Take our travel quiz on everything from capitals to exotic animals – how will you score?

If you fancy yourself as the next Michael Palin, it’s time to put your knowledge to the test on everything from capital cities and flags to cruises and time zones.

We’ve put together a bumper Boxing Day travel quiz with 70 questions testing you on a whole host of different topics, testing everything from your geography knowledge to time zones.

Each round has five questions, and we’ve put the full list of answers at the bottom of the article.

Grab some pen and paper so you can write down your answers as you go – and at the bottom of the page, you can mark your answers and find out how you’ve fared in the quiz.

Good luck!

Round 1 – Isles better

A view of Shipwreck Beach in Greece with a white sand beach and surrounding cliffs, as well as boats in the blue waters
Shipwreck Beach

1. Orchard Road is the main shopping street of which well-known island city state?

2. Shipwreck Beach is on which popular holiday island? (Above)

3. Barra island in Scotland has its airport runway situated on what?

4. How many islands are there in the Maldives? 192, 1,192, or 92?

5. Which famous statesman was a prisoner on Robben Island, near Cape Town in South Africa?

Round 2 – Dress Codes

6. Which country’s traditional costume is this? (Below)

Can you guess which country this traditional costume belongs to?

7. Which part of Spain is known for its bagpipers, sometimes wearing kilts?

8. The name of the traditional women’s attire in Japan translates as “a thing to wear”. What is it more commonly known as?

9 Which country’s traditional costume is this? (Below)

Three girls in Peru wearing the country's traditional costume
Think you know the country with this traditional costume?

10 If you meet someone wearing a Four Winds hat, where are you likely to be?

Round 3 – All at Sea

11. What percentage of the planet is covered by the oceans and seas? 43, 57 or 70?

12. Ultra luxury expedition cruise ship Scenic Eclipse has what craft on board for passenger trips?

13. What is the world’s largest inland sea?

14. Ultra-luxury ship Regent Seven Seas Mariner will sail a world cruise in January 2022, lasting 120 days and visiting 30 countries and 61 ports. How many nautical miles will she sail? 3,474? 33,474? 333,474?

15. Iconic ocean liner QE2 – now a floating hotel in Dubai – could sail faster backwards than many modern cruise ships go forwards. True or false?

Round 4 – Up in the Air

A black and white image of the The Wright Brothers
The Wright Brothers

16. Which major city has the airport code LOS?

17. A 248mph Maglev train connects which city’s airport to the centre?

18. The Boeing 787 passenger jet is better known as what?

19. The wingspan of a Jumbo Jet is greater than the distance of the Wright Brothers’ first flight in 1903. True or false?

20. Holy runways! Your plane has just landed at Batman airport. Which country are you in?

Round 5 – Flag Daze

21. Which European country’s flag is this? (Below)

The flag of Luxembourg
Can you guess which country this flag is from?

22. Only two sovereign states have square flags. Both are in Europe. Name them.

23. This unusual flag belongs to which mountainous country? (Below)

Nepal's flag
Can you guess the flag?

24. Which US state flag has a Union Jack on it?

25. An AK-47 assault rifle appears on which country’s flag?

Round 6 – In a State

26. What year did the Empire State Building in New York City open?

27. Budweiser is a world famous beer, but which US city did it originate from?

28. What is the USA’s most southerly state?

29. What is the USA’s most easterly state?

30. What is the official language of the USA?

Round 7 – People Power

31. TV travel legend Michael Palin is from which English city?

32. What is the only country in the world to be named after a woman?

33. The Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1804-6 ventured into which nation’s vast unexplored territory?

34. Which Venetian explorer travelled in Asia between 1271 and 1295?

35. Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas i n 1492, but where was he trying to reach?

Round 8 – Animal Magic

36. Kylie Minogue is an Australian singer, but what is an Australian stinger?

37. What are the Big Five animals in African game parks?

38. The Tomato Frog is unique to which island country? (Above)

39. This cute little chap is a rare Ili pika. Which vast country is he native to? (Below)

A rare Ili pika
How cute is the rare Ili pika?

40. The Pharaoh Hound is the national animal of which country?

Round 9 – Capital Ideas

41. Which capital city is this? (below)

A view of Ottawa's historic buildings and a nearby lake on a clear autumn day

42. What is the capital of New Zealand?

43. What is the world’s most northerly capital city?

44. What capital city’s name means northern capital?

45. Which capital city is this? (below)

A view of Montevideo
Can you guess the capital city?

Round 10 – Show me the Money

46. The kwacha is the currency of what country?

47. Which country uses the dong?

48. In 2009, which country printed a $100 trillion banknote?

49. In 1987, the Cook Islands issued a $10 note featuring a topless woman riding what?

50. US dollar notes are mostly made of what?

Round 11 – What’s in a name?

