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North America’s three major countries are all massive. Canada is #2 in landmass (the U.S. is #4) so “getting around” is an undertaking.

Distance is the biggest obstacle, but winter weather, seasonal availability, rental restrictions, and cost are all factors when planning out how you’ll get from A to B on your trip across North America. Logistics are a big factor.

So, to save you a few dead ends, here is an exhaustive look at air, train, bus, and local transit in Canada, the US, and Mexico.

Remember, not all who wander are lost; most of them just haven’t done enough research.

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Guest post by Jessica Dante of The Abroad Guide.

In my opinion, the toughest part about studying abroad was not the extra work I had to put in to get accepted to my dream program, or having to work full time for the entire summer before I went abroad. It was the packing!

Two days before I was leaving for Belgium, I was staring at my empty suitcases and realized that I had no idea what to pack.

After a semester abroad and a year of working with study abroad students in Italy, I’ve been able to compile a comprehensive study abroad packing list for all of you future abroad-ers.

The most important thing to remember when packing for study abroad is that you don’t need to bring everything. Your study abroad destination will have stores and supermarkets. If you forget to pack something, you should be able to find it fairly easily.

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Lean in close. I have a confession to get off my chest.

Nervous butterflies haven’t flooded my stomach at the thought of flying in years. Once upon a time,  I dreaded the takeoff and landing. (Airsickness, anyone? Puking your guts out is an awesome way to start your trip — not.) Those days are long gone thanks to hours of mindful breathing.

Now those nervous butterflies are back. In hordes of swarming wings that clog my throat and drain blood from my limbs.

What’s triggered their return?

The thought of flying with my 3-month old son.

A few weeks ago, he woke up to the fact that, surrounding him, is a teeming world full of strange curiosities. His big eyes soak in Costco, neighborhood walks, and views out the car’s rear window.

He’s the perfect age to introduce to flying: malleable, too naive to be scared, plump and cute enough to be forgiven a multitude of sins. He’s ready to take a bite out of the world.

His mama is hovering on a knife’s edge between fear and excitement. A feeling akin to the one just before the roller coaster drops into a stomach-clenching fall.

Maybe you’re like me: an old hand at traveling solo, or with a partner, but the thought of being That Person With A Baby on the plane terrifies you. Maybe, once upon a time, flying without a checked bag scared you, too (you crazy carry-on packing fool) but look how far you’ve come.

To lend my soul confidence — forewarning of what’s coming eases my unnamed terrors — I’ve been researching hard and heavy. I even interviewed my gyspy-blooded friends with kids to get their hard-won tips.

Here’s how to pack for your first trip with baby (under a year old) — including what MUST go in your diaper bag. Click to continue…

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