Dave Cornthwaite might be the ultimate of overland travellers. He’s on a mission to complete 25 journeys (dubbed Expedition1000), each at least 1,000 miles, all via non-motorized transport. Thus far, Dave has cris-crossed Australia and the US, the Pacific Ocean, and happened to be the first person to skateboard the length of Britain as a warm up. Currently, he is in the middle of Journey #7, swimming 1000 miles down America’s Missouri River.
How many times do you fly a year?
You’re not going to like this, about 12-15 times. BUT I have an excuse. I only fly to get me to the start point of a big overland journey.
Farthest you’ve travelled overland?
In one go? 3618 miles across Australia. On a skateboard.
Favourite means of transport?
Stand Up Paddleboard. Hands down the most fun way to travel, great view!
Best overland travel experience?
Crossing the Nullarbor on a skateboard. Swimming with Manatees in Crystal River, Florida. Reaching Vegas on a Tandem.
Worst overland travel experience?
Getting hit by a car outside Memphis. I was on a 4-wheeled bicycle at the time, ended up thirty metres off the road. Quite lucky to still be here.
Why do you prefer to travel overland?
It’s the best cure for jetlag! Overland travel gives you perspective, the opportunity to meet people and experience the gradual and subtle changes between A and B. I love reaching a city for the first time having not flown in, it’s a reward!
How important is the eco/sustainability aspect of overland travel to you?
Very. I travel without motors as much as possible which keeps my carbon footprint down. In fact, I still don’t have my driver’s license. Think about the planet, keep your costs down!
Why should we travel overland instead of flying?
It’s hard, satisfying and much better for personal development. You learn more travelling overland. And what’s more, it’s free!
Thanks Dave! Follow along with his adventures at Expedition1000 and on Twitter.