51. Which South American country is this? Oriental Republic of ——-?

52. What is the formal name of Mexico?

53. Republic of the Union of Myanmar was formerly known as what?

54. The locals call their European nation Suomi, what would we call it?

55. Which small Southeast Asian country is this? Nation of ——, the Abode of Peace.

Round 12 – Weird World

56. What is Pocari Sweat?

57. The 1,441ft high Taipei 101 skyscraper in Taipei, Taiwan, is technically the world’s tallest what?

58. Hákarl (fermented shark) is a the famous pungent national dish of which island nation?

59. Which famous tourist attraction is this? (Shown below in 1911 before being excavated by explorers).

A black and white photo of Machu Picchu
This is an iconic tourist attraction

60. Russia is bigger than Pluto. True or false?

Round 13 – Time Travel

A view of the Zytglogge Tower clock on a clear sunny day
Zytglogge Tower clock

61. Which country has the most time zones?

62. How many time zones does China have?

63. What is unusual about the Big Ben clock face number four?

64. If it’s noon in the UK what time is it in Mumbai, India?

65. The Zytglogge Tower clock (above) inspired Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Where is it?

Round 14 – The Home Front

66. Which has more miles of canals, Venice or Birmingham?

67. Where was the Overhead Railway, a seven-mile elevated line also known as the ‘Dockers’s Umbrella’?

68. What is the most visited tourist attraction in Scotland?

69. What Northern Irish tourist attraction consists of around 40,000 interlocking volcanic basalt columns?

70. According to the signs welcoming visitors to Norwich, it is a **** city?

The Answers

  1. Singapore
  2. Zante/Zakynthos, Greece
  3. A beach.
  4. 1,192.
  5. Nelson Mandela.
  6. Namibia – the Ohorokova dress worn by the Herero people.
  7. Galicia, in the northwest.
  8. Kimono.
  9. Peru.
  10. Lapland.
  11. 70%.
  12. A submarine. It also has two helicopters.
  13. The Caspian, in Asia. At 143,200 sq mi it’s more than 1.5 times the size of Britain.
  14. 33,474.
  15. True, partially. She was capable of 34 knots (39mph) forwards and 20 knots (23mph) full astern. Cruise ships typically sail at 16-20 knots (18-23mph) forwards but can exceed that.
  16. Lagos, Nigeria.
  17. Shanghai, China.
  18. Dreamliner.
  19. True. The flight was 120ft, the wingspan is 211ft.
  20. Turkey.
  21. Luxembourg.
  22. Switzerland and Vatican City.
  23. Nepal.
  24. Hawaii.
  25. Mozambique.
  26. 1931.
  27. St Louis, Missouri.
  28. Hawaii.
  29. Alaska. Its Aleutian Islands stretch across the 180 degree line of longitude and just into the eastern hemisphere. It’s also the most westerly and northerly.
  30. It doesn’t have one. English is the most widely spoken, followed by Spanish.
  31. Sheffield.
  32. St Lucia.
  33. USA.
  34. Marco Polo.
  35. The East Indies.
  36. The dreaded Box jellyfish, which has a painful, potentially fatal, sting.
  37. Lion, Leopard, Rhinoceros, Elephant, Cape buffalo.
  38. Madagascar.
  39. China.
  40. Malta.
  41. Ottawa, Canada
  42. Wellington.
  43. Reykjavik, Iceland.
  44. Beijing, China.
  45. Montevideo, Uruguay.
  46. Zambia.
  47. Vietnam.
  48. Zimbabwe, during chronic hyperinflation.
  49. A shark.
  50. Cotton.
  51. Uruguay.
  52. United Mexican States.
  53. Burma.
  54. Finland.
  55. Brunei.
  56. A (fairly tasteless) Japanese sports drink.
  57. Sundial.
  58. Iceland.
  59. Machu Picchu, Peru.

  60. False, but it’s only marginally smaller.
  61. France with 12, thanks to its many overseas territories.
  62. One, so in western China in winter it’s not light till gone 10am.
  63. Unlike many other Roman numeral clock dials, which show the 4 position as IIII, it’s a IV.
  64. 5.30pm.
  65. Bern, Switzerland.
  66. Birmingham: 35 v 26.
  67. Liverpool, it ran parallel to the River Mersey through the docks.
  68. The National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh.
  69. Giant’s Causeway, Co Antrim.
  70. Fine.

How did you score?

Are you the next Michael Palin?

0-10: Surrender your passport!

11-20: Buy a passport.

21-30: Broaden your horizons.

31-40: The world is not enough.

41-50: A seasoned traveller.

51-60: You are the next Michael Palin.

61-70: You ARE Michael Palin!

How did you score? Let us know your results in the comments below.

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