What is Overlanding?

So often today, travel has become a utilitarian task, perceived as a necessary evil used only as a means to connect vacationers to our chosen destinations; complete with high cost, long lines, and countless complaints along the way. However, we can counter this reality; we can choose to make our travels less of an act and more of an art.

By choosing overland travel and making the journey itself a highlight of the trip, we make a choice to explore what lies between the beginning and the end. We make a choice to discover the nuances of our surroundings. We inspire our imaginations, build our confidence in blazing new paths, and immerse ourselves in the history, culture, wildlife, and beauty of areas that cannot be sampled from a tiny window at thirty-thousand feet.

Think about overland travel like blending a road trip with backpacking: traveling that is as much about the journey as it is the destination, and for which the traveler is wholly self-sufficient and capable of overcoming all expected, reasonable challenges that may arise while exploring remote backcountry areas. Although a variety of vehicles can be used to support overlanding –– including dual-sport motorcycles, 4WD “adventure” vans, and even modified, medium-duty platforms like the Mercedes Benz Unimog and Mitsubishi Fuso –– for most of us, a truck or SUV is the platform of choice and will provide ample capacity, capability, and comfort. With a few basic modifications and thoughtful loading, most latemodel versions will serve travelers well, whether tackling long miles on the highway or bumpy ones in the backcountry.