What is Overlanding?

From the Podcast, I touch on the different labels and how they have changed. I offer a few current definitions from those on the road and we talk about various events, types of vehicles and yes, what we call ourselves.

EPISODE NOTES FOR S1E9: What’s in a name? Part One. OVERLANDING 

Thinking about our travelers’ identity, self-label, trends and what Overlanding is.  

Recorded in Baja California Sur, Mexico in 2023

FB poll as the initial motivation to talk about this topic. The various names we call ourselves include overlander, traveler, wanderer, nomad, van lifer, adventurer, adventure biker andthrough hiker, or as Katie says, camper:

Definitions of Overlanding from 

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overlanding

Inspirational Travelers include: 

Graham and Connie Rodham: story here https://7p.io/2015/09/25/legendofcampsix/

Ray and Marianne Hyland:  London to Singapore in a 1954 Land Rover With a Family of 5, story here https://expeditionportal.com/london-to-singapore/

Roseann and Jonathon Hanson: https://www.exploringoverland.com/about

Events past and upcoming

Overland Expo

NW Rallies.

Escapar a Baja: 
Storyteller Nomad van builds

Cheap RV/Homes on Wheels alliance events 

Skills building/ training/ vehicle sympathy: 7p.io with the Camel Trophy team, the various rallies, many states have private companies offering such workshops and hands-on. 

Recommended books: 

  • Scott, Chris (2017) [2011]. Overlanders Handbook (2nd ed.). Surrey, UK: Trailblazer Publications. ISBN 978-1-905864-87-4.
  • Sheppard, Tom (1998). Vehicle-dependent Expedition Guide. Hertfordshire, UK: Desert Winds in association with Land Rover. ISBN 0-9532324-0-9

Last Thoughts: The purpose of life is to live it, to taste it, to experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

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