders Beach, near Simon’s Town, you can see a colony of at least 3,000 African penguins. In Bathurst, Eastern Cape Province, you can visit a giant pineapple and learn more about the pineapple industry.

One of the most eccentric places, however, is in Modjadjiskloof, a small town in Limpopo province. Here you can have a drink (or two) inside a huge baobab tree. The Sunland Baobab Pub has been in existence since 1933 and can accommodate up to 15 visitors at a time.[8]

7. Don’t Make A Mistake Mexico

Mexico is renowned for its excellent food and, of course, for its tequila. The country dedicates a day to the commemoration of their deceased. Known as “Day of the Dead,” he has been portrayed in numerous films and television series. More than 300 languages and dialects are spoken in Mexico, home to North America’s oldest university.

If you ever go to Mexico and, for whatever reason, you are invited to sing the national anthem, make sure you do it 100% correctly. The country’s government imposes fines on anyone who makes a mistake in playing the anthem.[9] In some cases, a fine is not enough and the person will have to apologize to the country for making a mistake.

6. Mythical National Animal Scotland

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Scotland is a magical place. A monster can even lurk in Loch Ness, which is in the Scottish Highlands. The country is full of medieval castles and sacred lands. Men wear kilts and play bagpipes. And the Scottish accent is out of this world.

Overall, Scotland looks like a fairy tale. It is therefore not surprising that his national animal is none other than the mythical unicorn.

Celtic mythology portrays the unicorn as a symbol of innocence and power. The unicorn symbol was first used on the Scottish royal coat of arms in the 12th century by William I.[10]

5. Sheep New Zealand

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There are a lot of quirks in New Zealand and a lot of great things. Not only is the sheep-to-person ratio highest in the world (approximately 5.6 sheep for every New Zealander), but the country also released the elven weather report in 2012 to celebrate the premiere of The Hobbit.[11]

Although New Zealand owns more land than the United Kingdom, it has only about 7% of the British population. The rest of New Zealand’s inhabitants are animals. No native snakes, though!

Welcome to New Zealand’s South Island

4. No Weird Baby Names Here Germany

Germany is famous for Oktoberfest, a great football team, sauerkraut, and superb car brands. At Christmas time, the country organizes the most beautiful Christmas markets. There is also a multitude of historic castles to visit during the year.

Stranger still, the German government does not allow the names of babies that do not make the sex of the child obvious. As a result, the local registrar is allowed to refuse to register names that do not comply with the law.[12]

3. Royal Vampire? England

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When most people think of England, tea and pancakes come to mind. However, the country is not just about food and drink. Besides the Beatles and red buses, England is known for its royalty, Shakespeare, Wimbledon, Big Ben, Stonehenge, and much more.

What is perhaps less known about the history of the country is that Queen Elizabeth II is far connected to Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Dracula.[13]

Prince Charles spoke of the genealogy that showed the link between Vlad and his own mother in 2011. Naturally, it didn’t take long for the conspiracies to take off, with people suggesting that Queen Elizabeth is so beautiful for her age because she is actually… yes, you guessed it, a vampire.

2. Alpaca Lunch Peru

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Peruvian tourism is booming, with its tourism office predicting that in 2017, about seven million visitors will be welcomed in the country in 2021. Peru is world-famous for the iconic site of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. Its capital, Lima, offers superb markets and amazing food. Tourists can even take cruises that include excursions to the ancient Inca ruins.

A fun fact about Peru: Of the approximately 4.4 million alpacas in the world, about 87% are here.[14] Alpacas are said to be incredibly nice and can even be trained at home. Another fantastic animal found here is the largest flying bird on the planet: the giant Andean condor.

1. The Longest Name Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand, is one of the most visited destinations in the world. Tourists flock here to admire the Wat Arun (“The Temple of Dawn”), the Grand Palace, the Sky Bar, Bang Krachao Gardens, the statue of a three-headed elephant, and much more.

A funny fact about Bangkok is that the locals call it Krung Thep (“City of Angels”), but its full name is Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Wits.

It is officially the longest name of any city in the world.[15]

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