If reading about the glorious expeditions of yesteryear such as the famous Oxford and Cambridge Far Eastern Expedition has you yearning for a serious overland trip, don't worry, it's actually one of the few fun and adventurous things that hasn't been outlawed in the last 30 years. Not only that, but overlanding is one of the few things in my opinion that is actually better today than it was 20, 30, 40, or 50 years ago. Sure, you might not be the first person to drive across (insert iconic overland route here) but it doesn't mean you can't have a good time and enjoy yourself. Whether it's the modern advancements in technology and infrastructure or the availability of affordable, reliable vehicles that can take you to virtually wherever you'd like to go and then some, the time is now to get out and explore.
As evening set in, I stood outside of the van loading supplies into our backpacks. I divided the tent, sleeping bags, stove, and other supplies carefully into each of our bags so as to equalize the weight. We had removed every ounce of unnecessary material, eliminated a tent stake or two, all in the interest of saving weight. Finally it was time to divvy up the food; I called to Sheena inside of the van. While I had loaded the packs, she was responsible for getting the food together. She opened the door and handed me a 15 pound trash bag full of fruits and vegetables.
Brad and Sheena are driving around the world in "Nacho", their Volkswagen Vanagon. Read their latest stories and follow their adventure at Drive Nacho Drive [link]
With The Dakar Rally approaching quickly, we thought that we'd get you in the mood with a bit of vintage Paris-Dakar Rally history. Due to political instability in North Africa, the infamous rally which used to travel from Paris to Dakar is now held on the South American continent, starting in Lima, Peru, making its way though Argentina to finally finish after 15 days of excruciating climates and terrain in Santiago, Chile. In the heyday of the Paris-Dakar Rally, the motorcycle world was in fierce competition, with BMW, Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha and others competing each year to bring their absolute best to the table in order to win what was billed as the World's toughest rally. Honda has been an avid supporter and competitor in the rally from its very early stages and has just compiled a bit of their history with the rally in a two part series on their website which we think is worth checking out.
Complete your Overland Journal collection for Half Price with our special 1-day sale!
This Friday (tomorrow), we will have a one-time-only, half-price sale on ALL back issues of Overland Journal, (except for the Collector Sets).
All individual issues normally $12 will be $6 for the day.
All Field Sets worth $54 will be available for $27
Plus, EVERY purchase will also receive a FREE copy of our very first issue, Spring 2007 worth $12.
For many people overlanding started as a passion for taking road trips but then evolved into much more. Here's something that might bring you back to the basics. A bit of nostalgia we'll say.When's the last time you took a proper road trip? Tell us in the comments.
Paul Guillien, Touratech-USA's General Manager, shares his thoughts on BMW's updated mid-weight adventure bike, the 2013 F800GS.
Having ridden nearly every adventure bike on the market, both on and off-road, Guillien is able to provide a unique perspective on BMW's updated F800GS. "I've spent the bulk of my time adventure riding on this motorcycle," said Guillien, "I've logged about 10,000 miles, half of which were off-road on a 2009 F800GS and I am really excited to test the new 2013 F800GS."
"Do as the locals do."
The time-tested piece advice continues to prove itself correct no matter where you are. If you're in Bordeaux, you drink the wine, if you're in Chicago, you eat the deep-dish pizza, if you're in the Jersey Shore, you wear Ed Hardy—and if you're in the middle of the Sahara Desert, you wear a Tuareg scarf. To those who haven't spend a significant amount of time in desert, the idea of wearing a scarf in a generally hot, sunshine-filled environment might seem a bit counter-productive.
We all love our four-legged friends! Now imagine traveling the world with your best pal! What could be better? In this article, we've gathered stories from overland travelers...from magic Guanajuato Fred to crazy, clever and cute Mongo to what ID and papers you need to travel with your pet!
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