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Guys, Here's The Honest Truth About Traveling In Europe Vs. Traveling In Canada

From sea to airport to sea.

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Canada and Europe have something in common:

GORGEOUS destinations.

Banff, Alberta.
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Banff, Alberta.

Quebec City, Quebec.
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Quebec City, Quebec.

Crapaud, Prince Edward Island.
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Crapaud, Prince Edward Island.

Carcassonne, France
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Carcassonne, France

Bibury, UK
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Bibury, UK

Barcelona, Spain
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Barcelona, Spain

But, while we Canadians like to explore our own beautiful country, it's just that getting around can be a bit...well...

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That gif pretty much sums it up.

And if you've ever travelled in Europe, you know it's like riding a flying unicorn in comparison.

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Here are some plain truths about traveling within Canada versus traveling within Europe.

WEEKEND TRIPS:

Weekend trips in Europe = endless possibilities.

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Paris? Barcelona? Amsterdam? No problem.

Weekend trips in Canada = whatever's a two-hour car ride away?

Who's up for a trip to West Edmonton Mall? They have a freaking PIRATE SHIP.
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Who's up for a trip to West Edmonton Mall? They have a freaking PIRATE SHIP.

TRAVELING BY PLANE:

Flights from London to Marseille = I guess I could cough up 30£.

Oh, 30£ more for a return flight? Fine, I won't get takeaway this weekend.
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Oh, 30£ more for a return flight? Fine, I won't get takeaway this weekend.

Flights from Vancouver to Toronto = a bajillion dollars.

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I have no monies left.

TRAVELING BY TRAIN:

Train travel in Europe = an inexpensive and scenic way to get from point A to point B.

Train travel in Canada = a CRAZY EXPENSIVE, though also scenic, way to get from point A to point B.

(From Vancouver to Toronto)
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(From Vancouver to Toronto)

ROAD TRIPPING:

After an 8 hour road trip in Europe = you've seen the French, Belgian, and German countrysides.

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After an 8 hour road trip in Canada = you're probably still in Ontario.

On your European road trip = stop in a quaint village for lunch.

And probably have the most delicious coq-au-vin you've ever tasted.
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And probably have the most delicious coq-au-vin you've ever tasted.

On your Canadian road trip = swing by a DQ. Or Subway if you feel like "clean eating."

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MAKING OVERNIGHT PITSTOPS:

Need a place to stay after a long day of driving? In Europe = pop in to a charming bed and breakfast.

Where the hosts will probably treat you to the rich history of the village over a local bottle of wine.
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Where the hosts will probably treat you to the rich history of the village over a local bottle of wine.

In Canada = we have some great motels, where there are vending machines with VANILLA COKE.

VANILLA COKE. But there's no cable so you'll have to watch Corner Gas reruns.
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VANILLA COKE. But there's no cable so you'll have to watch Corner Gas reruns.

LANDMARKS:

In Europe = landmarks like the ruins of medieval Abbeys.

Been around since the 12th Century.
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Been around since the 12th Century.

In Canada = landmarks like Chuck, The Channel Cat.

This beauty dates from the great era of 1986.
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This beauty dates from the great era of 1986.

But in all seriousness, Canada is big and vast and filled with amazing places to visit.

And whether by air...

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...or land,

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there are plenty of things to see.

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And getting there is just part of the adventure.

(...but we'll still be traveling in Europe in the meantime. SORRY.)
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(...but we'll still be traveling in Europe in the meantime. SORRY.)

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