Field Notes

Always Be Planning a Trip: The Universal Law of Travelers
The Universal Law of Travelers states that we will keep...
Down-Under Desert Crossing, Part 1
The Hanson’s tell the story of how on a whim...
Time Travel in South America: 10,000 km, 23 days
Roseann and Jonathan Hanson spend 23 days and traverse more...
Campfire Safety for Overlanders
There’s nothing like being out in the wilderness with a...
Tacos, Tires & Essential Travel: Take Me Back to Baja
Certainly, beaches, fish tacos, and and an endless supply of...
Ultimate Expedition Vehicle Part 2: Interior Build & Trans-Africa Adventure
With a 6,000-kilometer shakedown outback expedition completed, the Troopy back...
If The Pressure Is Getting To You, Air Down
Overlanders looking for a simple way to improve off-road ride...
A First-Timer’s Border Crossing into Baja, Mexico
Experience an account of crossing the border into Mexico for...
The Perfect Vehicle: Women & Motorcycling
There are more women riding motorcycles now than ever before....
EXPLORING OVERLAND: Ultimate Expedition Vehicle?
There are only a handful of vehicles that are reliable...
Dog Days – Overlanding with Your Dog
Its a dog’s life! My wife Astrid and I travel...
Off-Road Mixology: Campsite Spritzers
Super-portable canned wine gets an off-road upgrade! Switch up your...
An Ode to the Old Adventure Truck
Trucks don’t have to be new and shiny to be...
Rooftop Tents: Which Style Is Right For You?
Even though rooftop tents became popular in the U.S. over...
EXPLORING OVERLAND: A Brief History of Overlanding
From 1930s Pearce Arrows modified for camping to the early...
All Motorcycles Are Adventure Motorcycles
If you ride a motorcycle, you definitely ride an adventure...
Exploring Overland: Along the Great Divide
The Great Divide overland route runs from Bisbee, Arizona, just...
Do You Need a Fridge for Overlanding?
Coolers used to get a bad rap. But they’ve come...
Why Outlandish Vehicles Make Great Overland Rigs
Outlandish overland vehicles are nestled away in the woods of...
Why Outlandish Vehicles Make Bad Overland Rigs
Converting retired service vehicles into overland rigs is not always...
One-Tank Adventures: Roundtrip Journeys, Only Fill Up Once
One-Tank Adventures (OTAs, for short) are all about leaning into...
Going Viral — For All the Right Reasons
Dozens of companies that support the overlanding community have risen...
Quarantine and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance 
Join Overland Expo Motorcycle Community Ambassador Eva Rupert as she...
KLR650, a Love Story
Everyone enjoys a good love story, especially when it involves...

Always Be Planning a Trip: The Universal Law of Travelers

The Universal Law of Travelers states that we will keep our gas tanks full and our maps close at hand. Here’s a little dose of inspiration about always be planning a trip, pouring over maps, and plotting our next adventures.

Down-Under Desert Crossing, Part 1

The Hanson’s tell the story of how on a whim they ended up booking tickets to Australia, buying a Land Cruiser Troopy, and overlanded around the continent.

Campfire Safety for Overlanders

There’s nothing like being out in the wilderness with a roaring campfire, good friends, a glass of your favorite adult beverage, and a night sky full of stars. But your campfire is a huge responsibility, too. Responsible use of fire keeps public lands open for everyone.

Tacos, Tires & Essential Travel: Take Me Back to Baja

Certainly, beaches, fish tacos, and and an endless supply of incredible adventure riding must constitute “essential” travel, right? I can’t help but wonder how long it will be before I can pack my motorcycle and head back to Baja.

Ultimate Expedition Vehicle Part 2: Interior Build & Trans-Africa Adventure

With a 6,000-kilometer shakedown outback expedition completed, the Troopy back in Sydney at the Expedition Centre with Daniel Fluckiger, and us back in Arizona, we embarked on a final round of long-distance modifications based on the specifications we sketched up on the plane en route home.

If The Pressure Is Getting To You, Air Down

Overlanders looking for a simple way to improve off-road ride quality and performance automatically look to expensive bypass shock absorbers, lift kits to fit bigger tires, aftermarket coils, and burly leaf springs. But the answer they seek might be as simple as airing down on the trail.

The Perfect Vehicle: Women & Motorcycling

There are more women riding motorcycles now than ever before. We’re out there ripping it up at Bonneville, taking on roles as off road instructors, traveling around the world, and inspiring younger generations through our very presence. But what does it really mean to be a woman who rides?

EXPLORING OVERLAND: Ultimate Expedition Vehicle?

There are only a handful of vehicles that are reliable and stout enough to defined as world-class overland expedition vehicles. Above them all, however, lies the venerable Toyota 70 Series Land Cruiser Troop Carrier.

Off-Road Mixology: Campsite Spritzers

Super-portable canned wine gets an off-road upgrade! Switch up your overland adventure happy hour with a summertime wine spritzer using simple ingredients.

An Ode to the Old Adventure Truck

Trucks don’t have to be new and shiny to be effective overland vehicles. Old trucks with a little patina make some of the cheapest, most capable, and fun adventure trucks on the road.

Rooftop Tents: Which Style Is Right For You?

Even though rooftop tents became popular in the U.S. over the past decade, they are not a new phenomenon. Picking which one is right for you can be daunting. So, we put together tips for how to pick an overlanding rooftop tent.

All Motorcycles Are Adventure Motorcycles

If you ride a motorcycle, you definitely ride an adventure motorcycle. Eva Rupert explores motorcycle history and takes a long ride on her Honda Trail 90s to uncover the heart of adventure.

Exploring Overland: Along the Great Divide

The Great Divide overland route runs from Bisbee, Arizona, just north of the Mexico border and runs north through New Mexico and Colorado before terminating in Atlantic City, Wyoming.

Do You Need a Fridge for Overlanding?

Coolers used to get a bad rap. But they’ve come a long way in recent years. The improvement in cooler technology now begs the question: Do you need a fridge for overlanding? Overland Expo’s Anthony Sicola shares his thoughts on the matter.

Why Outlandish Vehicles Make Great Overland Rigs

Outlandish overland vehicles are nestled away in the woods of most forests, at a lot of trailheads, and in campgrounds around the world for a reason. I present numerous reasons why a retired service vehicle like a school bus, ambulance, or military vehicle makes a good overland vehicle.

Why Outlandish Vehicles Make Bad Overland Rigs

Converting retired service vehicles into overland rigs is not always as much fun as it seems. I reveal some of the challenges associated with converting a previous service vehicle for overland travel and what I have learned over two years of overland travel in a retired school bus.

One-Tank Adventures: Roundtrip Journeys, Only Fill Up Once

One-Tank Adventures (OTAs, for short) are all about leaning into your immediate locale. Even when there isn’t a pandemic going on, OTAs are awesome. Explore the overlooked corners of your own backyard — there’s more there than you might realize.

Going Viral — For All the Right Reasons

Dozens of companies that support the overlanding community have risen to the occasion and switched their manufacturing and production to support the efforts in fighting COVID-19. From producing personal protection equipment to open-source hospital bed designs, these are the companies and products being created right now to help during the global pandemic.

KLR650, a Love Story

Everyone enjoys a good love story, especially when it involves Vegas, motorcycles, and the Overland Expo Moto Ambassador Eva Rupert. Eva tells a story of how she found love in the desert while riding her trusty, or not so trusty KLR 650.

Photo by Brett Willhelm

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