The following websites (and fellow nomads), magazines and books helped us a lot in the planning phases. Certainly, the following lists are by no means complete. If you have other interesting links, books or other bits and pieces of information you think we should add, please let us know!
The Bell family is a South African family of four driving their Land Rover Overlanding the Americas (for now...). They are currently travelling from Argentina to Alaska, travelling in their Land Rover Defender 130 which has been modified for overland travel. Once they have circumnavigated the South American continent, they will be travelling to Alaska and who knows where from there.
In January 2000, Candelaria and Herman Zapp set off for a half-year-trip from their home-country Argentina to far-away Alaska in a 72-year-old car ... Today, more than 14 years later, they are still traveling. They were outward bound as a couple and now, they're together with their four children that were conceived, born and raised "on the road" ... read our review of their book "Spark your Dream"
Our colleagues from the boarding school "Marienau" have traveled through South America for half a year together with their son Jasper in their blue Mercedes van called "Ben".
Ian and Kevin from England plan to travel to South East Asia in their Toyota Hilux called Surf. They say that "it’s a lot more more than just a road trip, it’s us changing our lives and changing routine for a real adventure". Hope to hear from you two soon!
They have been on the road for 11 years so far and it seems for the nearer future they have made no plans to return to the Netherlands and settle down. Wonderful people, great truck (Land Cruiser BJ45) great website and "Overlanders of the Year 2014"!
In 2011, Roland and Iris start their trip to India and Nepal in their old Land Cruiser BJ45. 14 months and 50,000 kilometres later, they return to the Netherlands with a bunch of stories to tell.
Tobias has traveled to many countries in his good old Land Rover, experienced warmth and friendship and survived an attack by bandits in northern Kenia. The website is very informative and really suspense-packed.
During 2010 and 2011, Andrew, Anne, Jessica and AJ (Andrew John) went on an overland trip from the UK to Australia in their 1998 Land Rover Defender 110 300 Tdi County Station Wagon. Impressive overland journey, a great blog and wonderful people!
For the last 10 years they have been on the road now, traveling around the edge of Afrika, to India and also in the Middle East - normally in their violet truck called “Pistenkuh”. The website is full of information and their books and dads simply are great!
Their honeymoon was in a Lada offroading in Iceland ... that started their overland dreams. The day came (in 2013) and they left their home, quit the jobs, packed in their two children and travelled the Panamerican Highway starting in the USA traveling southwards. Robert, Carla, Tanja and Max are now back in Europe ... and most certainly planning their next trip.
Fellow islander Claudia travelled to Australia, Iceland, Africa and the Middle East in her Toyota Landcruiser and currently is slow travelling through the Americas down to Tierra del Fuego.
The South African 4x4 and overland forum with an immense amount of information on overlanding, 4-wheel-tracks and traveling in Africa, especially the southern part of Africa.
US-based “Expedition Portal“ is “a community of adventure travelers, where the primary means of exploration is by 4wd and Motorcycle. Founded in 2005 by Scott Brady, CEO of Overland International, expeditionportal.com is operated by a team of experienced adventurers, the staff having completed expeditions on all seven continents. With the growing popularity of overland travel, expeditionportal.com has expanded in membership and content to represent the single-largest repository of online overland resources on the web. This includes 2,000+ feature editorials and over 1.2 million forum posts. Most know expedition portal as “ExPo“.“
PanAmerican Travelers: Past, Present and Future if you want to travel in the Americas.
Land Rover Owners if you are a Land Rover enthusiast.
4xFORUM.com by Andrew St.Pierre White for 4wheel enthusiasts and overlanders alike.
"Spark your Dream", the Facebook group connected with the Zapp family.
Rolf Potts' online platform providing an enormous variety of information on nearly any kind of topic connected with travelling, travel-destinations ... don't lose yourself in this, it's simply great!
“Overland Journal“ is the US-based “publication for environmentally responsible, worldwide vehicle-supported expedition and adventure travel.“ We simply love it for its great international trip reports, gear reviews and wonderful photography!
“Irgendwann erwischt's dich dann!“ by Klaus Därr
Klaus and Erika Därr are among the most famous German overlanders. They have been almost everywhere. This book is a collection of episodes from their overland-travels between 1969 and 2014. What an impressive life!
“Dark Continent My Black Arse“ by Sihle Khumalo
"Dark Continent" is by no means politically correct, but it's a funny and exciting travel log of an African overlander traveling from Durban via Cape Town to Cairo.
“Trans-Africa Motoring“ by Colin McElduff
Published in 1975, this book is one of "the" "historic" travel books about overlanding in Africa. Of course, much information is outdated but still "Trans-Africa Motoring" is really interesting. "The most comprehensive handbook of its kind, it is essential reading for anyone planning to cross Africa by motor vehicle - without it you might as well stay at home."
