It appears many of us did not pay enough attention in geography class, if Google’s most popular travel searches are anything to go by.
Research by travel money providers, The Money Shop, has revealed some embarrassing shortcomings in knowledge of the world’s most iconic sights.
Official analytics from the past 12 months revealed the popular questions typed into the search engine by prospective tourists.
The Eiffel Tower opened in Paris in 1889, but it seems 128 years is not quite long enough to learn the location.
An average of 25,000 people visit the top of the monument each day, but an astounding 480 Google searches thought it might belong to somewhere other than France.
Google has received some questionable searches when it comes to travel
Google received 120 searches for ‘Is Stonehenge in Kenya?’
One of the most surprising travel fails was “Is the Eiffel Tower in Italy?”
So too was the question “Is Mount Everest in Europe?”, accounting for 240 searches.
The 29,035ft mountain is over 60 million years old. It sits on the borders of Nepal, China and Tibet.
Britons should be well aware of the location of Stonehenge, but it appears some of us are way off.
Google received 120 searches for: “Is Stonehenge in Kenya?”
Google received 480 searches for ‘Is the Eiffel Tower in Italy?’
The monument has in fact been situated in Wiltshire since the prehistoric era, a sizeable distance from the continent of Africa.
Built by the ancient Incas in Peru, Machu Picchu is one of the most famous wonders of the world.
But some of us are a little confused about what – or who – it might be.
There were 600 searches for “Who is Machu Picchu?” over the last year alone.
Google has received 600 searches in the past year asking who Machu Picchu is
Nevada’s casino city of Las Vegas draws many tourists to America each year.
So too does the Grand Canyon, which is not, just to clarify, located on the glitter strip.
A staggering 840 Google searches asked: “Is the Grand Canyon in Vegas?”
The 277-mile canyon borders the state of Nevada, which is the only connection between the two landmarks.