Facts about countries across the globe and app update info

In preparation for the launch of our updated app, we’ve collated a load of cool facts about countries which will feature in our new travel guide. Each country will have its own personalised travel guide including information such as the capital city, population, language tips, tourist hotspots, hidden gems, unique facts and must try foods and drinks. 

There is also going to be offline functionality, so no matter where you are in the world you can calculate your tip accurately. Or just for fun, visit any country in the world to see how much to tip or to access the travel guide. 

Here are 10 examples of fun facts we’ve come across in our research:

Afghanistan: Stepping over the border between Afghanistan and China is the single biggest time zone leap in the world. It’s a whopping 3.5 hours in one step. This is because China only has one time zone for the entire country! Which is crazy considering the size of it. 

Jamaica: Jamaica is an island lacking in snakes. In 1872 mongoose were introduced to the island to rid the country of rats which were ruining cane production. As a result, they also depleted the snake population, making it rare to spot one on the island.

Lithuania: Vilnius is the only capital city in the world that you can fly a hot air balloon over. They also have more hot air balloons per person than any country, which makes for a great spectacle on a summer’s day. 

Uruguay: In Uruguay, there are four times as many cows as there are humans. With a population of around 3.5 million humans and over 12 million cows it has the highest number of cattle per capita. 

Djibouti: A high point for Djibouti is that it’s home to the lowest point in Africa, Lake Assal, which is 509 feet below sea level. 

Germany: Probably the best country to be incarcerated in is Germany as it isn't illegal to try and escape from prison. The opinion being that it’s only human nature to want to escape.

Russia: We all know Russia is big, but its most easterly point is actually closer to Mexico than its own capital, Moscow.

Japan: Japans monarchy is the oldest in the world. The Yamato dynasty of Japan traces its origins to 660 A.D.

Montenegro: Want to see the oldest olive tree in the world? Then visit the village of Mitrovica, which has an olive tree that’s over 2000 years old.

Niger: sticking with trees (pun intended), the most isolated tree in the world is located in the middle of the Sahara Desert in Niger. There’s no direct root to get there though (pun intended). 

Our new travel guide will be filled with interesting facts for every single country and island in the world. Download Gratitude now here