Around the world in 15 questions: take this fun travel quiz & you could win!

30 December 2017 - 00:00 By Paul Ash and Elizabeth Sleith
The pool deck aboard the MSC Meraviglia cruise ship.
The pool deck aboard the MSC Meraviglia cruise ship.
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You could win R1,000 towards your next adventure if you answer all these travel trivia questions correctly.

To enter, simply submit your answers to travelquiz@sundaytimes.co.za by noon on Monday, January 8 2018.

The winner will be chosen by lucky draw and announced in Sunday Times Travel on January 14. 

1. In June 2017, MSC Cruises launched the 171,600-ton MSC Meraviglia cruise ship. In terms of tonnage where is she in the world rankings?

a. 1st

b. 18th

c. 4th 

2. Huge African murals were painted on the street mark bike-rental stations across this US city in 2017, thanks to a partnership with SA Tourism. What is the name of the city?

a. New York

b. Chicago

c. New Orleans

3. What is the name of the popular Mozambican beer that is now on sale in the UK at Nando’s outlets?

a.  Laurentina Preta

b. M2

c. 2M

4. The first commercial flights began operating to this previously hard-to-reach island in the South Atlantic in 2017 — and opened up what some critics called “the world’s most useless airport”. What is the name of the island?   

a.  Ascension 

b. Tristan da Cunha

c. St Helena

Cars passing by the colourful buildings of Havana, Cuba.
Cars passing by the colourful buildings of Havana, Cuba.
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5. Limited housing (and privacy) has given Havana, Cuba, a problem with couples getting passionate in public. As a solution, the government plans to bring back state-run rooms that can be rented by the hour, once popular in the ’60s and ’70s. What do they call these "Love Hotels"?

a. Passionistes

b. Posadas

c. Hotels d’Amor

6. Why is it illegal to have only one guinea pig as a pet in Switzerland?

a. Because of a problem with over-population: they need homes.

b. Because of a problem with under-population: they need to  breed.

c. Because they can die of loneliness.

7. Geishas traditionally lathered a substance onto their faces to make their skin more lovely — a practice rising again in popularity in Japanese spas. What is the substance?

a. Fish scales

b. Bird poo

c. Crushed fingernails

A hiker standing on Uhuru Peak, the summit of Kibo, one of the three volcanic cones of Mount Kilimanjaro.
A hiker standing on Uhuru Peak, the summit of Kibo, one of the three volcanic cones of Mount Kilimanjaro.
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8. In 2017, American Roxy Getter officially became the youngest girl ever to summit Kilimanjaro. How old was she?

a. 12

b. 10

c. 8

9. South Africa’s list of Unesco World Heritage Sites rose to nine in 2017, when one was added to the list of places of  “outstanding universal value”. What is the new site?

a. The Cango Caves, Western Cape

b. ‡Khomani Cultural Landscape in the Northern Cape  

c. Table Mountain in Cape Town

10. What iconic Italian vehicle — perfect for a road trip on its home turf —  turned 60 in 2017? 

a. Fiat 500 

b. Lamborghini 

c. Vespa

11. Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson is investing in developing some Red Sea islands into luxury tourist destinations. In what country are they?

a. Egypt

b. Sudan

c. Saudi Arabia

The Trevi Fountain in Rome was designed by Nicola Salvi.
The Trevi Fountain in Rome was designed by Nicola Salvi.
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12. In June 2017, the mayor of Rome passed a controversial law that will see those who break it get hit with a €240 fine. What are people no longer allowed to do?

a. Eat a large four seasons pizza in the Sistine chapel

b. Carve their initials on the walls of the Colosseum

c. Take a dip in the Trevi — or any other of the city’s 40 fountains

13. In April 2017, a passenger was forcibly removed — kicking and screaming — from a United Airlines flight from Louisville to Chicago. What reason did the airline give for removing him from the aircraft?

a. He had an undeclared pet rattlesnake in his cabin baggage

 b. The flight was overbooked

c. The cabin crew were playing an impromptu game of Truth or Dare

14. It wasn’t the only blaps United Airlines made in 2017. In July, the airline was sued for an unspecified amount in compensation for an animal named Simon which died on a flight from London to Chicago O’Hare. Who was Simon? (Hint: where was he flying to?)

a. A 1m-long giant rabbit

b. A racehorse

c.  A retired three-legged bomb-sniffing dog

15. Where did Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle have a secret five-day holiday in southern Africa in 2016?

a. Gansbaai, Western Cape

b. Meno A Kwena tented camp, on the edge of Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana

c. North Island in The Seychelles


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