Brazil to Canada? Overland? Check!

Gray whales approaching tourists in Baja © Craig Fast

It’s over. Mission accomplished. As planned, we have travelled from Brazil to Canada, via Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico and the USA, without, I repeat, without boarding an aeroplane.

Elton John and the bison ballerina

Bison approaching, Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba, Canada

You’ve heard of dairy farmers playing music to their herd to relax them into squeezing out more milk, right? It’s old news. Well, I just met a bison bull with a penchant for Elton John’s ‘Tiny Dancer’. We were driving through the Lake Audy Bison Range in Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba, keeping our eyes … 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.

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.

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…

Crappy Colca Canyon and the two-month slump

Every long-term traveller hits a down time at some point in their trip. For me it’s at around the two month point – in this case, just when we were about to trek the Colca Canyon. Unsurprisingly, the Colca Canyon was crap…

Review: Hostel Natura, Iguazu Falls, Brazil

Review of the best hostel on the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls.

Waking up in Rio

I woke up to kissy kissy noises this morning. Jet-lag confused, I rolled over and cocked my good ear towards the sound. Must be those lusty Latino men I’ve heard so much about, I thought, and staggered over to the barred window. I went to bed last night thinking I was in the city of … Continue reading

The next phase – Brazil to Canada overland

The next leg of of year of travels sees us embark on an epic overland journey from Rio to Canada…

White-water rafting on the Zanskar River: a near-death experience

My white-water rafting experience on the Zanskar River was more of a near-death experience….