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Old 15th December 2016, 3:42 AM   #1
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Default Pointless Holiday Trivia

So I was thinking about places I have been and experienced, so if you have nothing to do and can't sleep, how about some pointless holiday trivia? Answer the following questions in a similar format to that used in the job/education thread over in the Education forum.
Note: transiting trough an airport doesn't count as visiting a country. So the shortest time spent in a country doesn't count if you didn't officially enter the country.

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Number of countries visited:
Shortest time spent in a country:
Highest land elevation you have been to:
Lowest land elevation you have been to:
Highest temperature you have experienced:
Lowest temperature you have experienced:


For me at the moment,

Number of countries visited: 9
Shortest time spent in a country: about 5 hours
Highest land elevation you have been to: 2228m (Mt Kosciusko)
Lowest land elevation you have been to: 0m
Highest temperature you have experienced: 47 degrees C (Perth)
Lowest temperature you have experienced: -32 degrees C (Finland)
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Old 15th December 2016, 11:09 AM   #2
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Number of countries visited: 48 (had to manually add these up)

Shortest time spent in a country: ~2 hours (transit), ~6 hours actually entering the country, even done day trips to Australia (6am arrival, 5pm departure)

Highest land elevation you have been to: hmm, not quite sure, I'm guessing Mt Fuji but I didn't reach the top (too much "fog" so my mate decided to turn back even though we were probably about 20 metres from being above the "fog" which were actually clouds). Given we were in the clouds, about 2000m.

Lowest land elevation you have been to: Not sure either, probably only slightly below sea level.

Highest temperature you have experienced: probably a 40 something degree Melbourne day

Lowest temperature you have experienced: probably been to colder but a few ~-5 degree nights in northern Europe. I'm sure time spent in the snow or up mountains is colder but never took any measurements.
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Old 15th December 2016, 11:29 AM   #3
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Number of countries visited: 24
Shortest time spent in a country: Transit - 2hrs, flying visit to Malaysia for work - 8hrs
Highest land elevation you have been to: 3270m - Nepal
Lowest land elevation you have been to: Probably somewhere in the NL, Amsterdam is -2m
Highest temperature you have experienced: Mid 40s in Broken Hill
Lowest temperature you have experienced: -25 in Yekaterinburg
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Old 15th December 2016, 5:40 PM   #4
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Shortest time spent in a country: ~1 minute in Burma (Thai visa border run)
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Old 16th December 2016, 6:51 PM   #5
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Number of countries visited: 23
Shortest time spent in a country: ~1s - stepping across a European border, ~3hrs - proper visit for lunch.
Highest land elevation you have been to: 4700 - mountain pass near Chavin, Peru
Lowest land elevation you have been to: 0
Highest temperature you have experienced: High 40's, northwest WA
Lowest temperature you have experienced: -5, ski resorts, London winter nights
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Old 16th December 2016, 11:43 PM   #6
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Number of countries visited: 39

Shortest time spent in a country:1 hr (street food run from BKK to one of my fave street food places - I do this a lot in Bangkok and Singapore)

Highest land elevation you have been to: 3353m (Snowbird, Utah)

Lowest land elevation you have been to: 43m below the ocean surface (Yapak, Boracay, Philippines) I was standing on the ocean floor, so...

Highest temperature you have experienced: 45.7C (Syd, Aus)
Lowest temperature you have experienced: -36C - Calgary, Canada

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Old 17th December 2016, 2:00 AM   #7
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Number of countries visited: 2

Shortest time: 2 weeks

Highest elevation: cable car in Singapore 30 year ago, ships looked like ants.

Lowest: ~ -2000m (underground mine)

Highest temp: 47 above ground, unknown below, but stupidly hot.

Lowest: -2
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Old 19th December 2016, 8:46 AM   #8
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Number of countries visited: 15

Shortest time spent in a country: Not including transit in airports, probably 2 hours in Burma on a visa run. Shortest actual visit was 14 hours overnight in Macau.

