How To Take Your Dream Trip ... Even If You Think You Can't Afford It!

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  • Easy tips so that you can embark on your trip sooner than you thought possible!
  • The KEY difference between a vacation and long-term travel that makes your dream trip affordable
  • The 7 elements that determine how much you will need to fund your adventure

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Frequently Asked Questions

What do you mean by "long-term travel"?

We mean a trip that is longer than 1 month and up to a year or more in duration.  It is not a vacation; instead it is an exciting journey that can take you to the far reaches of the Earth.

What is overlanding?

Overlanding is an international road-trip, often covering multiple countries and continents.  Using their own vehicle, travelers enjoy independence, freedom, and flexibility as they explore the world over weeks, months, or years.

What types of people travel overland?

People from many different backgrounds, occupations and countries travel overland.  There are singles, couples and even families that find overlanding to be the most economical way to see the world and connect with the landscapes and people that they meet during their travels.

Which kinds of vehicles do overlanders drive?

It varies quite a bit, but here are some examples (from large to small): high-end "overland" trucks, RVs, truck campers, camper vans, SUVs, sedans, motorcycles, and bicycles.  We've even heard of one group of travelers that drove three-wheeled tuks-tuks the length of the PanAmerican Highway.  If you can dream it, you can do it!

About Us


Welcome to The Practical Overlander.  We are excited you are here!

We have found that international travel has made us better people by increasing our trust and understanding of people from different cultures.  Traveling overland provides a fantastic way to appreciate changing landscapes, climates and cultures while staying grounded to the distances covered over weeks, months or even years.

We’ve spent 4 years traveling in our own vehicle, visiting 40 countries on 4 continents. For our first overland trip we shipped our Land Rover to the UK and drove it to the southernmost tip of Africa.  More recently we traveled with our young son in our camper van as we explored the Americas on and off the PanAmerican highway.

We know that planning an overland trip can seem overwhelming at times, especially when you are first starting out.  Sometimes there is so much to know that it is hard to even know where to begin.  The good news is that you don’t need to be independently wealthy nor do you need to have an expensive overlanding rig with all the bells and whistles.  What you do need is a plan and the willingness to put it into action, and that’s where we can help.

Our mission is to help you plan the overland trip of your dreams so you can see the world independently from your own vehicle.  We offer online advice, tips and training so that you can learn what you need to know to get out on the road and start living your own adventure!

Happy Travels!

- Witt, Jen & Quinn

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