Traveling can improve problem solving skills and boost creativity. New sounds, smells, tastes, languages, and sights create new synapses in the brain and promote neuroplasticity.
The average person in the United Kingdom has visited 10 countries. On average, Germans have been to eight, and the average French person has traveled to five. Only 29% of Americans have even been abroad.
Because traveling pulls people out of their own cultural bubbles, their sense of connection with different people increases.
Every country in the European Union, by law, has at least four weeks of paid vacation. The United States is the only developed country in the world without a single legally required paid vacation day.
France is the most visited country in the world, with over 82 million international visitors per year. The United States (75.6 million) and Spain (75.6 million) round out the top three, respectively.
The busiest airport in the United States is the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) in Atlanta, Georgia, with over 50 million flights a year.
Malaysia boasts the world's largest hotel, the First World Hotel. The hotel has a whopping 7,351 rooms. Las Vegas has the second largest hotel in the world; the Venetian and the Palazzo complex has an impressive 7,117 rooms and over 40 restaurants.
Top jobs for people who love to travel include international aid worker, English teacher, tour guide, bartender, government employee, and archaeologist.
WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities for Organic Farming) is a program that allows a person to travel the world for free in exchange for volunteer work.
Paris, France, ranks as the world's most romantic city. Venice, Italy, and Florence, Italy, round out the top 3.
People who read emails and work on their laptops while on vacation remember less of their vacation than those who leave their laptops at home. Specifically, one hour of working leads to 43% fewer memories of the vacation.
An introvert is more likely to choose to travel to the mountains for vacation, while an extrovert is more likely to travel to the beach.
Originally built as a fortress in the late 12th century, the Louvre Museum is the most visited museum in the world, with over nine million visitors annually.
While the world seems open to travel, there are some places that are nearly impossible to enter. Top secret places include the Google Data Center (codenamed Project 02), Area 51, the ADX Florence (America's highest security prison), and the Fort Knox Bullion Depository.
The desire to travel may be genetic, and it can possibly be traced to what has been dubbed "the wanderlust gene." Associated with increased levels of curiosity and restlessness, the gene is associated with dopamine levels in the brain.
Couples who travel together tend to have stronger relationships. Humans naturally bond when they need to trust one another in new situations and circumstances.
In 2017, over four billion people flew on commercial aircrafts globally.
During peak airline traffic, which is usually a Friday between 2–4pm in July or August, there are over 16,000 airplanes in the air around the world.
The beginning of the Chinese New Year marks the world's largest human migration. Over 385 million Chinese will travel home for the holiday.
The world's longest flight is from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to Los Angeles, California, at 17 hours.