As I loaded up the pickup truck for a road trip to Canada, I played my family’s words over and over in my head. “You’re brave,” my father-in-law said. My husband called me fearless and made me promise to be safe. I hadn’t even considered my solo camping trip as potentially dangerous until they brought it up, but sure enough, there’s always a risk in wilderness settings.
Chase the Caribbean
Ever since I first saw a photo of Bruce Peninsula National Park, I knew I had to go. Some of the world’s clearest, bluest waters butt up against dramatic cliffs. When the light sparkles just right, it brings out the greens and turquoises of Georgian Bay, and it’s hard to resist an invitation to swim. But this is Canada, so instead of powdery white sand and tropical fish, the coast adjoins ancient cedar trees and forests that black bears call home. It’s my kind of paradise.
Discover the Real Spirit of Travel
For me, travel has been and always will be about exploration. Often, it’s about delving into other cultures, but on this trip it’s a more literal reconnoissance. These are the types of adventures I usually take with a companion, for safety’s sake. A last-minute work trip came up for my husband, however, and I stubbornly decided to go anyway. It would just be more of an adventure than I first thought.
With bear bells on my backpack, I hiked through Bruce Peninsula National Park. Just miles away, the town of Tobermory is tourist mecca, mostly for Canadians and Michiganders who are within a reasonable driving distance. Even in the park itself, cars are turned away at the parking lot for The Grotto hike for lack of space, so I’m surprised when I don’t encounter anyone on the trail. How could somewhere so beautiful be so untraveled?
Image via Flickr by coloneljohnbritt
This is when it hits me, even though I’m just 20 minutes from town. The moment I step foot on that trail, I’m entering the wilderness. The backcountry campsites at Stormhaven and High Dump are well-maintained, but they’re still remote.
Pack Peace of Mind
Backpackers are minimalists, scrutinizing everything they pack to keep their bags lightweight. Do you really need an inflatable pillow, bear spray, or fire starter? Even extra water gets a second thought. You need to pack enough to stay protected, which is why I’m thankful that a MedjetHorizon membership doesn’t weigh a thing. It’s the additional protection you hope you never need, but it allows you to enjoy the moment instead of worrying about it.
Canada is a familiar and comfortable place to travel, but my road trip led me 14 hours from home. If I hurt myself hiking over rocky shores or ended up lost and exposed to the elements overnight, I could need medical treatment. MedjetHorizon arranges your transportation to hospitals you trust at home, from Canada or other countries.
My trip went off without a hitch, but not because I was brave or fearless. Being careful, taking precautions, and having additional protection is a smart idea for every traveler.
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This post is sponsored by Medjet. All opinions remain my own.