Confused traveller on a map (Dreamstime)
List Words : Wanderlust team | 07 June

5 similarly named places that can be easily confused

With news that a traveller mistakenly booked a flight to Sydney, Canada instead of Australia, here’s our top 5 interchangeable locations

1: Sydney

A boat on Sydney Harbour, Australia (Dreamstime)

A boat on Sydney Harbour, Australia (Dreamstime)

You may be dreaming of a sun-soaked harbourfront and Australia’s iconic Opera House. But get it wrong and you may find yourself in a T-shirt, stood on the banks of its Canadian counterpart in icy Nova Scotia.

A boat on Sydney Harbour, Nova Scotia (Dreamstime)

A boat on Sydney Harbour, Nova Scotia (Dreamstime)

 

2: Birmingham

Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham, UK (Dreamstime)

Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham, UK (Dreamstime)

The UK's second city isn't typically a travel hotspot, but its airport has good links that stretch across the globe. Handy, unless you accidently book a flight out of Birmingham, Alabama, in America’s Deep South, that is. It has been done.

Baseball field, Birmingham, Alabama

Baseball field, Birmingham, Alabama

 

3: San José

National Theatre, San José, Costa Rica (Dreamstime)

National Theatre, San José, Costa Rica (Dreamstime)

Costa Rica's capital is a gateway to the country's volcanoes, rainforests and rich wildlife. But make sure you you’re your booking with a fine eye before confirming, as you could just as easily end up in Silicon Valley’s Californian hub San Jose, USA, or even San José del Cabo in Mexico.

City Hall, San Jose, USA (Dreamstime)

City Hall, San Jose, USA (Dreamstime)

 

4: Granada

Dancers in Granada, Spain (Dreamstime)

Dancers in Granada, Spain (Dreamstime)

With castles and palaces dotting the Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada is a fine example of medieval grandeur. But one vowel slip later and you could be lapping up the flour-white sands and verdant jungles of Grenada in the Caribbean. Although to us this seems like a win-win, surely?

Dancerss in Caribbean Grenada (Dreamstime)

Dancerss in Caribbean Grenada (Dreamstime)

 

5: Dakar/Dhaka

Fishermen in Dakar, Senegal (Dreamstime)

Fishermen in Dakar, Senegal (Dreamstime)

It’s probably not one to worry about too much if you’re booking via the web, but if you’re on the phone it might be wise to clarify with the agent which city you mean. Otherwise, you could be left guessing as to whether you’ll end up in Senegal’s vibrant capital (Dakar) or the bustling Bangladeshi hub (Dhaka).

Fishermen in Dakar, Senegal (Dreamstime)

Fisherman in Dhaka, Bangladesh (Dreamstime)

 

Main image: Confused traveller on map (Dreamtime)