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Slow Is the Way to Go

We were recently reminded that the unquestionable fundamental principle of off-road driving—drive as fast and necessary, as slow as possible—applies equally to overland on-road driving. Nigeria is a difficult country to travel overland: the roads are either terrible or okay, the police either horrific or friendly and relaxed, the heat sucks the energy from your…

An Overlander’s Real Christmas List

Dear Santa, I hope all is well up north; I hear that it is unseasonably warm up there. It has been a while since I last wrote you a letter, about 34 years to be precise. My older brother told me then that you didn’t exist, but he also told me that the bottom of…

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Expedition Portal and Overland Journal staff would like to take a moment to wish our readers and their loved ones a very happy Thanksgiving, and to say THANK YOU for your continued support of our publications and this community. We’d also like to extend a special thank you to those men and women serving our country…

Is the Rebelle Rally the Most Important Off-road Competition in North America?

OFF-ROAD RACING, YEAH!! The smell of gasoline, the sound of thunderous exhausts, the teeming energy drink representatives, and million-dollar tube-chassis race trucks. The Rebelle Rally is, well, none of that. In fact, it’s not a race at all, but rather a competitive and inspiring navigation and driving challenge.  Four years ago, when Emily Miller and…

Crossing the Gobi Desert to Camp at the Flaming Cliffs of Mongolia

We have seen our share of empty landscapes in South America: Patagonia, the Atacama Desert, Bolivia’s Altiplano—but all of them pale when compared with the Gobi Desert in Southern Mongolia (and stretching into northern China). The Gobi is intimidating—so immense and seemingly boundless, driving here was claustrophobic at times, making me wonder, worry even, if…

Overland Routes | Anza-Borrego State Park

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in Overland Journal, Spring 2017. Anza–Borrego Desert State Park (ABDSP) is a remote moonscape that beckons the adventurer with technical terrain, expansive geology, and the solitude of desert campsites. It is named for the Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza and borrego (bighorn sheep). At 600,000 acres it…

The Coolest Overland Video You’ll See All Week

It’s Friday, and most of us are coming off of a long work week and ready to relax. So regardless of what you have planned for the next few days, we’ve got a little dose of dirt roads and dust to kick things off. This video from Benyamin Senkal follows his family’s adventure through the…

A Weekend Overlanding Michigan’s UP

The Western United States is a fantastic place, filled with wide-open spaces, diverse scenery, and enough backroads and public lands to keep you occupied for years, if not your entire life. It’s little wonder why overlanders from all over the world travel there to explore, but for those of us lucky enough to live in…

Overland Routes | The Rim Rocker

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in Overland Journal, Summer 2019. Eastern Utah and Western Colorado encompass some of the most beloved off-pavement trails and backcountry terrain in all of North America. Moab, specifically, draws in thousands of visitors each year, stunning them with secluded escapes amidst serene landscapes, but times are changing. Thanks to increases…

The Way Overland Confirmed In Iran’s Evin Prison

For the most part, the world is much safer than we think. People are generally good, and time and again our worries about international travel are proven to be unfounded. Yet every once and a while something does go wrong, and it’s important for us to acknowledge that risk. That’s why today we’re sharing the…

How To Ship Your Vehicle To Europe

The years spent dreaming and planning for this around-the-world adventure were long, filled with research and eager anticipation. But the past month leading up to our launch date was brutally short, and I was swept away by a landslide of logistics: plane tickets, paperwork, hotel reservations, car rentals, deadlines. En masse, the cascade of tasks…

The Truth About Bribery

By Bryon Bass, Graeme Bell, Scott Brady, Dan Grec, and Lois Pryce Intro by Dan Grec Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in Overland Journal, Gear Guide 2019. The very word bribery often strikes fear into the heart of those who have never experienced it. Terrifying images of corrupt military brandishing automatic rifles come to mind,…

Overland Expo East

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The Overland Expo is one of the most exciting events of the year, a chance to reconnect with friends, listen to stories of adventure, and explore the newest products for overlanding. While the west show has been huge in recent years, the east event is also growing, and now changing venues to Arrington, Virginia and…

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The Top 25 Instagram Overland Accounts

#Instagram for days! Our 25 Favorite Overland Adventurers Instagram is ripe with inspiration for both the traveler and the photographer, and there are some accounts that just do it better. Our best 25 overlanding list focuses on the real travelers and world-class photographers that post (mostly) original content. Not all accounts are overland heavy or…

prAna Giving Away $100,000 To Pursue Your Dream Job

Have you ever dreamed of being a world-class photographer? Maybe you long to start your own overland tour company, run a dive shop in Tahiti, or become a renowned travel writer. Whatever your dream job is, prAna wants to make it a reality by giving you a $100,000 salary to quit your day job and…

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