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4 Reasons Why Canada is the Perfect Backpacker Destination

4 Reasons Why Canada is the Perfect Backpacker Destination

Some people enjoy a life of security and comfort and there are the other groups of people who live on the brink of adrenaline. They live at the edge of adventure and comfort is a lingo they never understood. Risk takers and extreme opportunity hunters are what we call backpackers. They’re self-dependent and are able to survive despite circumstances. Some might even say they enjoy the drill of challenges and it gives them a sense of accomplishment overcoming hurdles.

Canada, however, is the perfect backpacker destination. It somehow captivates the hearts and the minds of any traveller. With the unlimited resources and fun adventures, no backpacker could turn their heads from Canada.

What are these exquisite reasons? What makes Canada unforgettable?

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    1. Hitchhikers Galore

    When you’re a backpacker, you prefer to hitchhike instead of taking the typical expensive trains or buses. You choose to hitchhike, because to some extent it shows you the culture of the country you’re in and allows you to get to know the people better, on a more personal basis. You enjoy being part of the country instead of being known as the tourist, hence by hitchhiking you get invited to view any country from another perspective.

    In Canada, they say “You either drive for 5 minutes or 5 hours.” Their expansive highways and their geographical positions everything in that country far from one another. With lots of nature surrounding it, you would have a jolly good drive anywhere you go. Hence, hailing your hand on the side of the street and getting Canadians to give you a ride to your destination, is a plan that can never go wrong.

    Plus, these journeys are made exquisite with the unlimited food ventures on the side of the highway. If you love food and love dipping your fingers in maple syrup or anything covered in maple syrup, then this would be the perfect ride for you.

    So what are you waiting for?

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      2. Perfect for Historians

      Over the years as a backpacker, the one thing I’ve learned is that every backpacker has a different agenda. For example, my partner and I are completely different people when it comes to travelling. I prefer to scavenge and hunt for food while my partner prefers to hunt for old architecture and discover the mysteries of history.

      For those who love history, you’ll soon discover Canada is a treasure for both the English and the French. Quebec City has been the land of the French. If you’re passing by Quebec and Montreal, be sure to catch a glimpse of the beautiful French architecture. Dated from the 17th and the 18th century, this city has managed to preserve its beauty and be part of the UNESCO World Heritage. On the other hand, the British Columbia regions will bring you back to the English. With teas and cupcakes, you’ll be able to enjoy the fine English poise and simplicity. A visit to the British Columbia is definitely a necessity if you would want to truly encompass Canada and its culture.

      However, these would only be a gist of what Canada has to offer. If you’re looking for more, be sure to enjoy a nice cup of tea or beer with the locals there. You will definitely strike gold, as they can introduce you to places which aren’t every tourist’s fancy.

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        3. The People

        Usually, people have a different perspective of countries they’ve never been to, based on their names. For example, when someone mentions Romania, you would presume a land filled with castles and if you say Kenya you would associate it with the Safaris. This same concept applies to our perspective of the people in the country too.

        Canada has always held the impressions of being the North Pole of planet Earth, the constant imagination of Rudolf and a magical wonderland is something unavoidable. Unfortunately, that’s nothing but a myth. Canada is a country with several seasons, most of which has the sun shining brightly. The people in Canada, despite the temperature and the weather, are the kindest. You can find them smiling and greeting you almost anywhere you go and it’s rather hard to find someone who’s rude or isn’t willing to help.

        People in Canada are known for their diversity and their hospitality If you’re a backpacker, then you might find this a great opportunity to make some new friends and create your own circle. No one has ever regretted having a Canadian as their best friend. Who knows you might even find your soulmate there.

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          4. All Food Lovers Paradise

          After almost 5 years of travelling, the one thing I find important is food. A country that can represent its identity with just their food is a country worth visiting at least once in your lifetime. A country’s cuisine can show their history and how they’ve grown to adapt to the course of history.

          Canada can offer you just that. Everywhere you can find amazing delicacies that would fit your everyday needs. Their prized possession “Maple Syrup” is something that you shouldn’t miss. Even if you haven’t much of a sweet tooth, you’ll definitely find this irresistible. In Quebec, you’ll be able to find the best pastries and cheese that could satisfy your wildest fantasies while in the British Columbia colonies you’ll be able to find the famous English breakfast with their delicious blood sausage.

          Plus, food in Canada is reasonably priced, so cost should never be the reason for you to avoid these awesome delicacies. Avoid the common mistake everyone does by heading straight into a fast food joint. Instead, do your research and you’ll definitely discover many unique cuisines for the same price as the McDonald’s Menu.

          Conclusion

          If you enjoy being a backpacker, then make sure you visit Canada.

          Its beauty, people, and food will definitely captivate you and provide you with your own, unique adventure. For those who enjoy the nature, fear not, you’ll find tons of trails to hike and climb with unlimited greenery all around you.

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          No!

          It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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          But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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          What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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          But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

          1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
          2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
          3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
          4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
          5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
          6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
          7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
          8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
          9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
          10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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