Discover The Wonders Of Canada

If you have had your fill of European destinations and want to try something new, Canada has more than most to offer the adventurous traveler. It’s vast open spaces and glorious scenery combine for a truly impressive traveling adventure.

You now require an eTA to visit Canada for tourism, transit or business trips that are going to last less than six months. You can find out lots more information and details of how to apply on the Canadian eta website so check this out several months before you leave. Make sure that you have adequate travel and health insurance in place and that your passport is up to date. If you are participating in sports such as skiing you may need additional insurance.

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Vancouver is a chic coastal city and an ideal base for your trip but it’s the outdoors that makes this area truly spectacular. Here are some sights that you cannot miss. Whatever your tastes in outdoor adventures, Vancouver, and the surrounding area has something to offer you that you will not be able to resist!

Stanley Park for garden lovers

There are more than 1,000 acres of space at Stanley Park making it one of the largest urban parks in North America. There is something for everyone there. You can take a relaxing stroll around the flowering gardens and wooded areas spotting the natural flora and fauna. For the more adventurous, you can hire a bike or some roller blades and check out the Seawall 5.5-mile path.

Grouse Mountain for winter sports lovers

True adventure is a short 15-minute drive from downtown Vancouver. On Grouse Mountain you can ski, snowboard, snowshoe or ice skate. If that is a bit much for you there are gentle sleigh rides as well. If your trip is in the summer, you don’t have to lose out. Swap winter sports for zip lines and trekking. The 1-mile long aerial tramway to the gorgeous Observatory restaurant is not to be missed.

Whistler Blackcomb for the gondolas

Travel a little further from Vancouver (around two hours) and you reach Whistler Blackcomb – a vast 8,000 acres of pure fun. There are two mountains and oceans of space where you can ride the PEAK 2 PEAK gondola. This is a perfect destination for a winter or a summer break so take your pick. Winter sports include skiing and snowboarding but in the summer, you can go mountain-biking along challenging trails and try out outdoor adventures like zip trekking. The area is well serviced by more than 130 restaurants so refueling after your exercise is not a problem! If the weather does turn a little bad you can always head indoors to one of the 200 shops!

Sea safari for water lovers

A coastal city has got to have coastal adventures and Vancouver does not fail in this. You can spot seals, whales, and blue herons in the waters near the city. You can choose from a sedate kayak trip or a thrilling sea safari from Howe Sound.

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How To Prepare For Your Volunteering Adventure

If you’ve planned a volunteering adventure or it’s something you really want to do, then you must be so excited! An adventure like this one will not only change the lives of others, it’ll change yours too. To have the best time, it only makes sense to go prepared. Here’s how to prepare for your volunteering adventure:

Read Up On The Place

Before you head off on your volunteering adventure, read up on the place you’re volunteering with. They will help you if you need any advice, and you can learn a lot by reading about other people’s experiences. However, you can’t guarantee that yours will go the same way, so don’t treat them as gospel.

Learn All About Local Culture

You should have an idea of where you’re going to go, so learn all about the local culture. Learning about the local culture will give you some sort of idea on what to expect. You’ll also learn how not to offend people, as this can be a big problem when travelling to foreign countries. Even if you volunteer with Orangutans, you’ll need to interact with local people! Something that is innocent enough in your home country might be considered extremely rude in another culture. Respecting cultures and traditions is important, even while volunteering.

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Make A List Of Things To Take With You

Make a list of things to take with you so you don’t feel like you’ve forgotten anything. You should be able to find lists online, but it’ll probably vary depending on where you’re going and what you’re doing. As with any adventure like this, it’s probably a good idea to pack as light as you can.

Save As Much As You Can

Volunteering isn’t free, so you should save as much as you can to live comfortably while you’re out there. The money you save will help you to purchase food, souvenirs, phone cards to stay in touch with family, and of course any other adventures you want to have while you’re away. You’ll always wish you had more money, so make sure you save as much as you can!

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Take Safety Precautions

Taking safety precautions will ensure that you have peace of mind on your travels, and stay safe. You should do things like note down important numbers, and keep things like your passport in a safe place. If you plan on going exploring in your free time, let people know where you’re going and when you expect to be back.

Book A Doctor’s Appointment

No matter where you’re going, booking a doctor’s appointment is essential. You’ll be checked over to make sure you’re good to go, and you’ll also have any vaccinations you might need to keep you healthy on your trip.

Your volunteering adventure will likely be the best thing you ever do. Just make sure you prepare for it properly, and you’ll have the most incredible experience. Just think of the stories you’ll be able to tell when you arrive home! Do you have tips for preparing for an adventure such as this? Leave a comment!

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