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Advice for Travelers from North America

travelers from North AmericaNorth Americans who travel abroad cannot expect to encounter the ways of their own country in the other countries they travel through. Every culture is unique and diverse. A majority of the people who travel abroad in North America reside in the United States and Canada. People from the United States have an unfortunate international reputation for being unadventurous. Americans are known in other countries as people who do not tend to embrace other people’s cultures. This is slowly changing with a rise of young people who are taking the initiative to travel abroad. All the same, Canadians and Americans have reputations that precede them the world over.

Canadians tend to do well traveling abroad. The world appreciates Canadians for their polite, friendly ways and for their unoffensive stance on global issues. Canadians tend to be welcomed wherever they go. There are still plenty of travel advisories on where Canadians are not presently safe to travel, but a majority of the world loves to have Canadians in their country. It is not uncommon for citizens of the United States to travel under a facade of Canadian residency to be more widely accepted.

To reiterate, the reason that people from the United States are sometimes rejected by people of other countries is because Americans have historically been limited in their ability to accept other cultures. Even as the U.S. was being formed, imperialism extended from England to the United States and gave Americans an inherent tendency to colonize. It has long been a tradition of Americans to usurp other cultures rather than embrace them. Plus, with the United States so long holding the global seat of power and economy, Americans felt little need to venture outside the country.

Advice for Travelers in North America

North America travel adviceNorth America is a vast and diverse place. Travels through North America require a great deal of savvy and preparedness. Anyone who has the opportunity should explore North America’s abundance of sights, tastes and sounds to the fullest. However, foreseeing journey to some degree is important. Here is some North American travel advice to ensure that your travels are safe and enjoyable:

  • Prepare carefully for your travels. This applies to anywhere you travel in the world. Having a set itinerary is a necessity for safe travel. Knowing where you will be staying and when keeps you on a plan, and allows your loved ones at home to know when you arriving somewhere and how long you are staying there. It is wise to map out your travels to be in control of the direction you are taking. Be sure to save enough money for everything you want to accomplish on your travels, and prepare for the dollar conversion, if you are traveling internationally. Traveler’s health insurance is a must for safety. Anything could happen to you while you are traveling and you do not want to be without health insurance in a strange place. Always put safety first.
  • Do not beĀ trusting with your possessions. Theft rates rise steeply for people who are traveling. Never leave your possessions in the care of someone you do not know. If you are staying in hostels or other places that allow people access to your belongings, lock them in a locker before leaving them unattended. Be aware of what you put in your pockets or on your person and keep an eye out for pick pockets at all times.
  • The longer you plan to travel, the lighter you should pack. If you intend for your travels to lead you a great distance over an extended period of time, you should pack less, not more. You want to be able to pick up and go quickly if you intend to move around a lot. Too many personal possessions will hinder your ability to do that. Plus, it is liberating to discover how little you need to survive in the world.

Traveling through North America

North America travelsThere are a plethora of things to see during travels through North America. There are 23 countries in North America, and Canada and the United States are the most frequently traveled of them. Anyone who makes the choice to travel throughout these two countries will be astounded at their beauty and memorability. So long as they have traveler’s insurance, money to live off of and are prepared for the unpredictable, will have an unforgettable time. Plan a lot of vacation time for yourself as you will want to absorb a great many things.

Canada is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Canada contains the world’s largest reserve of fresh water, which means the natural water sources of Canada are abundant, beautiful and recreational. A majority of Canada’s scenic wonders revolve around water of some sort, such as Niagara Falls, Lake Louise and the Great Lakes. Some of the most desirable travel destinations in Canada are the beaches of Vancouver Island, the cultured and lovely city of Vancouver, the ski slopes of Whistler, the wine of the Okanagan Valley, the epic Canadian Rockies and their beloved mountain towns of Jasper and Banff, the metropolis of Toronto, the Canadian side of the Great Lakes, the majesty of Niagara Falls and the arts capitol of Montreal.

Some times, a frame of mind for Travelling through North America has a lot to do with your mental health and frame of mind.

The United States of America are one of the world’s premiere travel destinations. As the most powerful country on earth and the seat of modern Western civilization and culture, the U.S. has natural draw for how it has influenced the world. Apart from that, the U.S. also contains incredible wonders and entertainment. California alone contains beaches, zip codes and natural parks that are some of the most famous in the world. New York is the business and culture capitol of the world, as well as being the most recognizable city in the world. Every corner of the U.S. has something to see, from the lights of Las Vegas to the jazz and Cajun cooking of New Orleans to the everglades of Florida.

The Traveling Life

traveling lifeA life of travel is a blessed one. There are lessons and gifts that one receives by traveling that cannot be received any other way. The feeling of freedom, the reward of new experiences and the humility before different ways of life are all part of what travel does to your soul. To maximize your travel experiences, consider the following tips:

  • Travel while you are young. You will benefit from travel at any phase of life, but none more so than in your youth. When we are young, we are flexible, hungry to learn and inspired. This is a phase of life that will set the tone for the rest of our lives. If you are brave enough to be adventurous, curious and courageous through travel, the benefits will be enormous. You will become cultured, enlightened and a valuable asset to the other endeavors you tackle in life. Not to mention, young legs and a young backĀ are much better at carrying backpacks!
  • Travel as far as you possibly can. The more you take in during your travels, the more you will grow as a person. Be bold and courageous in your travels. Mingle with the locals. Participate in the local culture. You will come away from it much wiser and much more cultured than you were before.
  • Travel extended. This requires a lot of courage because it often means surrendering some of your precious security. Extended travelling, the kind that requires at least a month (if not more), takes you to a whole new level of traveling. It allows you to become more consumed in the places you travel and develop other sides of your character for a more extended period of time. It is also liberating to break away from thinking that money and security are your only objectives in life. Merely committing to something that is not about making money, such as travel, is an excellent test of character as well as a sign of strength. Everyone should take this kind of action at least once in their lives.