International borders are a huge part of every traveler’s experience exploring the globe. Often the histories of these borders are rich and complex. Sometimes they simply follow the path of nature. Other times they are the result of wars and centuries of disputes, some even continued today. The experience of border crossings are often celebrated by travelers collecting the visas and entry/exit stamps in their passports. Remember, a passport is required for all international travel.
Strange International Borders
This is a great little video that explores the diverse range of borders across the Earth. You may not see the borders from outer space, but without a passport, you will definitely find out the hard way how strictly borders are enforced here on Earth.
Some countries have tunnel borders and some countries have bridge borders. The border of Sweden and Denmark is a half tunnel and half bridge.
Often times, nations that have close relations will make a tourist destination of their shared border.
The border between Mexico and the US is a contentious issue. You can see the great divide between the two nations in a photo of their shared border. The border between Tijuana and San Ysidro, Ca is often considered the most heavily used border crossing in the world. Many people live and work between the two nations so a great deal of traveling is done through this border. For U.S. citizens, a passport card is all that is needed for land and sea travel. This is a great option for frequent travelers who lie and work on the border.
Did you know that even the USA and Canada have ‘disputed’ borders? Well, it’s not like they are up in arms over the borders, but there are some areas where the US and Canadian borders are a bit hazy… The video below will help explain the creation and implementation of the US and Canadian border. Some schoolchildren have to cross the international borders just to go to school (and return home!). Those are some serious travelers!
Bizarre, Beautiful, and Strange International Borders
Did you know that North Korea faces border guards towards eachother so they do not look at South Korea? Supposedly this is to ensure neither one defects. They also station border guards to look into North Korea to spot any defectors.
The border between Haiti and The Dominican Republic is so apparent due to over farming and deforestation. Unfortunately Haiti is significantly poorer than it’s neighboring nation (though they share the same island).