Infinite Adventures round up 2015 and share their plans for 2016

It’s clear I have a love of overland truck travel, but it’s always good to hear what others think.  In this post we hear from Natalie, co-founder of Infinite Adventures, who do amazing-looking overland trips in Alaska, Canada and USA.

They have taken a slightly different approach with regards to the mode of transport and have opted for converting a school bus, rather than a typical overland truck. I asked her to give a run down of 2015 and a sneak peek at their plans for 2016.

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What were the highs and lows for Infinite Adventures in 2015?

We increased our number of passengers again.  This time by about 40% on the previous year. This was a great achievement; but what counts more is the overwhelming positive feedback we got from our passengers this year.

Many of them I am still in close, personal contact with after the summer – through social media and emails. We simply got friends. One of our oldest passengers this year (70+) likes to play the guitar and recorded a few songs about Alaska for me and Dave.

We received fantastic feedback from those who travelled with us.

“I am never traveling alone again! After going on the group tour with Nat and Dave I am forever convinced that traveling with a group is the way to go”

After experiencing a few Overland trips in different parts of the world I have to say this was definitely by far the best. Everything planned to the detail by absolutely committed guides…

It makes Dave and I very proud to hear feedback like this and is the best reward for work we are so passionate about.

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There weren’t really any lows, but being on the road for several years for many months at a time, can get tiring. So we’re thinking of bringing a third person on board in the near future.

A personal highlight for me was seeing the Northern Lights in Alaska in August! We were bush camping in Wrangell St Elias National Park and the lights were dancing above the glacier…

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What plans do you have for Infinite Adventures in 2016?

Keep on overlanding! Apart from that we are planning a few upgrades to our converted school bus ATKA. Before we leave for our season out of Las Vegas beginning of May, we will be installing a fridge and a second set of batteries.

This will make things a lot easier with the food handling for us and our passengers. The second set of batteries will give passengers the opportunity to charge camera batteries and phones during three nights of bush camping.

Hopefully we will also be able to install a permanent awning on the side of the bus, so shelter from rain and sun.  Yes, believe it or not, we had to set up our cook tents a few times this year because people were complaining it was too hot in Alaska!

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What message do you have for people considering overland travel?

In my opinion overlanding and the style of trips it offers have the advantage of both: individual and group travel.

Overlanding-style trips offer the right mixture of meeting lots of like-minded people, but having the freedom to make your own choices and being involved in the adventure. You can get the camp fire started yourself if you like to but you can also rely on your tour leaders organizing a bunch of stuff which you don’t want to deal with on your holidays. And you not only get to know the culture of the country you are visiting but also get to know like-minded people from all over the world.

North America has many beautiful remote places to visit and long distances to cover (especially in Alaska where there are still many gravel roads). Why not do it more comfortably in a vehicle that has more space and is perfectly equipped for being outdoors and camping?

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What top tip would you give someone going on an overland trip?

Be flexible and open-minded, try and go with the flow. It doesn’t matter, if you are on a trip in Africa, Asia or North America: schedules will always change slightly and your tour leader has to reconsider or rearrange things.

I am certain he or she is trying to do his/her best to make it a great experience and a little bit of flexibility away from the itinerary might offer you totally different opportunities with locals. Just as an example: On one of our trips we skipped the long hike up to Exit Glacier and after a short walk we joined the 4th of July parade in Seward. It’s a great way to delve into some local customs and experience something unique!

I want to thank Natalie for taking the time to share details of their amazing trips. You can find out more on their website.

If you’d like to tell us about your overland plans or share your overlanding experience, please do get in contact.

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