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How Americans Celebrate 4th July Abroad

Calling all Americans currently traveling the world! Where will you be on Independence Day and how will you be celebrating 4th July abroad? Independence Day is the national day of the United States of America and it is also known as the Fourth of July. This federal holiday marks the adoption of the Declaration of Independence which declared the USA’s …

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How to Celebrate Canada Day 2012

Greetings all Canucks far and wide! In only one short week our home and native land will be celebrating a birthday for Canada Day 2012, do you have your party plans arranged? Last year for Canada we featured a post about how Canadian travelers and expats celebrate Canada Day abroad. This year for Canada Day 2012 we will give you …

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Top Things to Do in Washington DC

As American as apple pie, festooned with cherry blossoms and brimming with museums and marble monuments, Washington DC is more than just a political city full of paperwork and bureaucrats. It was designed by a Parisian and you can see the influence in the wide tree lined boulevards, open front porches and lack of skyscrapers. With world class art, culture …

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Why I Am In Love With St. John’s, Newfoundland

Brightly coloured row houses are perched on back-breakingly steep streets. An industrial wharf is home to enormous fishing boats which are dwarfed by the rocky ridges of the enclosed harbor. The endless icy North Atlantic sea surrounds the protected bay and icebergs float serenely by like clouds in a clear blue sky. As soon as I arrived in St. John’s …

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How to Travel Without a Car in North America

North America is vast and spread out which makes Canada and the USA harder to travel without a car than other countries. We recently backpacked across Canada and down into the USA without having our own vehicle. These are some of the methods of transport that we relied on to travel without a car, in descending order from most expensive …

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Photos: Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Banff National Park is truly one of the most beautiful natural areas of Canada and in my humble opinion, one of the most stunning landscapes I have ever visited in my life. The towering rugged shapes of the mountains, the pale blue of the glacial lakes and rivers, the thick green forests, and the dramatic skies fill me with awe …

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Global Goose is Going to New Orleans!

In one week Lee and I will be heading down south to New Orleans to revel in the lively culture of the “Big Easy”. We had a six day break over the long weekend and we decided that the 23 hour bus journey from Virginia was worth it to get a chance to see this legendary city. I have wanted …

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Searching For Moose in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland

It was a cold winter day in Newfoundland and we were being driven up and down winding roads through the mountains, watching the icy mountainous landscape roll past us. Our amazing Couchsurfing hosts in Corner Brook insisted on taking us up to visit Gros Morne National Park during our stay. We are grateful that they did, because after a few …

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Visiting Ground Zero 9/11 Memorial – New York City

While we were in New York this March Lee and spent time visiting Ground Zero 9/11 Memorial. The site features two deep waterfall pools located on the spots where the towers used to be and a museum and new skyscraper which are currently under construction. Aside from the fall of the Berlin Wall (which I have no memory of because …

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Hitchhiking and the Art of Weightlessness

Hitchhiking Around Newfoundland

This is one of my favourite photos of myself. I am somewhere on the highway between Clarenville and Gander in Newfoundland, Canada. Lee and I were hitchhiking across this isolated island province, couch-surfing in small villages. See that little pile of luggage there on the roadside behind me? Those bags contain everything that Lee and I own in the entire world. …

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Exploring Parliament and Eating Beaver Tails in Ottawa – Cross Canada Adventure

Located just across the river from Quebec, this bilingual city was our first preview of the French Canadian culture that awaited us further down the road. We caught a ride-share with some students from the bustling big city lights of Toronto to the slightly more reserved and historic city of Ottawa. Filled with stately government buildings, leafy boulevards, pretty canals …

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