You may have seen it in a lot of movies, but it is actually quite impossible to open a plane's door during a flight. Due to the pressure, it would take several strong people to do it.
People have been drawing maps since forever. First, they were made in stone, and they showed a little portion of land, but now, thanks to satellites, they show all the way around the globe.
AROUND THE GLOBE
There is always an average of around 10,000 planes flying on the air at any given time. Considering that planes have capacity for an average of 400 passengers, that means that four million people are in the air right now, the entire population of Panama.
Miami Port holds the record of being the busiest cruise port in the World. Statistics say that more than four million people arrive to the port each year. Yes, the entire population of Panama.
The citizens of the United States of America are most likely to travel inside their country's borders. The government says that only 46% of all Americans have a valid passport.
New York City is visited by over 50 million people every year. That is six times its stable population. Over 170 languages are spoken in the City that Never Sleeps.
The current names of the cardinal points come from the german language. Before that, they were called by the latin names Borealis (north), Australis (south), Occidentalis (west) and Orientalis (east).
The first nonstop transatlantic flight was made by two british pilots, John Alcock and Arthur Brown in 1919, using a modified First World War plane. They flew from Canada to Ireland.
The Wind Rose is a figure on a compass that is used for navigation. Wind Roses are an old form of location using the four cardinal point and the stars.
The most common reason of lost luggage is when you check in the last minute. The other most common is when you need to transfer between flights. So label them up correctly!
THE FIRST TOURIST
In a time when travelling was hard and it took forever, Cyriacus of Ancona, a merchant that lived in the 15th century was the first known tourist. He went on trips around the Mediterranean to visit the antique roman and greek ruins.
Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman to travel to space in 1963. She made history and even a moon crater is named after her, but she still has a wish: To drive a train.
Plane pilots and copilots are supposed to eat different meals just in case the food is poisoned. If both of them are impeded of continuing flying (what is really improbable) prepare to fly the plane yourself.
There are more than 13,000 private RV Parks and 1,600 that are run by the government in The United States. Prices vary from free to 50 dollars a night on average.
Tourist Multiple was the name of a 35mm camera that was created in 1913. This was the milestone of portable cameras that were used by tourist and travellers across the twentieth century.
You may think that plane food is quite awful. This is not the airline's fault, the air pressure and other characteristics of the cabin environment changes the way food and drink taste.
I'm sure you always travel in your mind. There's a way of travelling that is not the same as actual travelling but can help you know some places: Virtual Reality.
HOT AIR BALLOON
Hot Air Balloons were the first successful attempt of building a flying device. The first travel was made in France in 1763, and the first american flight was made ten years later in Philadelphia.
Volkswagen introduced the first Kombi Van in 1950, and it was the second vehicle produced by the company. It is called "The Hippie van" since it was adopted by hippies and travellers around the world.
More than 2 million people fly in and out the United States airports, creating annual earnings of more than four hundred billion dollars in aviation related jobs. That's a lot of zeros!
THE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED CITY IN THE WORLD
You only have to scroll a little bit on your instagram feed to know that New York City is one of the most photographed cities in the world. And it is probably the most tattooed city also.
A WHOLE NEW WORLD
The thousand planes that travelled all over the world on 2016 took more than 40 billion pounds of freight on them. And you still wonder what happened to your luggage.
The Beatles' travel to India set a milestone in travelling, since a lot of people changed the paradigm of luxury tourism and grabbed their backpacks to travel across the world.
The technique used to make a paper plane is called aerogami, and it should take you only seven folds to make a plane. A guy called Ken Blackburn hold the world record because he made a plane that "flew" for fifty seconds.
The first compasses ever made were actually meant for divination. Later, they found out that they could be used as a navigation tool, and they remain used to this days.
The word Explore comes from the latin Explorare, Ex meaning "out" and Plorare "to cry", so the first meaning of this word was "To Cry out loud". It wasn't used in its current form till the 1600's.
Wanderlust is a trendy term right now. It means "Passion for travelling", The people that follow this kind of philosophy find pleasure in discovering new places and they are always thinking about their new travel.
The Erdapfel is the oldest globe that is preserved. It was made of wood while Christopher Colombus was travelling so the Americas are not included. Erdapfel means "Apple of the Earth"
Asics is a japanese shoe brand established in 1949. It is now the fifth sport shoes company in the world, and its name is an acronym of "Anima Sana In Corpore Sano" (Healthy Soul in Healthy Body)
The Wright's father said to them that they should stop attempting to make people fly in any way, because that was a blasphemy, since flying was intended only for the angels.
Since the prices of flights are controlled by offer and demand, it is cheaper for most Africans to fly to Europe than to another african country. The prices are sometimes so high that it is almost impossible for an african to buy a ticket.
MOON ON A STICK
When you are a traveller, you want to know every place in the world and never stop exploring. You want everything in your hand, you want the moon on a stick.
Thomas Hiram Holding is considered the father of recreational camping. It was during victorian age in England, and people would camp along the Thames River, in places where they arrived by boat, because equipment was often too heavy to carry.
Some Australian numbers: The territory of Australia is 91% covered in vegetation and 80% of the population lives by the coast. 99% of the australian fauna can't be found anywhere else.
A plane called Rutan Voyager was the first one that successfully made a trip all around the world without stopping. It was in 1986 and the trip lasted more than nine days.
Any given time there are about 61,000 people on a plane in the United States. That's more than the entire population of Greenland and double the population of Monaco.
In 29 of the United States tourism is either the first, second or third income. United States is the second most visited country in the world, after France. Orlando is the most visited city (more than New York!)
The first passports weren't actually passports, they were letters written by the monarchs (or an assistant, of course), and acted as a letter of recommendation and allowed the person to cross borders freely.
According to the World Tourism Association, the countries that spend more money in international tourism are China (not really a surprise), The United States, Germany, The United Kingdom and France.
MOST VISITED IN AMERICA
The most visited countries in the Americas are: United States, Mexico, Canada, Brazil and Argentina. Mexico is second in the list with less than a half of the States visitors.
The first one to use and establish the geographical coordinates was allegedly Eratosthenes of Cyrene. His book called "Geography" is now lost, but in it he supposedly invented this method that is still in use.
MOST VISITED COUNTRY IN EUROPE
Europe is way high in the rank of the most visited spots on Earth, and the most visited countries of that continent are France, Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom.
When you want to establish a top ten of the most visited attractions in the world, four of them are Disney Parks. Actually, Disneyland Paris receives more visitors annually than Sacre Coeur.
Two south korean theme parks, Everland and Lotte World, have more annual visitors than the Eiffel Tower, the Great Pyramids and Stonehenge and rank in the 50 most visited places in the world.
THE WORLD IS YOURS
Museums are a forced stop when you are visiting a city. The most visited museum in the world is the National Museum of China, with over eight million visitors per year.
And when it comes to art, the list is quite obvious. The most visited art museum in the world is the parisian Louvre, followed by the MET in New York and the British Museum in London.
Touristic photography history goes all the way back to 1850. One of the first travel photographers was the english Francis Bedford. An album of some of his photographies was auctioned by more than a hundred thousand dollars.
An american girl broke the Guinness World Record of more countries visited in the shortest time, early in 2017. She visited all the countries in the World in eighteen months.
There was a time when travelling was considered a hard punishment. You just need to analyze the world "Travel": It comes from the french term "travail", that means "Unpleasant work".