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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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          How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

          How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

          For all our social media bravado, we live in a society where communication is seen less as an art, and more as a perfunctory exercise. We spend so much time with people, yet we struggle with how to meaningfully communicate.

          If you believe you have mastered effective communication, scan the list below and see whether you can see yourself in any of the examples:

          Example 1

          You are uncomfortable with a person’s actions or comments, and rather than telling the individual immediately, you sidestep the issue and attempt to move on as though the offending behavior or comment never happened.

          You move on with the relationship and develop a pattern of not addressing challenging situations. Before long, the person with whom you are in relationship will say or do something that pushes you over the top and predictably, you explode or withdraw completely from the relationship.

          In this example, hard-to-speak truths become never- expressed truths that turn into resentment and anger.

          Example 2

          You communicate from the head and without emotion. While what you communicate makes perfect sense to you, it comes across as cold because it lacks emotion.

          People do not understand what motivates you to say what you say, and without sharing your feelings and emotions, others experience you as rude, cold or aggressive.

          You will know this is a problem if people shy away from you, ignore your contributions in meetings or tell you your words hurt. You can also know you struggle in this area if you find yourself constantly apologizing for things you have said.

          Example 3

          You have an issue with one person, but you communicate your problem to an entirely different person.

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          The person in whom you confide lacks the authority to resolve the matter troubling you, and while you have vented and expressed frustration, the underlying challenge is unresolved.

          Example 4

          You grew up in a family with destructive communication habits and those habits play out in your current relationships.

          Because you have never stopped to ask why you communicate the way you do and whether your communication style still works, you may lack understanding of how your words impact others and how to implement positive change.

          If you find yourself in any of the situations described above, this article is for you.

          Communication can build or decimate worlds and it is important we get it right. Regardless of your professional aspirations or personal goals, you can improve your communication skills if you:

          • Understand your own communication style
          • Tailor your style depending on the needs of the audience
          • Communicate with precision and care
          • Be mindful of your delivery, timing and messenger

          1. Understand Your Communication Style

          To communicate effectively, you must understand the communication legacy passed down from our parents, grandparents or caregivers. Each of us grew up with spoken and unspoken rules about communication.

          In some families, direct communication is practiced and honored. In other families, family members are encouraged to shy away from difficult conversations. Some families appreciate open and frank dialogue and others do not. Other families practice silence about substantive matters, that is, they seldom or rarely broach difficult conversations at all.

          Before you can appreciate the nuance required in communication, it helps to know the familial patterns you grew up with.

          2. Learn Others Communication Styles

          Communicating effectively requires you to take a step back, assess the intended recipient of your communication and think through how the individual prefers to be communicated with. Once you know this, you can tailor your message in a way that increases the likelihood of being heard. This also prevents you from assuming the way you communicate with one group is appropriate or right for all groups or people.

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          If you are unsure how to determine the styles of the groups or persons with whom you are interacting, you can always ask them:

          “How do you prefer to receive information?”

          This approach requires listening, both to what the individuals say as well as what is unspoken. Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson noted that the best communicators are also great listeners.

          To communicate effectively from relationship to relationship and situation to situation, you must understand the communication needs of others.

          3. Exercise Precision and Care

          A recent engagement underscored for me the importance of exercising care when communicating.

          On a recent trip to Ohio, I decided to meet up with an old friend to go for a walk. As we strolled through the soccer park, my friend gently announced that he had something to talk about, he was upset with me. His introduction to the problem allowed me to mentally shift gears and prepare for the conversation.

          Shortly after introducing the shift in conversation, my friend asked me why I didn’t invite him to the launch party for my business. He lives in Ohio and I live in the D.C. area.

          I explained that the event snuck up on me, and I only started planning the invite list three weeks before the event. Due to the last-minute nature of the gathering, I opted to invite people in the DMV area versus my friends from outside the area – I didn’t want to be disrespectful by asking them to travel on such short notice.

          I also noted that I didn’t want to be disappointed if he and others declined to come to the event. So I played it safe in terms of inviting people who were local.

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          In the moment, I felt the conversation went very well. I also checked in with my friend a few days after our walk, affirmed my appreciation for his willingness to communicate his upset and our ability to work through it.

          The way this conversation unfolded exemplified effective communication. My friend approached me with grace and vulnerability. He approached me with a level of curiosity that didn’t put me on my heels — I was able to really listen to what he was saying, apologize for how my decision impacted him and vow that going forward, I would always ask rather than making decisions for him and others.

          Our relationship is intact, and I now have information that will help me become a better friend to him and others.

          4. Be Mindful of Delivery, Timing and Messenger

          Communicating effectively also requires thinking through the delivery of the message one intends to communicate as well as the appropriate time for the discussion.

          In an Entrepreneur.com column, VIP Contributor Deep Patel, noted that persons interested in communicating well need to master the art of timing. Patel noted,[1]

          “Great comedians, like all great communicators, are able to feel out their audience to determine when to move on to a new topic or when to reiterate an idea.”

          Communicating effectively also requires thoughtfulness about the messenger. A person prone to dramatic, angry outbursts should never be called upon to deliver constructive feedback, especially to people whom they do not know. The immediate aftermath of a mass shooting is not the ideal time to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment rights.

          Like everyone else, I must work to ensure my communication is layered with precision and care.

          It requires precision because words must be carefully tailored to the person with whom you are speaking.

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          It requires intentionality because before one communicates, one should think about the audience and what the audience needs in order to hear your message the way you intended it to be communicated.

          It requires active listening which is about hearing verbal and nonverbal messages.

          Even though we may be right in what we say, how we say it could derail the impact of the message and the other parties’ ability to hear the message.

          Communicating with care is also about saying things that the people in our life need to hear and doing so with love.

          The Bottom Line

          When I left the meeting with my dear friend, I wondered if I was replicating or modeling this level of openness and transparency in the rest of my relationships.

          I was intrigued and appreciative. He’d clearly thought about what he wanted to say to me, picked the appropriate time to share his feedback and then delivered it with care. He hit the ball out of the park and I’m hopeful we all do the same.

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