Is ‘Overland’ Car Camping? Vehicle Adventure? Get 5 Expert Perspectives

Is ‘overlanding’ the act of driving a vehicle a long way through places vehicles usually don’t go? Is it just car camping? Or is it nothing more than a licensed brand? Answer: It’s complicated.

Demonstrably, overland travel can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Get five thorough, informed perspectives in this clip from Blue Ridge Overland Gear.

One colorful take: “I think about going places I’ve never been before. I think about kayaking with icebergs or poking lava with a stick.”

Another choice nugget, from a dated dictionary definition: “‘[people] traveled by ship to this point, and then they traveled overland from there to get to this point.’ So it’s comparable to now. They didn’t know where they were going; they thought they were looking for something but they didn’t know where to find it, so they were just going to go explore and find it.”

Join the noise with this scrutiny-inducing edit.

Runtime: 17 minutes

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Sam Anderson

Sam has roamed the American continent to follow adventures, explore natural wonders, and find good stories. After going to college to be a writer, he got distracted (or saved) by rock climbing and spent most of the next decade on the road, supporting himself with trade work. He's had addresses in the Adirondack Mountains, Las Vegas, and somehow Kansas, but his heart belongs in the Texas hill country.

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