Random Facts Learned While Traveling

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A lot of people say that travel is the best education. I think it’s true! While you’re traveling around, you learn so much about people, history, and culture. I learned a lot on the road and I’m not even including history or languages. I wanted to share some random facts learned while traveling.

Animal random facts: 

This may sound silly/weird but I was surprised when I saw parrots in Australia. I’ve only ever seen parrots in cages or on a shoulder of some weird guy on a beach. I always thought they were more tropical birds found in lush jungles. I remember going for a walk on the property of my friend’s family farm north of Melbourne and saw parrots hanging out in the trees. I didn’t take a photo of course but here’s one I found on Flickr. 

Parrots, eating the tree

Photo credit: Flickr

Bats are also normal things you see in the trees in Australia. I saw bats circling around at dusk when I was walking through the Sydney Botanical Gardens. Let’s just say I sort of ran like a crazy person out of the park. I later found out these bats only eat insects or fruit. Freaked out for no reason. Haha.

Bats in a tree

Photo credit: Flickr

It’s pretty impossible to see koalas in the wild in Australia. I tried. I made my friends drive around and look for some. We failed. I did see kangaroos as well as wombats while driving. Excuse the horrible quality photo below. I was so excited and of course, I didn’t have a camera, just my iPhone. The kangaroos were far away and they hopped away after they saw us.

Australia 2012

They are just like how I imagined them to be, everything I learned from cartoons.

Australia also has the biggest spiders I’ve ever seen in my life. The baby ones were the size of tarantulas. I don’t have photos nor will I include them in this post so I don’t freak out. I don’t have arachnophobia or am totally scared of them but I don’t like looking at bugs and insects.

Food random facts:

In Australia and New Zealand, bell peppers are called “capsicum” and zucchini are called “courgettes”. I discovered this while ordering an omelet with my friend Michelle. She is Canadian and was living in Sydney and explained this to me. My friend Helen in New Zealand taught me about courgette because her daughter Ruby plucked one from the garden for me.


See? Capsicum. Photo credit: Education Abroad Network

Australians love to put beets on hamburgers. It was weird but now I like it. They also put eggs on burgers. Now that’s weird.

Burger With The Lot

Photo credit: Robyn Lee on Flickr

Did you know that eggs are not refrigerated in most of the world? I was shocked!

Eggs at Queen Victoria Market Melbourne | www.rtwgirl.com

At Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne

Eggs in New Zealand At a Grocery store in Auckland. On a regular shelf. Not refrigerated.

Cilantro is called coriander everywhere else in the world. I learned this while trying to make Mexican food in Spain.

Road random facts:

Driving on the other side of the road is hard. I didn’t like it in a car but on a scooter I was fine. Below is a map of driving in the world. Red is driving on the right side, blue is on the left side.

Random Facts Learned When Traveling

In countries like England, Australia, and New Zealand there are signs that remind you to look the other way before crossing the street. I almost got run over after 2 hours in New Zealand.

Australia 2011

Here’s a sign to help people cross the road in Sydney

Actually, in countries like England, the crosswalk is called a “zebra crossing”. In Canada, we called them “crosswalks”.

Have you learned random facts while traveling?? Please share in the comments below. 


Round The World Girl is a blog by Arnette, a solo female traveler, lover of adventure, coffee, tropical islands, and unforgettable meals. She shares a retrospective of her 19 month, 19 country round the world trip, adventures both near and far, destination guides, helpful tips and tricks for travel, as well as tips and reviews of her favorite things.

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  • Gran Canaria Local

    We have parrots too in Gran Canaria. You can see them at our local park in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Parque Doramas. Our kids love them.

    • I guess growing up in Canada and then now living in California, I wasn’t used to such sights. Very cool!

  • Hi Arnette, I just discovered your blog. Fun post!!
    But I think you meant, on your driving around the world map, that red is for driving on the right side! ;)

    • Haha yes!! Thanks, just edited. Late night writing always full of errors :P

  • I just stumbled across your blog, so this is my first time commenting :)

    Travel definitely is the best education! I used to live in Martinique, and there you can get red bananas and all these other kinds of strange fruit. I also met my partner there – he’s from the UK and I learned that they call eggplants ‘aubergines’, which is the French word for it too. Very confusing when I finally went home to Canada!

    Also, on the note of your driving on the right/left error – I still don’t understand which is which. I mean, you drive on the right side of the road and the left side of the car and vice versa, so….

    Lovely post!

    • Ah yes aubergines. I heard that too. So many differences all over the world. I just found a late photo of Burger King which I posted on my Facebook page. It’s called Hungry Jack’s in Oz. Haha. I could go on for days about fruit, especially in Asia!

      Thanks for visiting Alyssa!! xox

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