I have something a bit embarrassing to admit.
I’m an American who has been to Asia, Europe, and South America–but I’ve never been to any of the other countries on my own continent. More specifically, I’ve never been to either of the United States’s two closest neighbors, Canada and Mexico.
Okay, one time when I was three years old I accompanied my parents on a cruise to Mexico, and another time when I was around nine I crossed the border at Niagara Falls. Whoopty doo.
I’m always so envious of people born on other continents. I have this romantic notion that if I could just live in France or Switzerland, I could catch a train or take a road-trip to a new country every month. The United States is so big, it seems like there’s nowhere close by to escape to.
Except, of course, for the fact that I live in Texas and my apartment is only approximately 5.5 hours from the Mexican border.
In my own defense, the United States/Mexican border is not really a bucket-list worthy destination. If I did want to visit Mexico, I’d almost definitely have to fly, not drive. But still–as a Texan, Mexico is easily my closest foreign destination–and yet I’ve never been!
So, I’m making it a goal in 2015 to visit both Mexico and Canada–but I could use some help! For my followers who either live in or have visited these two countries, where would you recommend I travel to?
These are some of the spots already on my radar:
Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Warm beaches with crystal clear water, ancient ruins like Chichen Itza and Coba, and cenotes galore.
Chiapas Region, Mexico
Lush jungles, the Sumidero Canyon, rivers and waterfalls, and the city of San Cristobal de las Casas.
COLORS. And I’ve heard the food here is great too.
Hello, Lake Louise!
British Columbia seems like the perfect escape from flat, hot Houston!
So, what did I miss? Where should I travel to this year in Mexico and Canada?