"Townsends" is a great video channel dedicated to 18th century life, cooking and history. Here's a great video where he describes a "typical" backwoods expedition in 18th century North America: www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2QsmqPN1pM
Three Minutes from Certain Demise - Dangers of Historical River Travel.
Maybe add travel and random events to your games, eh? In the Talomir Tales - Druid's Children book there are travel hazard encounters that require a relevant Challenge test, and if you fail you could suffer damage checks, lose REP or equipment, etc.