North America

North America

by Paul Chapman — Posted on February 13, 2017

North America is a continent entirely within the Northern Hemisphere and almost all within the Western Hemisphere. It can also be considered a northern subcontinent of the Americas. It is bordered to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, to the west and south by the Pacific Ocean, and to the southeast by South America and the Caribbean Sea. North America covers an area of about 24,709,000 square kilometers (9,540,000 square miles), about 16.5% of the earth’s land area and about 4.8% of its total surface. North America is the third largest continent by area, following Asia and Africa, and the fourth by population after Asia, Africa, and Europe. In 2013, its population was estimated at nearly 565 million people in 23 independent states, or about 7.5% of the world’s population, if nearby islands (most notably the Caribbean) are included.

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  1. Canada
    Maple LeafIntro: Canada might be stereotyped as the land of beer-drinking hockey players who pass the time producing maple syrup or partaking of lumberjack activities. Some will probably think of it as adrift politically and culturally to the USA and as a second thought to its much publicised, big-city, neighbour to the South. While some of the stereotypes are true, there is much more to Canada.

    The Great White North is an outdoors paradise both in the winter and the summer and rivals the likes of New Zealand, South Africa and Brazil for spectacular natural beauty. It is a popular skiing and winter sports destination with loads of possibilities and winter festivals. In the summer, there are endless hiking, mountain biking, rafting, canoeing, and camping sites. With a rich history and multi-ethnic population, any traveller will feel right at home when travelling within the country.

    Canada can be considered liberal, tolerant and, without doubt, very tourist-friendly. Several aspects of Canada will appeal to the independent traveller. From coast to coast, there is an extensive range of hostels and budget accommodation. There are also campsites all around that are popular among Canadians and tourists. It is also safe, especially in comparison to the US and affordable compared to parts of Western Europe/USA. Canada is sparsely populated outside the big cities and getting off the beaten track is not difficult at all.

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  2. Top 10 Cheap Backpacking Tips
    Pack Light. With backpacking, your mantra should always be pack light. …
    Camp Out. …
    Get a Hostel with a Kitchen. …
    Bring Your Own Snacks. …
    Buy a Train Pass. …
    Walk, Don’t Take a Cab. …
    Be Careful of Pickpockets and Scam Artists. …
    Visit the Liquor Store.

  3. No one understands the phrase “Sticking to a Budget” quite like a seasoned backpacker. And if you’re next
    destination is North America, this phrase should be no exception.
    Regardless of whether this is your first trip to Bali or your twentieth, as a traveler you will know that there is
    always something more to see or do. The real secret to getting by cheaply as a backpacker, and making the
    most of your time, is following what the local Indonesian’s do when travelling and backpacking. You’ll
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    authentic form; a side of the island that is truly untarnished from the demands of tourism, remarkably loyal
    to its own culture and traditions.
    With this handy guide to budget eating, living and travel, money no longer has to be the defining factor in
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    As one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations, the sheer mass of people bustling around the
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  4. The first thing I need to tell you about so called solo travel is that you’re hardly ever alone!

    That’s the great thing about backpacking – it’s a social thing to do.

    No matter where in the world I’ve been it’s never been an issue to meet new people – hell I even met a guy on my first flight to Australia and ended up travelling with him for 2 months!

    I took a 3 week trip to Thailand before I started my current adventure and literally spent no more than 45mins without someone to talk too during the who thing.

    Unless you really can’t talk to strangers or you put yourself across as cold, boring or super weird making new friends on the road is no worries at all, and more often than not you’ll join these new faces to explore with – whether that’s on a day trip or making your way around an entire country or continent you’ll never be short of friendly faces.

    And the people you spend time travelling with will more often than not become some of your greatest and closest friends – travelling is a very intense and unique thing to share.


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