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What is Overlanding?

Overlanding.  It’s a term that’s been used with a variety of context over the decades.  For me, the mere mention of the word conjures images of adventure, exploration, the excitement of the unknown and the thrill of traveling to places I haven’t been before.  Opening a new tab in your browser and searching “define overlanding” will net you an actual definition: Overlanding is self-reliant overland travel to remote destinations where the journey is the principal goal.

And while I feel this is a fairly good, all-encompassing definition, I have found that “overlanding” often has a slightly different meaning for each of us. 

For me, I love the excitement that comes from the pending adventure, as we plan our trips and the sense of joy and accomplishment when we experience new places.  One of my favorite things about this form of exploration is the opportunity to see nature’s vast and breathtaking beauty.  I love the feeling of being blown away when I find a location so visually stimulating that I literally can say nothing but “wow”.  For me, overlanding enables me to stay in these incredible places for extended periods of time, giving my family and I an opportunity to experience nature at our own pace.  

There are many commonalities in how we all define overlanding, personally, but there are subtle differences that I wanted to explore.  I asked 10 “overlanders” in the community what “overlanding” meant to them, and this is their story.