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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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          Last Updated on March 14, 2019

          7 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview That Will Impress the Interviewer

          7 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview That Will Impress the Interviewer

          Recruiters might hold thousands of interviews in their careers and a lot of them are reporting the same thing—that most candidates play it safe with the questions they ask, or have no questions to ask in a job interview at all.

          For job applicants, this approach is crazy! This is a job that you’re going to dedicate a lot of hours to and that might have a huge impact on your future career. Don’t throw away the chance to figure out if the position is perfect for you.

          Here are 7 killer questions to ask in a job interview that will both impress your counterpart and give you some really useful insights into whether this job will be a dream … or a nightmare.

          1. What are some challenges I might come up against this role?

          A lesser candidate might ask, “what does a typical day look like in this role?” While this is a perfectly reasonable question to ask in an interview, focusing on potential challenges takes you much further because it indicates that you already are visualizing yourself in the role.

          It’s impressive because it shows that you are not afraid of challenges, and you are prepared to strategize a game plan upfront to make sure you succeed if you get the job.

          It can also open up a conversation about how you’ve solved problems in the past which can be a reassuring exercise for both you and the hiring manager.

          How it helps you:

          If you ask the interviewer to describe a typical day, you may get a vibrant picture of all the lovely things you’ll get to do in this job and all the lovely people you’ll get to do them with.

          Asking about potential roadblocks means you hear the other side of the story—dysfunctional teams, internal politics, difficult clients, bootstrap budgets and so on. This can help you decide if you’re up for the challenge or whether, for the sake of your sanity, you should respectfully decline the job offer.

          2. What are the qualities of really successful people in this role?

          Employers don’t want to hire someone who goes through the motions; they want to hire someone who will excel.

          Asking this question shows that you care about success, too. How could they not hire you with a dragon-slayer attitude like that?

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          How it helps you:

          Interviewers hire people who are great people to work with, but the definition of “great people” differs from person to person.

          Does this company hire and promote people with a specific attitude, approach, worth ethic or communication style? Are the most successful people in this role strong extroverts who love to talk and socialize when you are studious and reserved? Does the company reward those who work insane hours when you’re happiest in a more relaxed environment?

          If so, then this may not be the right match for you.

          Whatever the answer is, you can decide whether you have what it takes for the manager to be happy with your performance in this role. And if the interviewer has no idea what success looks like for this position, this is a sign to proceed with extreme caution.

          3. From the research I did on your company, I noticed the culture really supports XYZ. Can you tell me more about that element of the culture and how it impacts this job role?

          Of course, you could just ask “what is the culture like here? ” but then you would miss a great opportunity to show that you’ve done your research!

          Interviewers give BIG bonus point to those who read up and pay attention, and you’ve just pointed out that (a) you’re diligent in your research (b) you care about the company culture and (c) you’re committed to finding a great cultural fit.

          How it helps you:

          This question is so useful because it lets you pick an element of the culture that you really care about and that will have the most impact on whether you are happy with the organization.

          For example, if training and development is important to you, then you need to know what’s on offer so you don’t end up in a dead-end job with no learning opportunities.

          Companies often talk a good talk, and their press releases may be full of shiny CSR initiatives and all the headline-grabbing diversity programs they’re putting in place. This is your opportunity to look under the hood and see if the company lives its values on the ground.

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          A company that says it is committed to doing the right thing by customers should not judge success by the number of up-sells an employee makes, for instance. Look for consistency, so you aren’t in for a culture shock after you start.

          4. What is the promotion path for this role, and how would my performance on that path be measured?

          To be clear, you are not asking when you will get promoted. Don’t go there—it’s presumptuous, and it indicates that you think you are better than the role you have applied for.

          A career-minded candidate, on the other hand, usually has a plan that she’s working towards. This question shows you have a great drive toward growth and advancement and an intention to stick with the company beyond your current state.

          How it helps you:

          One word: hierarchy.

          All organizations have levels of work and authority—executives, upper managers, line managers, the workforce, and so on. Understanding the hierarchical structure gives you power, because you can decide if you can work within it and are capable of climbing through its ranks, or whether it will be endlessly frustrating to you.

