(CNN) – We all know that travel widens the mind. Thanks to that place on the waterfront that sells delicious ice creams, it tends to enlarge other parts of the body as well.
We can’t provide you with two scoops of pistachio, but we can keep flexing those brain cells while your next trip across the world is on hold.
CNN Travel experts have compiled some difficult questions to test your knowledge of the planet and to ignite your curiosity more.
Do you think you can outsmart us? Try answering the following without resorting to Google. Get on a video call to involve family and friends in the challenge.
In the end there is a link to the answers. We trust you won’t take a peek!
1. Which of these cities did not host the Summer Olympics?
a. Amsterdam; b. Madrid; c. Helsinki; d. Tokyo; is. Rome
2. Can you identify the city from its skyline?
3. The London Underground, or underground, is the oldest metropolitan railway system in the world. Which city has the second oldest electrified system?
4. Some nations have more than one capital. Can you identify these countries with their perhaps less known capitals?
a. Brno; b. Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte; c. Putrajaya; d. Valparaíso
5. In which city is the tallest building in the world?
6. Can you name the city from these places of worship?
7. Which city has the oldest Chinatown in the world?
a. San Francisco; b. London; c. Manila; d. Jakarta; is. Toronto
8. Can you identify the city by its airport name?
a. General Edward Lawrence Logan; b. Hamad International; c. O. Tambo International; d. Soekarno-Hatta International
9. Name the highest capital in the world
10. Which three destinations are widely recognized as the only three sovereign city-states in the world?
1. Which famous plane made its last flight on November 26, 2003?
2. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, what was the busiest airport in the world in terms of passengers?
a. Capital of Beijing; b. London Heathrow; c. Amsterdam Schiphol; d. Los Angeles, e. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta
3. Identify the airlines with their tailfin logos
4. What type of aircraft is the President of the United States’ Air Force One?
a. Gulfstream III; b. Boeing VC-25; c. Airbus A320; d. Boeing 777-300ER; is. Antonov An-148
5. Which two countries were connected by the kangaroo route?
6. Which direction – north, east, south or west – would you travel between these airports identified only by their codes? (Five bonus points if you can identify all cities)
a. LAX to HNL; b. LGA to MCO; c. From LHR to JNB; d. From BKK to PVG; is. ARN to SVO
7. Match the huge plane to its nickname
a. Whale; b. Queen; c. To dream. d. superjumbo
8. Which airline had the most aircraft in early 2020?
a. Delta Airlines; b. American Airlines; c. Cathay Pacific; d. Virgin Atlantic; is. JetBlue
9. Why is three the magic number for the following plane?
Hawker Siddeley HS-12, Tupolev Tu-154, Lockheed L-1-1011, Boeing 727?
10. What first airline did Amelia Earhart obtain in 1928?
1. Where in the world can you find these pyramids?
2. What is the largest island in the world?
3. Which country is home to the largest natural desert in Europe?
4. Do you match the image to the United States National Park?
a. Canyonlands; b. Yellowstone; c. Grand Canyon; d. Yosemite
5. Can you name the oceans that make up the so-called seven seas?
6. What connects Java Trench, Challenger Deep, Molloy Deep, South Sandwich Trench, Puerto Rico Trench?
7. Match these desert quirks to the locations below
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a. Qatar; b. Chile; c. Texas; d. namibia
8. Which is the only one of the 10 longest rivers in the world that flows north?
9. Where can you no longer see the Azure window?
10. Which place receives the most annual rainfall?
a. Manchester, England; b. Mawsynram, India; c. Seattle, Washington; d. Quibdó, Colombia
1. Which two Asian destinations separated by the sea were connected by 55 kilometers of bridges and tunnels in 2018?
2. Match the image to the New York bridge
a. Manhattan; b. Queensboro; c. Williamsburg; d. Brooklyn
3. Which ingenious French engineer designed the Bolivar bridge in Peru, the Truong Tien bridge in Vietnam and the Imbaba bridge in Egypt?
4. Which country is home to the longest bridge in the world?
5. Match the image to the London Bridge
a. Millennium; b. Hammersmith; c. Tower; d. Westminster
6. What would happen if I tried to cross the Rhone river in France on the Pont d’Avignon?
7. Can you identify the following famous bridges?
8. Which two continents are connected by the Yavuz Sultan Selim bridge?
9. What caused the collapse of part of the Pont Des Arts bridge in Paris in 2015?
10. In which country is this convenient facility located?
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1. Which city has the most Michelin stars?
2. Mirazur was named high on the list of the 50 best restaurants in the world in 2019. In which country is it?
3. Can you identify the country with the classic dessert?
4. What are bubbles commonly made of in bubble tea?
5. The “happiest country in the world” also consumes most of the coffee per capita. Country name?
6. Which appetizer dessert is named after a dancer?
7. Can you match these four British dishes to their names (without laughing)?
a. Eton Mess; b. Toad in the hole; c. Scottish egg; d. Stained cock
8. Kartoffelknoedel, xiaolongbao, manti and pierogi are all types of what?
9. What color or colors is Neapolitan ice cream?
10. Chef Mary Mallon worked in the kitchens of New York and Long Island in the early 20th century. What unsanitary name is best known?
1. What do Colombia, Sao Tomé and Príncipe, Gabon, Uganda, Maldives and Kiribati have in common?
2. What are the top three Asian countries in April 2020 for the most powerful passports for visa-free travel, according to the Henley Passport Index?
3. Which country has the most official languages?
4. Four red, white and blue flags, four different countries. nominal
5. What happened to Samoa and Tokelau on December 30th 2011?
6. Which country changed its name to eSwatini in 2018?
7. Identify these countries by their outlines
8. What is the newest country in the world?
9. Do these borders divide the areas claimed by which country pairs?
a. The control line; b. The demilitarized zone; c. The 49th parallel
10. Which country is surrounded by Senegal to the north, east and south?
1. Name the protagonist in Jules Verne’s 1872 novel “Around the World in 80 Days”
2. Which four destinations visited Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon in four series of “The Trip?”
3. Who led this unfortunate Antarctic expedition?
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4. Whose imaginary crusade brought him from Utah to Portugal, Venice, Austria, Berlin and then to Petra?
5. What record broke the American journalist Nellie Bly in 1890?
6. Where did Anthony Bourdain have lunch with former US President Barack Obama?
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7. Did Norwegian Thor Heyerdahl overcome what personal fear of crossing the Pacific Ocean on his Kon-Tiki balsa wood raft in 1947?
8. What have John “Wedge” Wardlaw, Mark Rumer-Cleary, Dallas Burney, John Molony and John Dickson been doing every five years since 1982?
9. Why doesn’t Dora the Explorer wear boots?
10. Here she is in India in 1983, but which country has visited Queen Elizabeth II more times than any other?
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1. Actor Stanley Tucci has shown his beauty by showing the Internet how to make the perfect Negroni. Does your recipe include twice the usual amount of which liqueur?
2. In “The Devil Wears Prada”, Tucci Nigel’s character is overlooked for the work of the creative director of Runway magazine. What city is he in when he finds out?
a. Paris; b. New York; c. Milan; d. Pittsburgh
3. Tucci has been involved in creating a new series of trips with CNN that looks at food from which country?
a. France; b. The United States; c. Italy; d. Croatia