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Women Safety in North America

Although South America has a pretty macho and chauvinistic culture, the main problem women travelers will face is crime. As one of the poorest continents, petty and violent crime is a problem, and you do need to be on guard. Other than crime, women travelers may also experience some sort of hassle at some point, especially if you are wandering around by yourself. Lesser-known and smaller cities and villages are usually much safer than the big cities.

North America in a nutshell

South America is a must visit for outdoor lovers. Go hiking and glacier trekking through Patagonia, complete the Inca Trail in Peru and kayaking through the Amazon.

Getting around North America

Distances in the USA are so great that it’s essential to plan in advance how you’ll get from place to place. Traveling between cities is almost always easier if you have a car. The American road trip is a tradition of sorts and it gives you the flexibility to visit all the small towns and off the beaten path places.

Unlike Europe or South East Asia, the budget airlines in North America are not as cheap or good. For relatively cheap flights, use JetBlue, Southwest and Delta (more pricy). American Airlines and Spirit can be cheap too but both have poor reputations.

You can take the Amtrak if you wish to travel cross-country by train, however this is not a cheap option as compared to the bus. The Amtrak route doesn't cover the whole country either - East Coast states from Virginia northward are well covered with rail routes but some Western states are left out altogether.

There is an extensive train and bus network along the coasts. Check out MegaBus, BoltBus and Greyhound for fares as low as $1. To avoid possible hassle, travellers should take care to sit as near to the driver as possible, and to arrive during daylight hours – many bus stations are in dodgy areas.

Digital Nomad Scene

North America, sans Mexico, isn't typically seen as a good place to be a digital nomad, which is mainly due to the high cost of living. The visa situation is also another consideration, as most countries will get 90 days but typically you will have to leave the North American area (USA, Canada and Mexico) for another 90 days. It is not difficult finding a coworking space, especially in the big cities, and cafes usually have fast wifi if coworking spaces are not your thing.

Women Necessities

United States of America: Tampons with and without applicators, are widely available. You do not need a doctor's prescription to purchase birth control pills in Oregon and California. In other states, you will still need a prescription. Morning-after pills are available at health centers and drugstores.

Canada: Tampons with and without applicators, are widely available. You will need a doctor's prescription for birth control pills. Morning-after pills are sold over the counter.

Mexico: Tampons with and without applicators are available at most major supermarkets. Birth control pills and morning-after pills can be bought over the counter without prescription.

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