          In a traditional pyramid hierarchy, for example, the people at the bottom tend to have very little autonomy to make decisions. This gets better as you rise up through the pyramid, but even middle managers have little power to create policy; they are more concerned with enforcing the rules the top leaders make.

          If having a high degree of autonomy and accountability is important to you, you may do better in a flat hierarchy where work teams can design their own way of achieving the corporate goals.

          5. What’s the most important thing the successful candidate could accomplish in their first 3 months/6 months/year?

          Of all the questions to ask in a job interview, this one is impressive because it shows that you identify with and want to be a successful performer, and not just an average one.

          Here, you’re drilling down into what the company needs, and needs quite urgently, proving that you’re all about adding value to the organization and not just about what’s in it for you.

          How it helps you:

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          Most job descriptions come with 8, 10 or 12 different job responsibilities and a lot of them with be boilerplate or responsibilities that someone in HR thinks are associated with this role. This question gives you a better sense of which responsibilities are the most important—and they may not be what initially attracted you to the role.

          If you like the idea of training juniors, for example, but success is judged purely on your sales figures, then is this really the job you thought you were applying for?

          This question will also give you an idea of what kind of learning curve you’re expected to have and whether you’ll get any ramp-up time before getting down to business. If you’re the type of person who likes to jump right in and get things done, for instance, you may not be thrilled to hear that you’re going to spend the first three months shadowing a peer.

          6. What do you like about working here?

          This simple question is all about building rapport with the interviewer. People like to talk about themselves, and the interviewer will be flattered that you’re interested in her opinions.

          Hopefully, you’ll find some great connection points that the two of you share. What similar things drive you head into the office each day? How will you fit into the culture?

          How it helps you:

          You can learn a lot from this question. Someone who genuinely enjoys his job will be able to list several things they like, and their answers will sound passionate and sincere. If not….well, you might consider that a red flag.

          Since you potentially can learn a lot about the company culture from this question, it’s a good idea to figure out upfront what’s important to you. Maybe you’re looking for a hands-off boss who values independent thought and creativity? Maybe you work better in environments that move at a rapid, exciting pace?

          Whatever’s important to you, listen carefully and see if you can find any common ground.

          7. Based on this interview, do you have any questions or concerns about my qualifications for the role?

          What a great closing question to ask in a job interview! It shows that you’re not afraid of feedback—in fact, you are inviting it. Not being able to take criticism is a red flag for employers, who need to know that you’ll act on any “coaching moments” with a good heart.

          As a bonus, asking this question shows that you are really interested in the position and wish to clear up anything that may be holding the company back from hiring you.

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          How it helps you:

          What a devious beast this question is! On the surface, it looks straightforward, but it’s actually giving you four key pieces of information.

          First, is the manager capable of giving you feedback when put on the spot like this? Some managers are scared of giving feedback, or don’t think it’s important enough to bother outside of a formal performance appraisal. Do you want to work for a boss like that? How will you improve if no one is telling you what you did wrong?

          Second, can the manager give feedback in a constructive way without being too pillowy or too confrontational? It’s unfair to expect the interviewer to have figured out your preferred way of receiving feedback in the space of an interview, but if she come back with a machine-gun fire of shortcomings or one of those corporate feedback “sandwiches” (the doozy slipped between two slices of compliment), then you need to ask yourself, can you work with someone who gives feedback like that?

          Third, you get to learn the things the hiring manager is concerned about before you leave the interview. This gives you the chance to make a final, tailored sales pitch so you can convince the interviewer that she should not be worried about those things.

          Fourth, you get to learn the things the hiring manager is concerned about period. If turnover is keeping him up at night, then your frequent job hopping might get a lot of additional scrutiny. If he’s facing some issues with conflict or communication, then he might raise concerns regarding your performance in this area.

          Listen carefully: the concerns that are being raised about you might actually be a proxy for problems in the wider organization.

          Making Your Interview Work for You

          Interviews are a two-way street. While it is important to differentiate yourself from every other candidate, understand that convincing the interviewer you’re the right person for the role goes hand-in-hand with figuring out if the job is the right fit for you.

          Would you feel happy in a work environment where the people, priorities, culture and management style were completely at odds with the way you work? Didn’t think so!

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