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Are You an Overlander?


Are you an Overlander? Have you seen this? It’s me, talking about our definition of Overlanding, and whats at the root of our members Founding Principles. Take a gander if you haven’t seen it, and you’ll know a bit more about the Overland Bound Story.

This video is dedicated to my best friend David Jones. I had just lost him to suicide, a hell of a thing, and it was another event that snapped life into focus, and reminded me what was really important. His music plays throughout this video, “I’m not looking for your approval anymore”. Overland Bound does not seek approval. The only reason we exist is that a lot of people tend to agree. Thank you.


Backwoods country bumpkin. Overland enthusiast and lover of the great outdoors.


  1. Two things:
    1: Thnaks for posting this. It’s dead on
    2: It’s weird how my two worlds collide. I love the outdoors (and “overlanding”) and am deeply embedded in the local music scene. Hearing Enemy You played over this video makes me really happy. I play in a band that has played many shows, all over North America with David’s various bands. So thanks for giving him a little tribute here.

    1. @drumber Thanks.

      And yes, for David. We lived together for 10 years, he was the best friend of many, and extremely talented.

      Thanks again Scott!

  2. Very much appreciated for a definition of overlanding. I have never thought of myself as such coz ive never been to months long journey traveling on four wheels except when I was younger. Family drove from Kodiak Alaska (ferry over to Homer Alaska) to Alemeda CA. My Dad picked up a 1994 J80 in Emerald Green in Fremont Toyota (I missed it…never got stuck) then down to LA. I wish I should have asked my Dad for it but sadly he sold it in 2007 (salt rusted the rear frame).

    Well back to the topic…Am I an overlander? based on Michael’s definition…yes (big smile). As of right now Im building my FJ Cruiser for such that time to travel. Just me and the wifey and maybe 2 dogs. Explore the rest of Alaska especially the haul road to Prudhoe Bay. Then the rest of the country. as of right now we enjoy what Kodiak has to offer even if its an overnight trip. Testing out products for that future trip.

    1. @ejmicael And Kodiak has SO MUCH to offer! I’ve only been to Alaska once. It was breathtaking! Traipsing around that country is the real-deal indeed! Looking forward to seeing your FJ as it develops, and learning more about your travels!

  3. Yes, I am an overlander. Last Summer I went to Wild West , spent there 4 weeks in roof top tent. That was epic ,
    every 2 days I have discovered new places. I made 7500 miles. When I came back to New York I missed those places. Right now I am preparing to my next expedition, I am going to Maine.

    1. Awesome Damian! Four weeks sounds like an epic trip! For me, it take one week just to detach from “responsibilities”! Glad you are planning your next expedition!


  4. Great video, Michael! I think you hit it dead on! The word “Overlanding” was made up by someone. Just as every word is. Just as the word is made up so is the definition. Someone, somewhere decided that overlanding is defined as, “self-reliant travel to remote destinations where the journey is the principal goal” therefore, that’s what it is. Words mean different things to different people. If you feel that your definition for overlanding is the same as the individual that created that definition then good for you.

    To me, Overlanding is a combination of traveling, possibly being self-reliant, exploring, experiencing culture, people, countries, and anything else that comes along with it. I know plenty of people that travel the world and aren’t completely self-reliant while overlanding. I know plenty of places that people overland to that aren’t remotely close to being a remote destination.

    I like how you’re open and accepting of people who overland in their own way. It shows you have good character. Again, thanks for the great video! I look forward to seeing more!


    1. Hey @doubleroses – thank you for your toughts and great words! I couldn’t agree more. I started Overland Bound to encourage folks to get outside. Mainly becauis I have forgotten how improtant it is, and once I was reconnected, wanted to share the experience. My Day always had us outside, was a forest ranger, and backpacking was frequent. This connection in conjuntion with my love of capable rigs and the outdoors made the draw for sustained trips in a great rig a real passion for me. Im looking forward to spreading the word as far as I can!

  5. Great video. I am guilty of trying to define overlanding as it applies to America. We have such a elaborate highway system it makes it tough to truly get lost and explore. I spend a lot of time researching long offroad trips to get that overland feel like I expect it is like in South America or Africa or even the Middle East.
    In reality just getting out really is ok.

    Having said that I recommend the grand staircase, utah which I recently visited if your looking for a large area to explore! We drove for a couple days and feel like we hardly touched on the vast space.

  6. Michael … Thank you for asking that question Are you overlander? That changed my point of view to a lot of things.
    Now I can’t say to my friends that I am going for vacation ….. truly I am going as an overlander for my expedition.
    Sounds serious because on that trip I completely rely on myself . Thank you for your video. I am glad that we share the same passion.

  7. That works. I can overland with a simple walk through the city park or I can overland with a kitted out Unimog through 4 countries!

  8. That's the video that brought me here! I kinda wish I hadn't seen it. Then I'd still have several thousand dollars in my bank account instead of in my driveway. [emoji3]

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  9. I like to think that its part of what I am doing… I am enjoying working on my truck…planning out stuff…projects that I have control over..not like work.

  10. Thanks first of all, for the clarification, or explanation of the general idea that anyone can do this. That’s what I love best about the community.

    Also, thanks for giving a glimpse into your friend David’s talents. I’m gonna be buying some of their music now. Really liked it. Hope it can help those around him, even in some small way.

    Song – Enemy You “Adios (To You)”

  11. Michael, this perfectly sums it up, and is exactly why I joined Overland Bound. Thank you for the video and creating such a great community!

  12. Very well said Michael, I really like your label of what a Overlander is, It’s everything that gets you out there!

  13. I love every about this post and the article/video it's referring to. As a single dad and recently retired from the military while taking care of my mother I don't have a lot of time to get out. I felt there was/is the judgement from other "crews" about my skill level, my ride(until recently was a 2012 F150) or how much time I have spent doing one thing or another. I hated that feeling.

    Maybe it was my own insecurities, maybe it wasn't; what I do know is, I haven't felt this welcome since I earned my fish(those who know get it).

    I am sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. PTSD is a very real and scary thing my thoughts and prayers are with him.

    …With you all for that matter.

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