Take Time to Traverse the Continent

A trip through North America is no simple undertaking — but it is rewarding. Start at the top in Canada, which has some of Earth's prettiest scenery in British Columbia and Banff, as well as culture-rich towns including Montreal and Toronto. Next, tackle the United States, hitting highlights such as California's coast, the Southwest's red rocks, Chicago's food, New York City's arts scene and DC's museums. From there, move south to the pristine beaches, ancient sites and vibrant flavor of Mexico.

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Myth: A Base Tan Will Protect You From a Sunburn

Myth: A Base Tan Will Protect You From a Sunburn

Truth: The more you expose your skin to the sun, the greater chances you have of developing melanoma.  960 1280

Illustration by Kori Clark  

Myth: Wait 30 Minutes After Eating to Swim

Myth: Wait 30 Minutes After Eating to Swim

Truth: The common belief is that blood rushes to your digestive tract right after eating, so your arms and legs can't properly pump during swimming. However, there is no scientific evidence of this. 960 1280

Illustration by Kori Clark  

Myth: Urine Relieves Pain From a Jellyfish Sting

Myth: Urine Relieves Pain From a Jellyfish Sting

Truth: Unless you want to play a joke on somebody, the Red Cross suggests soaking the sting in vinegar, rubbing alcohol or combination of baking soda and seawater. 960 1280

Illustration by Kori Clark  

Myth: SPF 45 Is Stronger Than SPF 15

Myth: SPF 45 Is Stronger Than SPF 15

Truth: This is partially true. You can stay in the sun longer if you use SPF 45, but you need to reapply often for it to be effective. 960 1280

  

Myth: Sharks Prey on Humans

Myth: Sharks Prey on Humans

Truth: Sharks prey on sea lions, dolphins and other sea mammals. When they attack humans, it's a case of mistaken identity. 960 1280

Illustration by Kori Clark  

Myth: Ocean Waves Live Inside a Conch Shell

Myth: Ocean Waves Live Inside a Conch Shell

Truth: Okay, so you haven't believed this since you were a kid, but the reason it sounds like ocean waves are inside a conch shell is because of the shell's shape. Sounds from the surrounding environment bounce off the shell and echo in the shell's hallow space. 960 1280

Illustration by Kori Clark  

Myth: A Beach Umbrella Completely Blocks the Sun

Myth: A Beach Umbrella Completely Blocks the Sun

Truth: Although it's smart to stay in the shade, you still need to apply sunscreen. Sand reflects 17 percent of UV radiation, which is enough to give you a sunburn. 960 1280

Illustration by Kori Clark  

Myth: Lobsters Are Red

Myth: Lobsters Are Red

Truth: They're actually olive-green or gray. Lobsters turn red when exposed to heat because the pigment, astaxanthin, absorbs blue light - giving the lobster a red color. 960 1280

Illustration by Kori Clark  

Myth: Only Oysters Make Pearls

Myth: Only Oysters Make Pearls

Truth: Most pearls in jewelry are made by oysters. However, mollusks, like clams and scallops, also produce pearls. 960 1280

Illustration by Kori Clark  

Myth: Nudist Beaches Are For Retired Folks

Myth: Nudist Beaches Are For Retired Folks

Truth: You may think it's only for your grandparents, but nudist beaches are becoming more popular. People 18 years and up, from all walks of life, visit nudist beaches every year. 960 1280

Illustration by Kori Clark  

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