Affordable Travel Guide to North America

From Polar to Tropical, from Atlantic to Pacific

North America

The rest of the world tends to view North America as “America”. And when they make that reference, they insinuate Canada and the U.S.A. as some sort of amalgamated unit. Nothing could be farther than the truth. North America comprises several distinctly unique countries and destinations, namely:

  • Canada. This is actually not the completely northernmost nation in North America, and while is does have a massive collection of extreme north islands, such as Baffin Island, it also has a spot in the province of Ontario that is further south than the northern parts of California. It’s the second largest country on the planet. It is globally respected for sensible governance and steady finance, and its madly polite citizenry, but it may be the most misunderstood country on earth. Canada is a multi-cultural, sophisticated nation, a driving force in the world economy.
  • The United States of America. The connect United States, plus Alaska and Hawaii, translates into a wild diversity of culture, climate and accents. Add places like U.S.A. territory, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and you have just abut every type of people, food, weather and lifestyle imaginable. From desert regions in Arizona, to the Rocky Mountains of Washington State, to the beachy sands of Cape Cod on the east coast, to bustling Miami and New York, America is all about extremes and diversity. Unlike Canada, where the majority of the population lives in the southern portion of the country, the U.S.A.’s citizens are spread all over the land; it has about eleven times the population of Canada, in a smaller landmass.
  • Greenland. Technically the largest island in the world, Greenland is said to be been settled by Eric the Red and his family after he was charged with murder in Iceland, and fled. He named it Greenland, falsely, in the hopes the happy name would attract other immigrants. Today Greenland is home to a largely indigenous population, fewer than 60,000, and is an autonomous nation within the Kingdom of Denmark. Three-quarters of this extreme north island is covered with an ice sheet, and the average high temperature each year is just 7°C/45°F. The towns and villages, including the capital Nuuk, lie in the southern portion of the island on the coast.
  • Mexico. A country bathed in sunshine and heat (where you want it, on the beaches during the winter months!), Mexico also has two mountain ranges shrouded in coolness and humidity, wherein there remain active volcanoes. It’s the winter vacation choice for many North Americans, but there are crime issues that have marred its reputation as a travel destination; it doesn’t seem to stop people from visiting. Mexico’s roughly 118 million citizens are spread across the country, but many live in Mexico City, the capital, a hub of crowds and pollution. It is the Pacific Ocean and mostly the Gulf of Mexico that draw tourists to the pristine beaches, spicy cuisine and heat, especially to locales like Cancun. The ancients of Mexico, the Aztecs, gave the world the gift of chocolate.
  • St. Pierre & Miquelon. These two pretty islands are part of an archipelago of 8 islands belonging to France, but they sit just off the southwest coast of Newfoundland, Canada; the residents, which number only 6,000, welcome tourists and deliver a truly French experience in North America. Newfoundlanders and the people of St. Pierre and Miquelon have a long-standing friendship; it’s not unusual to hop a boat to go to St. Pierre for dinner (or cheap rum!).
  • The Caribbean. Not one country, but a collection of islands owned by several nations including France, the U.K. and The Netherlands, The Caribbean includes well-known tropical islands like Jamaica and Barbados, but there are many smaller islands and island groups that fewer people visit, and should know about. Turks & Caicos, for example, is a safe, staggeringly beautiful group of islands where R&R is king. Have you seen Montserrat, the “Emerald Isle of the Caribbean”? While two-thirds of it had to be evacuated due to a 1995 volcanic eruption, and there are still areas too f=dangerous to visit (due to on-going volcanic activity), the rest of this small island is rebuilding and it’s a beauty with greenery and mountains galore.

From ice-coated fjords to white sand tropical beaches, North America has everything the imagination can conjure. Nobody can cover North America in a single vacation session, so it’s mandatory to pick a certain area and devote your holiday there. If it’s French cuisine you crave, then visit St. Pierre and Miquelon, or Québec City. Lobster? Nova Scotia, Maine, or Prince Edward Island have your dinner waiting. Heat and sand? Try the Mexican Riviera or Puerto Rico. Maybe you’re looking for great nightlife and a city visit; then New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and Montréal have what you want. Adventure and the outdoors? The Painted Desert outside of Las Vegas or northern British Columbia are answers to your dreams. The options are endless in North America.

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