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Financing Extended Overland Trips: How Do They Do it?

Photo Credit: Allan Karl of Forks

It’s a topic that pops up on the Expedition Portal forums with almost clockwork regularity. As if on cue every few months, a thread is opened with the question: How do people finance their extended overland travels? The answers when given seem to raise more questions and it would appear no reply fully satisfies the query. How do people finance their travel lifestyles? With assistance from a few overlanders, I have compiled a list of ways in which various travelers have made their prolonged journeys possible.

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Map of the Week: Defining "Remoteness" by Distance from McDonalds

The other day I was chatting with another member of the Expedition Portal staff about the word “remote,” and what it really means. How remote can one really get in the United States? What is the measure of the word? Is it miles from civilization, distance traveled, or some other quantifier? With a little searching we found one definition of remote––the Golden Arches Factor. How far can one get from a McDonalds in the lower 48. The answer is shocking, if not profoundly sad. The furthest anyone can get from a burger shilling clown is 107 miles. Or, by road, that distance is 145 miles.

With 34,000 stores globally, 14,000 in just the States alone, McDonalds generates more than 28 billion in sales annually giving it a GDP greater than that of some small countries like Latvia. It’s a bizarre concept to think that you could be tucked deep in the American wilderness, but not be further than 107 miles from a Big Mac. 

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Navigating Australia's Outback

Australia is a vast and magnificent country to travel through, however due to the sheer isolation of many areas of inland Australia it is important that you know where you are and where you are going at all times. The easiest way of doing that is with great mapping and competent navigation skills.
 Both aspects of navigation are extremely important and while the modern age has allowed for a lapse in many of our rudimentary navigation skills, it is essential that you are proficient in the basic art of using a map and compass. This is something that we will cover in the near future. 

This article will focus on the fundamentals of mapping, why it is important to choose the correct maps and the benefits of both digital and paper mapping.

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Adventure for Hire: Tonto Trails

You’ve probably heard the old joke––the only thing better than having a boat is having a friend with a boat. That somewhat applies to exotic overland machines. Not that overland vehicles are as financially draining to maintain as a boat, but they sure don’t come cheaply. As such, few of us will adorn our garages with Sportsmobiles, super decked out JKs, or even a well modified Land Cruiser, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have access to them. Tonto Trails is a Durango based company renting authentic adventure in the form of the aforementioned overland vehicles. Their inventory of trucks is not your standard fleet of clapped-out beaters for hire. They offer only the finest, most purpose-built rigs appropriate for authentic overland travel.

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Map of the Week: Sightsmap.com

Get ready to have your daily productivity blown to bits. For the worldly traveler, this might be the ultimate time-suck. What we have here is Sightsmap.com. This is a massive repository of images from around the globe, cataloged on an interactive map. Ever wondered what the Metro entrance looks like under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris? Want to see the sites of Egypt from your computer? Here you go: www.sightsmap.com  Special thanks to ExPo moderator Haven for finding this and destroying a few hours of my workload.

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Map of the Week: Global Deforestation 2000 - 2012

This is one of the most visually captivating maps we have ever found. Unfortunately, it illustrates the rapid deforestation happening around the globe. A compilation of more than 650,000 satellite images, it tracks the rate of deforestation between the years 2000 and 2012. To view the interactive map in its stunning detail, CLICK HERE.

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Overland Routes: The Cassiar Highway

Carving a lone furrow through the glaciated mountains and interminable valleys of British Columbia is a road most adventurers reverently refer to as, The Cassiar. Officially, this wayward ribbon of road is Highway 37, or the Stewart-Cassiar Highway. Whatever name it goes by, it always holds the promise of endless vistas, wildlife sightings, and a chance to explore one of the greatest wilderness landscapes in North America. For many travelers, the Cassiar is the more exotic route to points north, most commonly Alaska. Few realize the real adventures are just a few miles off the Cassiar itself. Not just a scenic pass through, Highway 37 is a destination of its own.

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