We all have that one big camping trip we look forward to each year. The destination could be halfway across the world or just around the corner. The means of travel could range from bush planes to backpacking, and the timeline might vary from days to weeks. But what each trip shares are a sense of freedom upon departure and an irreplaceable joy of escaping into the outdoors. Those feelings were palpable as I watched this video from Jim Bob Barnett. Follow along as their group of friends navigates the backroads of Colorado and Utah in Land Cruisers, Tacomas, and Ford vans. Soak in the expansive views, hear the crackle of warm fires, and witness the rush of cold creek crossings in this four-minute clip. Then pull out a map to plan your own big trip, because I guarantee you’ll be feeling the itch to hit the road.
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Chris didn’t receive a real taste of the outdoors until moving to Prescott, Arizona, in 2009. While working on his business degree, he learned to fly and spent his weekends exploring the Arizona desert and high country. It was there that he fell in love with backcountry travel and four-wheel drive vehicles, eventually leading him to Overland Journal and Expedition Portal. After several years of honing his skills in writing, photography, and off-road driving, Chris now works for the company full time as Expedition Portal's Senior Editor while living full-time on the road.