Overlanding is booming in popularity, largely because people yearn for knowledge and adventure. Perhaps more folks are wanting to get away from the city madness!
Whatever the reason, overlanding gives you an opportunity to explore the world and learn from it. But what is overlanding?
We are enthusiasts of overlanding, and we want to share the humble knowledge we have gained on this subject.
It is our hope by so doing we can help you explore the world and learn from it. What is overlanding and where is it coming from?
What is Overlanding? – The Definition
Overlanding is vehicle-dependent travel, where the main goal is the journey itself, not the destination.
It often involves off-road capable vehicles where travelers can discover remote trails and areas that are less frequently visited.
Overlanders usually enjoy off-grid camping and try to be self-sustained for an extended period of time.
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In this article series, we highlight the origins and history of overlanding, bucket list-worthy routes, basic gear, and skill requirements.
We hope, over time, to accumulate and share knowledge on every aspect of this awesome way of travel and adventure.
What Is Overlanding And Where Did It Originate
If we would like to define Overlanding, we need to look at the different types of vehicle-assisted travel.
Off-roading vs. Overlanding
Overlanding vs Off-Roading
Overlanding is often confused with off-roading. Off-roading is a type of adventure that takes place on un-surfaced roads or no roads at all. It is different from overlanding where the type of road is not an issue.
Overlanding often takes you through rough terrains and off-road trails, but tackling a steep hill that resembles a wall is not a primary objective when overlanding. Overlanding can go straight through cities as well.
Overlanding vs Road-Tripping
You might say then, that overland travel is just another word for a road trip. Well, the main difference is that a road trip has a destination, whereas overlanding is about the journey itself. Besides that, the primary mode of accommodation for overlanders is camping with all of its fun and challenge.
As we’ve mentioned, Overlanding is definitely a growing trend. This style of self-reliant travel entails using usually an off-road vehicle or a van to cover a long distance, typically in a remote area.
More emphasis is placed on the journey and taking in the landscape rather than any destination. It opens up a world of opportunities for those who love to discover the planet on their terms and at their own pace.
Overlanding may not be for everyone, however, the opportunity to make unforgettable memories are unrivaled.
Overlanding vs Camping
Overlanding and camping are often used interchangeably with one another, and while there are many similarities between the two, the main difference is that camping focuses on the destination whereas overlanding is about the journey itself.
Further differences are the level of planning and the gear that one needs to take on the trip. Overlanding often involves crossing state or international borders, therefore usually a lot more preparation is needed.
Overlanders, in addition to their camping gear, need to prepare their vehicles for tougher use, perhaps in remote areas. Recovery and repair gear is essential for an overland lifestyle. This is where overlanding differs the most from a camping trip. Overlanders often choose rooftop tents, as they might find themselves camping in rugged areas where using a ground tent would prove to be difficult.
Car camping and overlanding are both amazing ways to discover the great outdoors and to spend quality time with friends and family. A line doesn’t need to be drawn in between the two to create exact definitions. They definitely have overlapping attributes.
Who is Overlanding For?
The term Overlanding seems to have originated in Australia and referred to driving cattle long distances across the Outback. Later, road construction crews used it as they opened up the vast landscapes that characterize the Australian wilderness. More on this later…
Today, serious overlanders, armed with some serious gear have taken this concept to an entirely new level. It is quite common to have people overlanding for weeks, months or even years in some remote regions of the world.
One of the most common misconceptions about overlanding is that you have to be young, child-free, and in the sort of peak physical shape of a mountain climber.
Provided you are willing to occasionally dig your vehicle out of a hole, and you of course probably need to have at least a mild attraction to the great outdoors. There are quite a few things to learn if you want to start overlanding, but you can do it gradually by gaining experience on every trip.
Additionally, some people may think that overlanding means they will have to disconnect from their electronic devices and be forced to live like a nomad for weeks.
If you genuinely require your tools for work while overlanding, it’s become easier to utilize your devices whilst on the road. With advances in battery technology, you can bring enough juice with you to power your devices.
However, overlanding doesn’t need to be defined in a rigid way. The most important part is that you make a decision to get out there and start exploring!
Read Part II of this article series: History of Overlanding >>>
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