North America is a continent full of wild differences – from the cultures, to the geography, to the climate. It’s home to two of the largest countries in the world by land mass: the USA and Canada. It’s also home to Mexico, and many island nations (some of which would probably prefer to be labeled as the Caribbean).
I was born in California, in the USA, and spent most of my growing up years in Michigan. Michigan was a funny place to grow up, geography-wise, because as long as you brought your drivers license you could just casually drive across the border to Canada. As a result, I’ve also spent a lot of time in Canada and feel that my own culture (and accent, if you ask Dan!) is somewhere between the two.
I adore traveling in North America, especially its more off-beat destinations, and in my own relative backyard in the Midwest USA. However, I do think it’s important for travelers here to be aware of the violent past this continent has. The land you travel on was colonized, and ethical travelers should make an effort to learn its true history.
“I do not think the measure of a civilization is how tall its buildings of concrete are, but rather how well its people have learned to relate to their environment and fellow man.”
SO YOU’RE CONSIDERING
TRAVELING TO NORTH AMERICA?
Unlike continents like Europe, where transport is easy and tightly packed, it can be difficult to travel through North America. You’ll find huge distances between destinations, and less developed transport routes. That’s just to say, get in the mood for a road trip!
There’s no better way to see the USA and Canada, and there are so many road trip options in each region. I advise checking out RentalCars.com for the best rates if you need to rent.
You could choose to explore NYC (like spending a day at this Korean spa with a skyline view), or head to the wilderness of Northern Michigan or the Pacific Northwest. Or maybe explore cultured Quebec City, or swim with manatees in Florida. Whatever you decide, I’m sure you’ll love traveling throughout North America.