Highest land elevation you have been to: 4,096m. Mt. Kinabalu summit.

Lowest land elevation you have been to: Not underwater... Lake Eyre, South Australia. 15m below sea level.

Highest temperature you have experienced: 49 degrees C, Thylungra Station, Queensland.

Lowest temperature you have experienced: According to the big ass temperature sign in the carpark (so take it with a grain of salt), -11 degrees C, Mt. Hotham, Victoria.
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Old 19th December 2016, 3:08 PM   #9
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Why not

Number of countries visited: 14
Shortest time spent in a country: About 20 mins, driving through Austria on the way from Switzerland to Germany around the south of Lake Constance.
Highest land elevation you have been to: Probably the same as Zee (3353m at Snowbird ski field, outside Salt Lake City, Utah)
Lowest land elevation you have been to: ~-1500m (underground mine)
Highest temperature you have experienced: 47.5C, working on the blast crew, Paraburdoo, Pilbara, WA.
Lowest temperature you have experienced: Unsure, but around -10C in the UK in December 2010, when there was a particularly cold winter snap.
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Old 19th December 2016, 3:36 PM   #10
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Number of countries visited: 10
Shortest time spent in a country: ~7 hours (Vanuatu)
Highest land elevation you have been to: 3,883m (Swiss Alps, near the Matterhorn)
Lowest land elevation you have been to: -4m (Amsterdam)
Highest temperature you have experienced: Around 45, summer of 2009 in Adelaide
Lowest temperature you have experienced: Around -5, Thredbo
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Old 19th December 2016, 3:42 PM   #11
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Number of countries visited: 20
Shortest time spent in a country: 22 minutes
Highest land elevation you have been to: ~3000m (Mt Kosciusko)
Lowest land elevation you have been to: 240 m below sealevel (tunnels count right?) - im excluding underground mines ive been to as they are work related
Highest temperature you have experienced: 48 degrees C (Melbourne)
Lowest temperature you have experienced: -5 degrees C (Japan) - I need to do more cold weather stuff
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Old 19th December 2016, 8:57 PM   #12
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Number of countries visited: 7
Shortest time spent in a country: 8hrs
Highest land elevation you have been to: kosciusko
Lowest land elevation you have been to: -2x m diving
Highest temperature you have experienced: Around 120 in a woodfire sauna count?
Lowest temperature you have experienced: -39 Finland (circa 89 )
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Old 24th December 2016, 2:46 PM   #13
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Number of countries visited: 26 (or 29 if seperately counting Vatican, HK, Taiwan), excluding in airport transit only countries.
Shortest time spent in a country: Bosnia or Luxembourg as we literally drove through them and stopped for fuel.
Highest land elevation you have been to: Mt Fuji about 3750m
Lowest land elevation you have been to: Netherlands -2m
Highest temperature you have experienced: high 40s
Lowest temperature you have experienced: single digit negatives only.
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Number of countries visited: 7
Lowest temperature you have experienced: -39 Finland (circa 89 )
Wow, that's cold. Were you there to see the northern lights? When I was there in -32, the cold would ice up your eye lashes within a few seconds of being outside.
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Old 11th January 2017, 4:16 PM   #15
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Assuming this is a lifetime thing...

Number of countries visited: 48 counting UK as one (51 with England, Scotland, Wales and NI separately)
Shortest time spent in a country: under 5 minutes in Hong Kong
Highest land elevation you have been to: About 4,000m between Lake Titicaca and La Paz.
Lowest land elevation you have been to: -2m Netherlands
Highest temperature you have experienced: Over 40
Lowest temperature you have experienced: -10 inside Arctic circle

Not sure about temperature extremes - these are approximate

In Hong Kong I had a bottle, bought in Zurich, which wouldn't pass security during the transit in Hong Kong. So, I had to go to the airline desk and put it as checked luggage. To get to the airline desk in departures I had to fill in an immigration form, exit the terminal, walk round to departures, hand over the bottle and re-enter.

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