30 COUNTRIES

With 30 days to go it’s only fitting that we discuss the 30 countries our intended route will take us through. Our route sees us entering just over 15% of all the worlds’ countries (depending on which ones you count) that encompass nearly 20% of the world’s landmass (thanks Russia). 

Here they are in order of when we plan to hit them along with some random facts:

  1. United Kingdom: home to Pocahontas’ grave;
  2. France: covers the most time zones in the world at 12 when counting overseas territories and dependencies;
  3. Luxembourg: when giving someone flowers in Luxembourg it is customary to give an odd number, but not 13;
  4. Belgium: the world's biggest chocolate selling point is Brussels National Airport;
  5. Netherlands: tallest people in the world with the average male being just over 6ft;
  6. Germany: it is not illegal to escape prison as it’s considered ‘human nature’;
  7. Denmark: impossible to be more than 30 miles from the ocean;
  8. Sweden: 1,836,000 meatballs are eaten daily in all of Ikea’s 313 stores worldwide;
  9. Norway: only separated by one country from North Korea;
  10. Finland: founded the sport of ‘wife-carrying’;
  11. Estonia: first country in the world to use online political voting;
  12. Latvia: their Independence Day is Star Wars Day (May the 4th);
  13. Lithuania: has its own perfume called ‘the Scent of Lithuania’;
  14. Belarus: Dzyarzhynskaya Hara is the highest point at a measly 346 meters (1130 feet);
  15. Ukraine: constructed the world’s single largest aircraft, the Antonov An-225 Mriya;
  16. Moldova: 3rd least touristy country;
  17. Romania: the 10-bani note is the smallest paper money ever printed;
  18. Bulgaria: shake their head up and down to signify “NO” and left and right to signify “YES”;
  19. Turkey: Istanbul is only city to span two continents;
  20. Georgia: home to the deepest known cave in the world at 2,197 meters (7,208 feet);
  21. Armenia: Chess is a compulsory subject in schools;
  22. Azerbaijan: has more mud volcanoes than any other country on earth with more than 400;
  23. Iran: home to 22 ski resorts which is more than the South American continent;
  24. Turkmenistan: dogs were banned from Ashgabat because of their “unappealing odor.”;
  25. Uzbekistan: no river leads to the ocean, all go to endorheic basins;
  26. Tajikistan: the unibrow is considered a highly attractive feature in women;
  27. Kyrgyzstan: 2nd highest scoring scrabble country (28 points);
  28. Kazakhstan: home of Borat;
  29. Russia: largest country in the world with easternmost point closer to Mexico than Moscow; and lastly
  30. Mongolia: maintains a navy consisting of 1 tugboat and 7 sailors.

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