Wordle for Frequent Flyers: Guess Countries, Flags, Sights & Airports

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Is Wordle still a thing? Even if the hype surrounding the word game has flattened since last year, it’s still a nice game for short breaks during the day. So today, we would like to present you with some adaptations that might be a little more exciting for frequent travellers like us, such as a wordle with country forms and IATA codes – of course, they can both be played for free.

What is Wordle?

Have you managed to avoid Wordle so far? Congratulations. Since its release in October 2021, the game has taken over social media channels around the world. And that is certainly also due to the simple game principle: users only have to enter five letters to guess a word. With a total of 6 attempts, the respective colours indicate whether the letters are correct:

  • Grey box ⬜️: Letter does not appear in the word
  • Yellow box 🟨: Letter occurs in the word, but in a different position
  • Green box: 🟩: Letter and position are correct

So you can work your way up to the right term step by step. Here’s an example:

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With the original and many adaptations, only one word can be guessed each day. This makes it possible to share the day’s progress with fellow players. On other sites, you can also play multiple times in a row.

Airportle – Wordle with IATA Codes

Do you know that feeling when you see a three-letter code somewhere and immediately have to think of the corresponding airport? When they mention DRS during a formula 1 race, I don’t think of the Drag Reduction System but inevitably of Dresden’s airport.

If you feel the same way, Airportle might be perfect for you. There you have to guess the IATA codes of different airports worldwide. It then looks something like this:

Worldle – Guess Country Shapes

A slightly more sophisticated Wordle implementation is Worldle. The other day, a person played it in front of me on the plane. And as someone who has spent a lot of time with Geoguessr, I was immediately drawn to the game. Only the outline of a country is displayed here, which you then have to guess:

Well, do you know? In this case, I figured it out, at least on the third try. Luckily, there is a compass to help you. It shows in which direction – and how many kilometres away – the desired country is located:

And as it should be for Wor(l)dle, the whole thing can of course also be shared on Twitter, WhatsApp, …. It then looks like this:

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Flagle – Guess Flags

For those who spend less time looking at maps but more time, e.g. watching the world cup, you may be more familiar with the countries’ flags than their outline. In that case, you may enjoy playing flagle:

Statele – Guess US States

This one is for our readers from the US, or those who travel there often. Can you recognize each US state by its outline?

For, instance, which state is this?

Furthermore, there are 4 bonus rounds, where you can also test your knowledge of the state’s neighbouring states, capital, flag, and some facts about the state. By the way, the state in the picture is West Virginia.

Wheretaken – Guess where the photo is from

In this version, you’ll be shown a picture and have to guess where it was taken. There’s a worldwide version and one that is limited to places in the US.

There are also some fun bonus rounds, where e.g. you’ll have to say which of the pictures was taken in a certain place and what the place is called.

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Though no longer as popular and trendy as before, these games can be a nice pass-time while you’re waiting for your train/plane or simply taking a break from work. And while the normal worldle is just a pass-time, you’ll even sharpen your geography skills with these – and maybe even discover a place that you’d like to travel to. When you do, we’ll have the right deal ready.

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Comments (3)

  1. dave says:

    Globle is another one for travel geeks. But like Worldle but you get the globe to look at and distances, but no direction indicator

    • Peer says:

      Thanks for the tip. Another interesting idea, although quite frustrating when being stuck somewhere in Africa without any auto-fill suggestions.

  2. Nicolas says:

    Thank you.

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