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Young tourists' geography mix-ups

Published 11/04/2010 | 09:17

Young travellers cannot tell fact from fiction when it comes to foreign destinations
Young travellers cannot tell fact from fiction when it comes to foreign destinations

Young travellers cannot tell fact from fiction when it comes to foreign destinations, according to a poll.

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Almost 10% reckon Kazakhstan does not exist while 54% believe the West African town of Timbuktu is a made-up place, the survey by travel company www.sunshine.co.uk showed.

One respondent even thought France was in Spain in the survey of 2,865 people aged 18 to 30.

The poll also showed that 7% thought Africa was a country rather than a continent. 12% reckoned New Zealand was part of Australia.

37% believed Atlantis was a real place they could visit in Greece. 11% reckoned the weather in Cambodia - close to the equator - was often cold. 8% believed Madagascar to be a film, while 48% thought the Galapagos islands off Ecuador were Spanish.

Sunshine.co.uk co-founder Chris Brown said: "It's not unusual for us to receive inquiries from customers who have got the locations wrong or slightly mixed up and we wanted to find out just how good or bad people's knowledge of geography was.

"It's interesting to see that a fair few people aren't in the know when it comes to the world around them."

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