A recent survey by British Airways has found that nearly one-third of vacationers from the UK were unable to find their recent European vacation destinations on a world map.
The survey of about 2,000 people who traveled abroad last year showed that nearly 53 per cent of those who went to Cyprus had no idea of its real location, with many confusing it with nearby Greece.
Similarly, nearly half (49 percent) of the surveyed tourists to Turkey could not find it on a map. The Netherlands (36 percent), Portugal (31 percent), Greece (29 percent) and Germany (22 percent) were also frequently located inaccurately.
Surprisingly, about 24 percent of the tourists were unable to locate their immediate neighbor, Ireland, and 14 percent could not locate France on the map. Ireland was commonly confused with relatively far away Spain while France was commonly confused with Belgium.
Wouldn’t it be interesting to compare these results with a similar survey of US vacationers traveling to an international destination. Who do you think has a better sense of geography?