25 Facts That Will Make You Want To Travel

Traveling is one of the most popular hobbies. Yet, there are still people who don’t feel the need to discover the new. Stuck in their monotonous daily routines, their hunger for adventure seem stifled. But traveling is not just about seeing new places and meeting new people. In fact, there are hundreds of good reasons to get up from the couch and head out to some awesome, new place. So start packing your bags, because here are 25 facts that will make you want to travel.

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Traveling has been proven to be beneficial in numerous ways. It improves decision-making abilities, reduces stress, lowers the risk of heart diseases, heals depression and makes you generally happier and smarter.

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Most people plan to travel when they retire. However, due to various reasons such as poor health, loss of enthusiasm and other things, only a small part actually travel when they retire. Don’t put off your dreams, see the world now.

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Traveling doesn't have to be expensive. There are places where you can rent a room for literally a few dollars. The cheapest guesthouse in the world is in Cambodia where you pay 1 dollar per night.

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If you don’t want to spend money on accommodations, you can still travel. Through projects such as Couchsurfing, you can find hosts that will let you stay for free. There are millions of people from all over the world in this community and apart from providing you with a place to stay, they usually also show you around.

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Maldives, a little island country in the Indian Ocean and a popular tourist destination, is the world´s lowest country. With an average ground level elevation of just 1.5 meters (less than 5 feet), the country might soon be washed away by rising sea levels. Make sure to visit before this happens.

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If you live in a city with high air pollution, you should visit Russia. As surprising as it may sound, this country produces the most oxygen on Earth. Siberia, a vast region also known as the North Asia, covers 77% of the country´s land area and accounts for 25% of the world´s forests.

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Those who want to get away from it all should visit Mongolia. With a density of less than 2 people per 1 square kilometer (4.8 people per sq mi), it is the most sparsely populated sovereign country in the world.

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Fans of trains and city transportation cannot miss London. Serving 270 stations, the local underground is considered the oldest rapid transit system and it incorporates the world's first underground railway. Ironically, most of the tracks are now above ground.

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Don’t be afraid of flying. Despite several tragic air crashes that have happened recently, flying is still the safest form of transportation by far. According to MIT statistics, the death risk for passengers on commercial airlines is 1 in 45 million flights. It means, in theory, you can fly every day for 123,000 years and still be safe.

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If you like to drive fast, you have to visit Germany. It is generally known that about half of German highways have no speed limits. It is common to be overtaken by cars traveling well over 200 km/h (125 mph) but local drivers are responsible and road safety is very high.

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Through traveling, people have changed history. Numerous great artists, painters, writer and poets drew inspiration for their work when traveling. Even Darwin drew inspiration for his scientific theories from his trips, especially his travel to the Galapagos.

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Traveling doesn't always have to be about the most renowned sites besieged by masses of tourists. The Eiffel Tower is certainly cool but did you know that under the streets of Paris, there is what is considered the world´s largest grave? The Parisian catacombs is home to the remains of 6 million people.

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However, if you do want to check out the most popular places, don’t forget to see the Las Vegas Strip. With almost 40 million visitors annually, the stretch of Las Vegas known for the unparalleled concentration of resort hotels and casinos is the most visited tourist attraction in the world.

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Talking about busy places, if you are afraid of large crowdy airports, make sure to avoid the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Georgia. With almost a million flights and 100 million passengers served every year, it is the busiest airport in the world.

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While Finland is nicknamed “The Land of Thousands Lakes” and there are actually almost 200,000 lakes in this Northern European country, nothing compares to Canada. With an estimated 3 million lakes, Canada accounts for more than a half of the world´s lakes.

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Linguistics fans should include Papua New Guinea in their travel itinerary. Although the country is home to just 7 million people, almost 850 different languages are spoken here. This is about 13% of the world's languages.

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If you want to visit a country that you can walk across in less than an hour, Monaco is the right choice. Occupying an area of just 2 square kilometers (0.78 sq mi), this European microstate is the second smallest country in the world, just after the Vatican.

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Ever wanted to see the world´s largest flower? Nicknamed the “corpse flower”, rafflesia arnoldii is a flower endemic to Borneo and Sumatra and it can grow to a diameter of over 1 meter (3 ft) and weighs up to 11 kilograms (24 lb). The weird nickname refers the terrible repulsive odor of rotten meat it emits when it blooms.

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Norway is known as a great place to watch the Northern Lights but few people know this amazing light display is not the only bizarre natural spectacle Norway offers. During the summer months, you can also see the midnight sun, a unique natural phenomenon in which the sun remains visible all night.

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Located about 300 miles (500 km) east of South America's Patagonian coast, The Falkland Islands used to be settled by the French, British, Spanish and Argentine at various times. These days, the islands are particularly known for sheep. Inhabited by just 3,000 people, the country is home to over 700,000 sheep, which is by far the highest sheep-to-human ratio in the world.

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Contrary to popular belief, the Great Wall of China is not visible from space but with a length of almost 6,300 kilometers (3,900 miles), it is by far the longest man-made structure in the world. Built to protect China against nomadic invaders, the wall is more than 2,700 years old.

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Situated between Jordan and Israel, the Dead Sea holds several impressive primacies. It is Earth's lowest-elevation spot on land, the world´s deepest hypersaline lake and one of the world's saltiest bodies of water. But to enjoy a bath in it, you shouldn't postpone the trip. Since 1930, the Dead Sea has shrunken in half, currently recessing by a rate of 1 meter (3 feet) every year.

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If you're looking for a really safe place to visit, Iceland is the best option. According to the Global Peace Index, this Northern European country has been the world´s safest country for several consecutive years. In addition to that, Iceland is famous for its breathtakingly diverse landscape and spectacular natural beauties.

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If you don’t want to encounter too many grumpy pensioners on your travels, head out to Uganda. With an average age of just 15, this east African country has the youngest population in the world. This phenomenon is caused by several factors such as the Uganda´s high fertility rate (6 children per woman), low life expectancy etc.

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Every year, Greece is visited by almost 20 million tourists from all over the world, which is nearly twice the population of the country. It's the unique combination of astonishing natural landmarks, beautiful sea and unparalleled amount of various historical sites and monuments that makes Greece such a popular tourist hot spot.

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