JEEP GLADIATOR CAMPER/OVERLANDING VEHICLEWith a name like Gladiator it’s no wonder why this new mid-size truck-designed-Jeep has got everyone talking. Handsome and burly just like all of its Jeep predecessors but with the added cargo space for hauling loads and upgraded towing capacity, this on and off the road monster will be the center of attention at all the meet-ups.
Overlanding has a long and storied history, sharing its roots with the growth and expansion of human civilization and, while humans have been “overlanding” since the beginning of their existence, today the term conjures much different images than it did long ago. But what exactly is overlanding? What about all the 4WDs cruising off-roads? Is that overlanding? Is there a difference between overlanding and off-roading? If you’re confused, you aren’t alone. While we explored overlanding in earlier posts, here we’ll dive a bit further into the difference between overlanding and off-roading.
I’M NO BACKCOUNTRY EXPERT, CAN I STILL OVERLAND?Yes! The biggest misconception for those that hear of “overlanding” is that they must be an expert to enjoy this type of adventure. This definitely is not the case! While there are certainly some routes or terrain that require experience and knowledge, there are also countless journeys and destinations suitable for travelers who are just getting their feet wet.
If you’re a fan of adventure travel, chances are you have heard the term “overlanding” thrown around with increasing frequency, including everything from pictures of dirt-crusted 4WDs in the middle of rocky desert landscapes to #vanlife. You’ve seen pictures of vehicles and tents illuminated by glowing lights against a backdrop of ten-billion star accomodations: the dark night sky of the great outdoors, completely unadulterated by city lights, the hazy swath of the Milky Way stretched across the sky. You want this experience. Is this overlanding? What is overlanding?