We’ve all had that weird feeling before, you know the one I’m talking about. You arrive at this new destination that you’ve been talking about for months, maybe even years. It could be a museum, a landmark, or a scenic drive. Then you see it. Chain stores, chain restaurantes, chain hotels, it’s like you can’t get away from them. Here you are at this amazing destination and those Golden Arches are sneaking into your photo, making you feel cheap, used, and possibly even making your whole trip feel “less authentic”.
Fact of the matter is, it’s hard to get away from the Chains. In Canada, you’ll come across them more often than I’d like to admit. But should you choose so, you don’t have to give them your hard earned money. There’s enough local gas stations, restaurantes, hotels, and stores to shake a stick at, it just requires a bit of planning.
Reb Stevenson recently tried this on for herself, cleverly titled “The Retro Roadtrip”. She documented nearly the entire series in little webisodes, and compiled the whole trip down to a 2 minute cross Canada video. Have a watch, and get inspired to try new things, local things, non-chain things. Looks like it was worth it! Be sure to check out Reb’s Retro Road Trip adventures!