Can We Guess How Many Countries You've Been To?

By: Zoe Samuel
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
Can We Guess How Many Countries You've Been To?
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About This Quiz

Only 36 percent of Americans hold a passport. That means nearly two-thirds of Americans have no plans to travel internationally. While some of the Americans who don't have a passport probably did at one time, it's unlikely that number is very big, since most people with passports renew them. Compare this with the U.K., where 70 percent of the people usually have a passport. The bottom line is that U.S. citizens don't travel outside the country very often, so those Americans who do travel outside of the U.S. are a rarefied breed.

Once you have a passport, it is natural to think about the possibilities. Will you fill it with stamps? Will you finally make that trip to Japan or Egypt? Who will you take with you? Will you have any life-changing experiences while you are away? As you begin to travel the world, your perspective may shift. You may learn to see others' ways of life as being superior to ours in some way, or you may learn to appreciate home in ways you did not before. Travel opens new worlds to us, and the more you travel, the more travel will leave its indelible mark on you. Do you think we can guess how many countries you've been to? We think we have what it takes.

Which of the following types of weather do you like best?
I only like it hot.
I prefer it temperate.
I like it really cold.
I like a little miserable weather every once in a while.

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What would you want to bring on a trip to Bermuda?
A power adapter
Bermudan money
A French-English dictionary
Plenty of outfits

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What's your second language?
Pig Latin
Mandarin
Spanish
French

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If you were to study another language, which one would you want to learn?
Japanese
Mandarin
German
Italian

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What should you keep in mind when visiting Israel?
Watch your back!
Tel Aviv is mostly a beach town.
Bring a money belt.
They really like their sugary drinks.

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Do you have any special skills known to come from outside the U.S.?
Parkour
I do an eastern martial art.
I play soccer.
I cook foreign cuisine.

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What's the name of the country from which the United States won its independence?
England
Great Britain
The British Empire
The United Kingdom

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How close do you live to a major international airport?
Quite far away
An hour or so
A couple of hours away​
Less than an hour away

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Do you live near the northern or southern borders of the United States?
I'm not near them at all.
I'm not far from them.
I'm right on the border.
I'm close enough to them to cross them periodically.

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How much family do you have outside of the U.S.?
None
Four to eight relatives
Two relatives
12 or more relatives

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How many foreigners have you dated?
None
Three
One
More than four

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What must you remember when visiting the U.K.?
Not all of them are time traveling physicians.
It's only expensive in London, which is not the entire country.
People drive on the left side of the road.
They expect more personal space than Americans.

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Where do you get your news?
Facebook
A newspaper of record, like the Washington Post or Wall Street Journal, and a variety of news aggregators
USA Today
Several newspapers, including the Washington Post and New York Times

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What was the highest degree you earned?
A high school diploma
A master's degree
A bachelor's degree
A doctorate

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What do you think of single-payer health care systems?
Terrible communist idea
It seems to work for the rest of the world
It works everywhere else, but it wouldn't work here
We can do it better than everyone else if we want to

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How tolerant are you of unfamiliar cultural traditions around food?
Not at all tolerant
Fairly tolerant
I'm still pretty shocked.
I'm unfazed by them.

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What should travelers remember about bowing in Japan?
When the other person bows, yell "Slap happy!" and slap them on the top of the head.
Only bow as deeply as the other person does.
Don't hide your eyes when you bow.
They'll probably expect to shake your hand before or after you bow, since you're not Japanese.

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Which of these foods is where you draw the line?
Hamburger
Insects
Seafood
Potentially poisonous animals

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How many pages can you read during a transatlantic flight?
Like, 10?
A few hundred, if I don't sleep much
None! The movies are too good!
Exactly 670

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How many times have you swapped out the SIM card in your phone?
The what of my phone?
Two
None. I have Verizon/Sprint.
More than three

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What would you avoid at dinner in Saudi Arabia?
Drinking alcohol
Eating or drinking with your left hand
Talking to members of the opposite gender
Criticizing or making satirical jokes about the government

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What do you do when a pilot announces that your international flight will land in a half hour?
Put your tray and seatback in the upright and locked position.
Go to the bathroom.
Finish that movie!
Get your stuff together so you can run as fast as you can to the immigration line.

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How well do you drive manual?
Drive what?
Not well
I don't
Very well

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How well do you navigate unfamiliar public transportation systems?
I'm at a total loss.
I get by.
I might need some help from my phone.
I'm a master.

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What TV show with British origins do you watch?
"America's Got Talent"
"The Great British Baking Show"
"Doctor Who"
"Fifth Gear"

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What kind of shoes would you take on vacation to Italy?
Crocs
Fashionable flats
Cutting edge fashion
Sneakers

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Which of these types of jobs would you consider?
TSA Officer
Consultant
Soldier/Sailor
Artist

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What kind of credit card do you have?
It's connected to my favorite sports team.
I get points for Amazon.
I get points for JetBlue.
I get points for American Airlines.

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What kind of fantasy car do you wish you had?
A Caddy
A Tesla
A Benz
A Fisker

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What item can't you travel without?
Smartphone
Dressy clothing
Bug spray
Laptop

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