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Drive Nacho Drive: The Cost to Drive Around the World

January 26th, 2015 It seems like whenever it comes up in conversation that we’ve just driven our van around the world, and that to do so took nearly three years, the first thing people say is something along the lines of “That sounds expensive!” I can see why people might think that. I mean, we used to take ten day vacations to Europe, and when we would return our bank account would sometimes be $5,000 less than when we left. There were the… read more »

Water water everywhere – Three ways to keep your phone dry.

January 25th, 2015 Those of us who live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest have many names for the embarrassing wetness that envelopes us for half the year. My personal favorite is Liquid Sunshine. Even when it snows here on the left coast, it's not the dry fluffy powder of our more easterly cousins, but a thick wet heavy blanket resembling freshly poured concrete. Living in the PNW, waterproofing your gear and your self becomes second nature. We proudly talk about the technology behind… read more »

First Drive: Jeep Renegade

January 23rd, 2015 Two years ago when Jeep launched their new Cherokee, you could almost hear the collective groan from around the globe. Many Jeep loyalists were quick to lambast the new vehicle with its slanted nose and squinty headlights, going so far as to chide Jeep for “ruining the brand.” If you were amidst those voices claiming the Cherokee sounded the death knell for Jeep, you were––wrong. Love it or loathe it, the sale of more than a quarter of a million… read more »

VStrom 1000: Modifications and Mid-Term Review

January 22nd, 2015 Time really does fly. It seems like just yesterday we were handed the keys to our long-term Suzuki V-Strom 1000, but in reality, it was almost half a year ago. Fortunately, that has afforded us ample time on this new machine, using it on rides big and small to get to know how it truly measures up.   Although the stock bike we received in June was nicely appointed and ready to rumble as we rolled it out the doors… read more »

Overlanding: Five things you might be doing wrong

January 22nd, 2015 Over the last several years, the Expedition Portal team has watched as the overlanding audience has evolved, not just in the volume of participants, but with regard to how people travel overland. We have watched as countless newcomers become seasoned adventurers, their skills honed with the passing of every mile. There are however, some who still struggle. What are they doing wrong? Here are five things many overlanders don’t always get right.   Going Unprepared: This could be as egregious as not… read more »

Field Tested: ICON 1000 Akorp Jacket

January 21st, 2015 Let’s start with the facts: ICON 1000’s Akorp Jacket is fitted with an adjustable waist and constructed with a Highland coated canvas chassis. You stay safe with the CE level 2 certified D30 removable back protector, and CE certified shoulder and elbow impact protectors. The armor has a little room to travel so they tend to slide around. This is an easy fix with a stitch to prevent the elbows pads from moving outside of the desired location. Initially they’re… read more »

Tracing Australia’s Remote Qld/NT Border

January 20th, 2015 Standing on the crest of a raw red dune I was straining my eyes to catch a glimpse – any glimpse, no matter how small – of a marker or post that indicated the present day border of the Northern Territory and Queensland. We were just under 113km (exactly 70 miles) directly north of Poeppel Corner, where the borders of South Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland come together in the sea of sand that is the Simpson Desert. Over 120… read more »

Land Rover Announces Three Limited Edition Defenders

January 19th, 2015 Say what you will about Land Rover, you cannot deny the brand for having panache. When they wanted to test their diesel-hybrid Range Rovers, they did so by driving the length of the Silk Trail over the Himalayas. To commemorate their Continental Divide trip they repeated the journey again in their pinnacle product, the Range Rover. They crossed the Empty Quarter of Saudi Arabia in record breaking time in a Rangie Sport and the list just goes on and on.… read more »

Purmamarca, an argument with altitude and fabulous Fatima

January 18th, 2015 Our lives six months after saying heartfelt goodbyes in old Blighty – no longer concerned themselves with mainstream matters on which the average Brit might dwell: work, bills, making some imaginative weekend play before the cycle’s put on repeat. Our affairs now involved getting from A to B under our own steam – faring through foreign lands astride two wheels in often unpredictable conditions. Risk assessment, daily contingency plans and damage limitation feature high on the daily agenda. As well,… read more »

Driving Skills: Maximizing Traction

January 17th, 2015 Not every truck, like the Land Cruiser pictured above, is fitted with locking differentials or advanced traction control systems. The experts at Team O'Neil have the off-road driving acumen to hopefully overcome the situations where open differentials could present a significant challenge.   From Team O'Neil:   "Driving a fairly stock vehicle in off-road situations can be a challenge, but even a completely unprepared vehicle can get through some pretty extreme situations with the right planning and techniques.  One of… read more »

Vanajeros: Of High Hopes and Busted Engines

January 15th, 2015 It's been three weeks since the four of us and half the mechanics at the auto shop stared at Sandy's engine, disassembled and strewn across the oily cement. I looked at the tiny crack in the engine block of our 85 Westfalia; the tiny crack that had the power to bring down an entire vehicle, not to mention our plans to drive the remaining six hour stretch to our destination after almost half a year on the road. Six hours.… read more »

Our favorite Stories of 2014

January 14th, 2015 As we have said before, the last year was a good one for all of us at Expedition Portal. Not only did we have our own amazing experiences, we got to share in a host of adventurous stories from our friends around the world. Here are just a few of our favorite stories from the past year:    Click on the image to access the story.   Sirocco Overland: The Lost City of Kadykchan Travel Iceland The Expedition Portal… read more »