From Croatia we look back on our journey through Northern Europe in the winter of 2021/2022. What an adventure that was! The overlanding and camping in the winter gave an extra dimension to our adventure. It also gave us...
What is overlanding?
Overland or overlanding is self-sufficient travel with an (overlander) vehicle where the journey itself is the goal. At its simplest, overlanding is about reconnaissance. Whether you travel by truck, 4×4 or motorcycle, it's all about driving the roads less traveled and immersing yourself in the environment and culture. Of course there will be plenty of campsites – the only difference is that there are sometimes off-road obstacles to overcome and navigate. This is “driving” in the purest form. And, just like with life, you'll probably go through some sort of process of reassessing priorities along the way.
What is the difference between off-roading and overlanding?
While off-road driving and its extreme variants are more focused on the technical aspects of driving/traveling over challenging varied terrain, the overland experience is more focused on the journey and exploration where off-road driving is only a small part.
Do you need a 4×4 for overlanding?
You don't need 4wd for overlanding. Most people don't use their 4×4 99% of the time. Invest in quality All Terrain tires, recovery equipment and safety equipment.