Offtrek overlanding

Overlanding: Why You Should Have It on Your Bucket List


For those already in the world of vehicle-based exploration, the term “overlanding” won’t be a new one. Overlanding is becoming increasingly popular as people all over the world are looking for unique and interesting adventures–without the need to jump on a plane.

What Is Overlanding?

Overlanding is a way of, you guessed it, overland travel. This travel can be to remote destinations, but the destination itself isn’t the primary objective. 


You see, overlanding is all about the journey. Overlanders enjoy discovering remote trails and out-of-reach places, taking their time to witness the country’s beauty without rushing to a final destination.


Overland travel involves being self-reliant and having an off-road-capable vehicle, like a van or truck that you can camp from for months or years at a time. This type of self-reliant travel requires you to take on obstacles and live a life that’s anything but predictable or mundane.


Are Overlanding and Off-Roading the Same?

Overlanding and off-roading often get confused with one another. However, off-roading is strictly an adventure on un-surfaced roads, while overlanding takes on roads of all conditions. 


When overlanding, you could be driving on roads and trails through steep hills, extensive deserts, or big cities. In some ways, it’s kind of like a road trip, but without a set-in-stone final destination – the absence of which is the true spirit of overlanding.


And unlike a road trip, the main accommodation type for overlanders is camping, whether that be in a regular tent, a rooftop tent, or in the back of an RV.