5 Rarely Explored North American Travel Spots

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The turquoise waters of the Tamul Waterfall are as wondrous as the journey to reach them. A short vacation is often exactly what is required to let off some steam and get back to work with renewed vigor. However, for short getaways, one is often strapped for ideas. We inevitably end up with locations that are either too popular or just too out of reach for the amount of time you have. But do not allow that to deter you from taking that break you need!

OROGOLD brings you 5 underrated vacation spots that you can go to without leaving North America.

Sima de las Cotorras, Mexico
 A striking 160 km wide sinkhole that goes down for a dizzying 140 meters is definitely a sight worth seeing. With ancient red paintings decorating the insides of this sinkhole and streams of green parrots pouring out of its mouth at daybreak make it one of the most spectacular vistas in North America, if not the world. Its exclusive tours are reserved quickly so it would be a good idea to get a jump on the bookings.

Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico
If you enjoy skiing then Taos Ski valley is the location for you. Not popular once upon a time due to underdevelopment it has finally caught up with its bigger cousins. With improved snow-making facilities and new runs being opened up this is one location that is definitely going to see a spurt in tourism over the next few years. A strong local presence and an artists’ colony lend this valley a distinct culture and make it a wonderful getaway even in between ski seasons.

Athabasca Glacier, Canada
Situated in the Canadian Rockies, this is a glacial adventure unlike any other. You can book a guided tour wherein you have to travel on the ice explorer, a vehicle designed to travel on glaciers. There is a wealth of information to be learned on such tours about the age of the glacier and its impact on the environment. You can also choose to walk up to the top of the glacier, which might be a little taxing, but can be an experience you cherish forever. The view of the snow-capped Rockies coupled with the wave-like formations of the glacier make it one of the most beautiful sights in the American Continent.

Tamul Falls, Mexico
Barely a day’s drive from Texas, located in the San Luis Potosi state, these turquoise falls are worth a visit if nature is your drug of choice. You can also choose to raft up the canyon and take in the spellbinding ruins of the old city of Tamtoc and natural rock formations before reaching these beautiful falls. While it continues to maintain a low profile because of its remote location, it is definitely an awe-inspiring experience for nature lovers.

Quebec City, Quebec
If the tag of a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its perfectly preserved 17th century Old Town isn’t enough for you, visit Quebec for its marvelous array of culinary delights. With classic gourmet French and Quebecois cooking and brilliant ski runs at Monte Ste Anne it is a tourist delight. It’s Marche de Vieux Port witnesses a throng of visitors for its various culinary experiments. It also holds some of the most popular festivals in the country like the Winter Carnival or the Summer Music Festival.

Want A Better Personality? Go Travel

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We are born coded with our own unique personalities, however, through life these traits change based on experiences, surroundings and the people we meet. There is a natural progression to the evolution of an individual’s personality. Change although, is not always a pleasant thing. The daily balancing act between work, life and all that which lies in between takes a lot out of the individual. With time and pressure, the individual begins to change in ways they never expected, or wanted, to change. Thankfully this change, to an extent, is something we can control.

Traveling, if not healing, shields the mind from the tedium of daily routine and breaks the pattern. It is something that pushes us past the hazy boundaries we set for ourselves and into the unexplored. It encourages us to become better people. It opens us up to accepting new experiences and different people. In a nutshell, traveling changes us for the better. In fact, recent research conducted by Julia Zimmer and Franz Neyer in Germany has also proven just that.

The reasons why travel enriches us as individuals are simple. A break from the daily routine can give us that much-needed respite required to keep going when we finally get back. It makes no matter whether you choose to hitchhike, backpack or take a catered-to tour, the sheer delight of experiencing something new and the anticipation of adventure is enough.

You Gain New Perspectives
Living in one place for a very long period of time allows you the time and leisure to start taking things for granted. Going to an unexplored location gives you none of that. It makes things like a home-cooked meal and your own easy-chair feel like luxuries. On a larger note, they allow you to see how those in an entirely different cultural setting are leading their lives and understand their trials and tribulations. It breeds empathy and gives you the opportunity to put things in perspective.

Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone Gets Easier
Travel pushes you into a world where most things are alien to you and makes you learn the fine art of acceptance. It coaxes you into becoming a student again and helps you look at the world with the wonder it so richly deserves.

The more you travel the easier it becomes to do new things. The fear of the unknown is the one thing we definitely leave behind while traveling. The unknown becomes more of a mad-cap friend who always brings with it some surprise or the other.

You Become Open to Meeting New People 
Nobody can travel in a vacuum. Going to different places forces you into interacting with different people, talking to them and getting to know them. Be it a five-star hotel or a youth hostel, you will encounter people. Truth be told, this is the best part about traveling: getting to know a complete stranger, and more importantly helping them get to know you. Making a new friend is one of the true highlights of traveling.