The eco impact of Brazil to Canada overland, and the knock-on effect on me: part 1

Inner debate on The Canadian © Craig Fast

My Inner Traveller and Inner Environmentalist, two very fiery characters, debate whether or not I should go travelling.

The pros and cons of a youthful appearance when travelling

To set the record straight, I am 29. I will be 30 later this year (and I’m absolutely fine with this, by the way…). Why they thought I was fresh out of university, I don’t know, but I do seem to be developing a trend of misassumption about me…

If only…US border guards would swap jobs with park rangers

Here’s my proposal: US border guards and park rangers swap jobs for a week. Channel 4 should take this up as one of their quality fly-on-the-wall documentaries…

Travel hair trauma

Dear Reader, you will, I know, be nothing less than thrilled, delighted and relieved to hear that my hair returned to its bouncy, shiny self as soon as we battled our way past those disagreeable border patrol guards and arrived in the United States. My bonce has had a traumatic nine months, losing sight of … Continue reading

Isla de Ometepe, or, why I travel

Every so often a place comes along, or more accurately, I come along to a place, that reminds me of why I travel. Nicaragua’s Isla de Ometepe is one of those places.

Welcome to “authentic” Nicaragua: a muse on inverted travel snobbery

A rant against travellers who insist on seeing the ‘real’ or ‘authentic’…

The best things in life are…relatively cheap

They say the best things in life are free. I beg to disagree. Travel, one of the very best things in life according to me, certainly isn’t free. But once you’ve forked out for the flight and accommodation, it doesn’t have to cost the earth. Simple pleasures are the best.

The importance of accommodation to the experience of a place, or, How Salento nearly sucked

Now that I’m more flashpacker than backpacker, I’m starting to realise the importance of good accommodation when it comes to travel. Salento, in Colombia’s Zona Cafetera, could have been a big fat let down…

Since when is “nothing” a dirty word?

Why does travel have to be about ‘doing stuff’? Sometimes, simply sitting and looking is all it takes…

The Ten Commandments for night bus travellers.

When booking tickets, potential passengers should be asked if they snore, fill out a criminal record check and have mobile phones banned. Here’s my list of ten commandments everyone who has ever travelled by night bus will agree with.

Feel free to add your own!