Well said. Come join me for and adventure in NC anytime!! I’d be glad to show you around.actually, that is a good thing! if this was a group that had defined boundaries that were already laid out and everyone had to agree to them and follow them specifically, then it would have definitely lost it's appeal a long time ago. a lot of folk on here are "like minded" to a point. you could also ask the same question "What is cooking?" most folk would agree they like to heat up food and eat it. then it would break down to cooking is ONLY a direct flame and cast iron and people arguing over whether a microwave is "cooking" and are you really camp cooking if you're not using a Spork, etc, etc...there’s not a community of like minded individuals that are able to agree on the very word that defines their group
we're ALL like minded to the point of knowing we like to eat and we like to get in our vehicles and go places....the best thing is how we help each other. you may be new to this forum, but you live in north carolina and automatically you already know a lot more about the state than i do. the wife and i had accidentally ventured into maggie valley a couple years ago and liked it and want to travel more in NC. now with you on here, i have another source of help and a better chance of finding out about cool places that may not be on a map. we may not agree on what to do once we get somewhere, BUT everyone on here will definitely help you get to where you want to go and that is where we shine as a community!
Sounds like some really cool adventures. I guess I started this thread because I feel strongly about traveling instead of staying in one place when it comes “overlanding” or overland travel.So, just to add a few cents:
It's whatever it means to each person - I'm not going to disagree with someone's opinion that it's driving to a campsite and then exploring around it for a few days, for example - each definition is valid.
I guess to try to add something to the thread - I do have some boundary conditions:
Driving from my home out into the desert or forest for a day isn't my idea of overland travel (but could be someone else's).
Driving from Brussels to Stockholm over 10 days, staying in BnBs isn't my idea of overland travel either.
The vehicle is irrelevant - it's simply a means to an end.
How you sleep is irrelevant - you could stay in posadas when travellling to Tierra del Fuego and back over 6 months and it's still an "overland" trip, I think. You could camp every night for a year travelling around Africa and it's equally valid.
What is relevant is the purpose, I believe. The trip is an exploration, and adventure, or just a wander, finding places which offer what you're interested in. If that's "rock crawling" then so be it (although if you haul your vehicle out to a 4x4 course for a weekend that wouldn't fit my view, albeit that it may yours). If you tour South Australian vineyards for a month in your vehicle then so be it. If it's Nairobi to Cape Town to visit national parks - so be it. It's very much each inidividual's objectives which matter.
I do have a minor niggle with the word "overlanding" - "overland" is an adjective (as "overseas" is). Creating a new participle from this and then reverse engineering a verb "to overland" is uncomfortable for me. So, I think of "overland travelling" as the activity. When I think of "travelling" as the focus, with "overland" as a qualifier, my view of "overlanding" is clearer.
So, to give some examples of what I personally do which I would consider "overland travel":
11 months and 49,000 Km around South America - mostly posadas, little camping.
9 months and 45,000 Km around Southern and Eastern Africa, camping about half the time, lodges, bandas, and hotels the rest.
10 months and 45,000 Km around Australia, mostly camping.
Plus a lot of shorter trips like Selebi Pikwe-Bulawayo-Great Zimbabwe-Victoria Falls- Kasane-Maun-Makgadikgadi-Selebi Pikwe in 3 weeks, camping all the way.
exactly. it doesn't matter and that is why we can have that fun banter between members on here yapping about things that DON'T matter.Good god, I wish people would quit trying to "define" everything, or "label" everything. Once something is defined or labeled the arguing begins.
It matters not what we call it.
Hey Chill,I realize now that probably no one will answer my question straight out, and that’s okay. It’s a tough thing to define and the whole thing has been commercialized to death that it’s tough to even use the word anymore. I agree that it can be simplified to “vehicle dependent transportation” and I also believe there should be a strong emphasis on transportation or travel over land. The rub between me and one of my buddies came when he began to define it as...drive to a campsite and set up “base camp” for the weekend. I love the outdoors and that can certainly be fun but I don’t feel like I’m “overlanding” if I could drive a Prius to that same spot and just camp for a few days and then drive home. That’s car camping to me. I could be way off here and that’s why I’m asking. Hoping that this community cares enough to contribute meaningful dialogue with a new guy. If not...then I’ll be quiet or move along.Why don't you start telling us what is your and your friends definition?So...I’m new here and if this has already been discussed please directly me to the thread. But I wanted to get some thoughts on how other people define overlanding. My buddies and I recently had a disagreement on what we felt it was and I’ve come to realize that it’s a spectrum and can’t be defined to just one single thing. So what’s overlanding look like for you? Thanks!!