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10 California Backpacking Trips on My Bucket List

I remember my first backpacking trip in California like it was yesterday. I was working at a summer camp on Fallen Leaf Lake and my day-off crew …

Backpacking

Five Ways to Kill Time With Kids While Camping

Like the moment before the soon-to-be victim pushes the door open in a horror movie, I could see my sister's patience about to explode before it …

Camping

The man who drove from England to Afghanistan… to play a game of cricket

Jon Beardmore doesn’t like cricket - he loves it. So much so the London-based adventurer drove halfway across the planet for a few overs in Afghanistan, an odyssey that took him through some of the most hostile places on Earth, including Ukraine, Pakistan and, obviously, Afghanistan.<p>A bit of a …

Road Trips

The most efficient road trip to visit every national park in the lower 48 states

There isn’t a better time than right now to go visit national parks. Considering this August the National Park Service is celebrating its 100th …

Road Trips

A Quick Look Back at the Roofless Trucks of Overlanding

Overlanding has existed about as long as the automobile itself. Long before the interstate highway system, motorists traveling to and from towns and …

Land Rover

Satisfy your wanderlust (and Instagram) with the best vehicle rooftop tents

Rooftop tents are growing in popularity with camping enthusiasts and for good reason. While Thoreau may have ventured into the wilderness “to live …

Camping

Watch 17 Air-Cooled Porsche 911s Run a Grueling 3000-Mile African Rally

The East African Safari Rally courses across Kenya and Tanzania. It's the perfect venue for Tuthill Porsche's rally-prepped vintage Porsches.​<p>Tuthill Porsche is a world-renowned Porsche rally shop in the United Kingdom. For years the guys at Tuthill have been building race-prepped P-cars to compete …

Porsche

2016 Peking to Paris Motor Challenge: Epic Photos from the 36-Day Journey

The thought of taking a modern car on an 8510-mile, 36-day slog across the Asian and European continents sounds hard, but imagine tackling the challenge in a pre-1975 vehicle. Or a prewar beast. That’s the Peking-to-Paris Motor Challenge, put on by the Endurance Rally Association. The 2016 race …

The adventure doesn't have to stop: Here's how to travel with baby

When I was pregnant and living on a sailboat in the South Pacific, my friends back home told me to "get my kicks in" before our first baby arrived. It made me nervous. The thought of waiting a decade (or more?) to adventure over high peaks, open ocean and fast rivers made me more nauseated than …

Landcruising Adventure: 14 days to cross a border (Venezuela), part 1

Karin-Marijke and our Colombian friend Mauro were studying the road map of Colombia to sort out routing options. Colombia has a number of border …

What a round-the-world train trip taught me about life

It was five hours since we had broken down a few miles past Tham Krasae bridge, and tensions were, remarkably, low. Within 15 minutes of our rolling to a standstill, the aroma of fried butter had billowed through the carriage when an opportunistic hawker had wheeled over her cart and begun to make …

Travel

Chasing the Dream: How to Live the Ultimate #VanLife

Many of us dream of hitting the open road in the perfect adventure vehicle—a vintage Land Cruiser or a tricked-out Westaflia. Customizing your machine takes dedication, but as these obsessives can attest, once you go all in, you never look back.<p>The Overlander<p>Mike Sandone; 1986 Land Rover Defender …

This video is all about the joys of life on the road

In November 2012, James Campbell and Rachel Goldfarb closed their apartment door for the very last time, loaded their bags into a 1976 Volkswagen bus …

Road Trips

Exploring Patagonia, Argentina—in a Clown Car

We tossed the idea of heading to Patagonia, Argentina, around for years and my friend Henry Jacobson and I finally bit the bullet and booked our …

Argentina

A2A Expedition: Traveling the Planet with Children

I met a wonderful couple at the recent Overland Expo West held in Flagstaff, Arizona. This is the second time we have met and I am glad we did. They …

Rite of Passage

It started with an ending.<p>Last month my husband, Darin, and I found ourselves on Porcupine Rim in Moab, Utah, finishing a mountain bike ride I had …

Why do a 4×4 training course before an overland expedition?

When preparing for an overland journey, buying the right vehicle is only half the job done. To survive a great traverse between several countries in …

Land Rover

Four Road Trips to Unexpected Places

It's summer, which means it's foggy in the Outer Richmond. While the avenues "enjoy" a long string of projected highs in the upper 50s, the rest of …

Getting Ripped on the Road

Don’t tackle that resolution alone. These trips will teach you skills, lead you up summits, and leave you plenty of time to relax.<p>Expand/Collapse All<p>1<p>Tecate, Mexico<p>Think of Rancho la Puerta, an hour southeast of San Diego, as a data-driven relaxation retreat. For years, stressed-out Californians …

Bicycle touring

Overland Inspiration: Taking the Leap of Faith

Society tells us to be cautious with our lives and live by a set of rules laid out for generations. Work hard in primary school to make it to …

Inspiration

7 Essentials You Can't Road-Trip Without

Technically, all you need for a road trip is a vehicle and a long stretch of pavement, but as any road-weary traveler will attest, not all road trips are created equal. In an attempt to help you elevate your next journey, we’ve rounded up the best road trip gear of the season, from necessities like …

Outdoors

Royal Geographical Society launches campaign to reveal secret Britain

The Royal Geographical Society has launched an ambitious new project to encourage the public to discover the hidden stories behind the UK’s environment, and some of its special, secret places.<p>Discovering Britain consists of a national network of free walks, trails and viewpoints designed to help …

Trails

Iceland’s main highway, the Ring Road, carries us onward toward the Gunnuhver steam vents

Iceland’s main highway, the Ring Road, carries us onward toward the Gunnuhver steam vents. There we hope to find a preview of what will make this journey last a lifetime.

Marrakech express: the Red City by motorbike

Next to me, a battered old van is vibrating gently. Its driver, a wrinkled, toothless man wearing a white <i>taqiyah</i> (prayer cap) leans out of the window and grins at me. I gamely smile back and wave. He gives me a thumbs up. I return it. Then he puts his index finger and thumb together in the …

Travel

Home Away From Home

During the past 15 years I’ve had the opportunity to <i>live</i> in roof top tents (RTT) for an aggregate time of nearly a year. I spent two months in an ARB …

Latin America

Traveling the World—and Raising Two Kids—in a 2003 Land Rover Defender

Many of us dream about buying a Land Rover and seeing the world. Graeme and Luisa Bell, along with their two kids, Keelan, 16, and Jessica, 11, actually did it. Since 2009, the family, originally from South Africa, has driven more than 100,000 miles in their 2003 Land Rover Defender 130 diesel. …

Land Rover

Polar Bug: When the Volkswagen Beetle Conquered Antarctica

By Jared Paul Stern<p>3 Comments<p>In 1963, the humble Volkswagen Beetle became the first production car to explore the Antarctic under the auspices of …

Volkswagen