Life on the Road

Life on the road

For me, overlanding is about traveling slower, seeing more, watching a different life go by, meeting people and experiencing a different culture.

Overlanding increases the opportunity to get off the beaten track, to set up camp and cook and sleep in places few hotels would attempt to.

There will be days when it’s wet, and cold, and windy, and hot, and sticky.  Sometimes all on the same day!

There will be times you’ll whiff a bit as you’ve live in the same clothes for a few days; but it can also be glorious.

There may be nights where you see so many shooting stars you run out of wishes.  Incredible sunsets and sunrises.  Great food, and great company.

What are you waiting for?

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In Tibet, on the way to the border with Nepal travelling by overland truck.

Truck Life

The truck.  Your new home.  Like any home it needs to be cared for, cleaned and maintained so it can keep you safe. Depending on your type of trip, you’ll probably find that each person has role to play in your new, albeit temporary, home.

Sleeping

There are a number of things you can do to improve your chances of getting a good night’s sleep.  This section gives details on some of them as well as how to manage your belongings to ensure your tent isn’t 95% the contents of your backpack and 5% sleeping mat!

Eating

I’ve lost count of the number of excellent meals I’ve had when overlanding.  Too many it seems, as it’s easy to put on weight when you’re overlanding.  This section gives information about what to expect at meal times and how you can handle special dietary requirements, should you need to.

Staying clean

Keeping yourself and your clothes (relatively!) clean can be a challenge when you’re on the road for a number of days.  If you don’t want to be ‘that person’ on the truck that’s a bit whiffy, there are a number of methods you can deploy.  Handing clothes pegs around for people’s noses isn’t one of them!

Group Travel

Ah…the blessing and the curse that can be group travel.  The people you travel with (and this includes crew) can make or break your trip; yet you have little control over it.  You do however have control over how you behave, and react.  I’ve written about Group Travel in this section already, but here are the lessons I’ve learned about group travel.

Entertainment

It’s likely you’ll experience some long drive days whilst you’re on the road; or hours in a cheap hotel with little about for interest or entertainment.  That’s just the way it goes some days. There are ways to mitigate the boredom, or spice up truck life. This section gives some suggestions.

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