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.


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

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

Sometimes, the hardest thing about travelling is other travellers…

Who you’re with can make or break a trip. Everyone knows that. You choose your travelling partner carefully and you respect them, just as you expect them to respect you, if you have any self respect, that is.

What makes travel harder are those travellers you don’t choose to travel with, yet end up in the company of, forced to listen to their drivel until your ears bleed.

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.

The Mosquito Riddle

Persons A and B are locked in a room overnight. So are some mosquitoes. Person A is smothered in insect repellent. Person B wears none. Person A wakes up with bites on toes, ankles, hands and face. Person B has none. Guess which person I am.

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…

Why travel just to get drunk?

Travelling drunk. Is it acceptable?

A change of direction for Overland Traveller’s blog

My blog hasn’t been the most focused aspect of my writing recently and for that I apologise. This is going to change. I have added a new section for reviews to All reviews – as honest as ever – will now be published there. Check it out here (bottom of left-hand navigation). From now … Continue reading