Tuesday Travel Trivia (Week 12)

Welcome back to Tuesday Travel Trivia, the Who Wants to be a Millionaire? of the travel world, without all the money. Congrats to last week’s big winners Eva and Matthew O’Connor, who were barely even challenged by last week’s brain-busters. (Hey, I thought they were hard.)

As always, leave your answers to the following ten questions in the comments, and come back next week for the answers. Good luck!

  1. What well-known Himalayan hiking trail in Nepal reaches its summit at Thorung La (5416 m) and often takes up to three weeks to complete?
  2. The exotic-sounding Zanzibar Archipelago is located off the coast of what East African country?
  3. What Hawaiian airline disappointed many travelers when it shut down service in 2008?
  4. In what year was the name of the Indian city of Bombay changed to Mumbai? (I’ll give you two years either way.)
  5. What European nation hosted the World Cup in 2006?
  6. The world’s largest salt flat, Salar de Uyuni, is located in what landlocked South American country? (That’s a big hint.)
  7. What travel writer, formerly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, recently began writing for the online travel website World Hum?
  8. On many of its flights, American Airlines offers headphones for sale. How much do they charge?
  9. True or false: Americans and Canadians need to obtain a visa to enter Brazil.
  10. Jorge Luis Borges described the war between Britain and Argentina over what group of islands as “two bald men fighting over a comb”?

Look below the fold for the answers to last week’s questions…

  1. About once a month, an all-night party takes place on the beaches of Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand, to celebrate what event? Answer: The Full Moon
  2. IMDB.com describes the plot of a particular movie like this: “A strait-laced French student moves into an apartment in Barcelona with a cast of six other characters from all over Europe. Together, they speak the international language of love and friendship.” What 2002 movie does this describe? Answer: L’Auberge Espagnole (The Spanish Apartment)
  3. What ever happened to the African nation of Zaire? Answer: It became the Democratic Republic of the Congo back in 1997.
  4. What travel writer’s book Do Travel Writers Go to Hell? drew controversy when its author was quoted as saying that Lonely Planet hadn’t paid him enough to travel to Colombia to research a guidebook, so instead he wrote part of it in San Francisco? Answer: Thomas Kohnstamm
  5. What proper adjective describes the roughly six million people living in Flanders in the northern half of Belgium? Answer: Flemish
  6. Canada’s Prime Minister recently made international headlines after he dissolved the country’s parliament. But who is Canada’s Prime Minister? Answer: Stephen Harper
  7. What massive temple in Cambodia appears on the country’s flag and is an extremely popular tourist destination? Answer: Angkor Wat
  8. What tiny country is sandwiched between France and Spain? Answer: little Andorra
  9. What Chilean island, located over 2,200 miles from mainland Chile, is well known for its legendary moai statues? Answer: Easter Island
  10. What country receives almost 80 million international tourists per year, the most of any nation? Answer: France