“Couchsurfing im Iran“ by Stephan Orth
It's forbidden and almost everybody would argue against doing this, but Stephan Orth has made it: he went couch surfing in the Islamic Republic of Iran, discovering the hospitality, warmth and ingenuity of a wonderful people! Great read so far!
“The Idle Traveller“ by Dan Kieran
If you are able to travel through southern England in an old electric milk car then yo are a “Slow Traveller“. Using the roads less travelled by, far off from the normal tourist routes, throwing over board all rituals connected with modern day travel (such as guidebooks, taking pictures etc.), don’t visit any “sights“ and start loving catastrophies may not be “relaxing“, but will satisfy through deep experiencing. That is what the “Slow Travel“ philosophy is all about. Travelling itself is what’s important, not reaching a destination.
“Vagabonding“ by Rolf Potts
In an inspiring and humorous way, Rolf Potts makes his readers aware of how easily they could take time off from their normal lives, make their dream of long term travel come true and thus enhance their lives and experiences. Rather than helping to find a destination, the book concentrates on the background of Potts’ philosophy called “Vagabonding“ and what is to be expected “on the road“. www.vagablogging.net
“Overlander’s Handbook“ by Chris Scott
Let’s call this book “The Overlander’s Bible“, because that’s exactly what it is. It provides an enormous amount of information on every step and aspect of planning, converting and overlanding. Overlander’s Handbook is great for planning and dreaming at home, but also has a great “on the road value“ as a wonderful source of information. A “must-buy“!
“Vehicle Dependent Expedition Guide“ by Tom Sheppard
Overlanding actually has two “Bibles“, the “VDEG“ is the first one. Concentrating on every single detail important for vehicle dependent expeditions, the doyen of overland expeditions, Tom Sheppard, wrote this impressive book years ago and it has been published since in several revised editions. Collectors pay large sums for first edition copies. A must buy as well!
“50 Jahre afrikanische Un- Abhängigkeiten - eine selbstkritische Bilanz“ by AfricAvenir International e.V.
This beautifully made book lets African leaders, poets, writers and artists speak out their reflections on 50 years of African independence. A wonderful background read!
“Ach Afrika“ by Bartholomäus Gill
Amazon writes “Africa is the continent of contradictions, shaped by the rich imagination of its people, their social rules and rutials, their dreams and taboos, their structures of power and systems of belief. This world often seems rough and violent, then again timeless cheerful and relaxed. Bartholomäus Grill has opened up this world for us!“
“Äthiopien von innen und außen, gestern und heute“ by Marie-Luise Kreuter
This book provides a large amount of information on Ethiopia from the historical, sociological and cultural perspective and goes far beyond everything any guidebook can provide. This book really is a "must read" for every person traveling to Ethiopia.
“Afrikanisches Fieber“ by Ryszard Kapuscinski
Kapuscinski was almost everywhere and has a lot of stories to tell from his 40-year-experience as a foreign correspondent. His stories and pictures created are rich in detail and simply impressive!
“The State of Africa“ by Martin Meredith
First published in 2005, this book gives a relatively up-to-date account on post-colonial Africa. The Financial Times put it correctly with “As a narrative of Africa’s political trajectory since independence, this book is hard to bear ... Elegantly written as well as unerringly accurate.“
“Africa Overland - 4x4, Motorbike, Bicycle, Truck“ by Michael Palin
This is "the" guidebook for planning any overland trip through Africa providing an immense amount of information on preparation, routes, countries et cetera.
“Afrika wird armregiert“ by Volker Seitz
This book is a plea for a radical change in development policy. Seitz worked as a German diplomat for 17 years and states that Africa can not be helped by bombastic conferences et cetera, but rather by listening in into the ideas of Africans and respecting them as equals.
"Americas Overland - The Driving Handbook" by Kim and Don Greene
A driving guide for the adventurous traveler seeking to drive and explore throughout Central America and South America offering a lot of information on planning a trip, document and vehicle preparation, shipping and many other topics. Slightly outdated, as the newest edition is only from 2008.
“Panamericana - Mit dem Auto durch Südamerika“ by Sonja Nerviger & Klaus Scherer
Preparation and Planning aids for traveling the Panamerican Highway.
“The Great Sea. A Human History of the Mediterranean“ by David Abulafia
This is the story and history of a unique cultural region ... Jonathan Keates states in the Sunday Telegraph "This memorable study, its scholarship tinged with indulgent humour and an authorial eye for bizarre detail, celebrates the swirling changeability at the heart of that wonderful symbiosis of man and nature which once took place long Mediterranean shores". What more is there to say!
“Wo es keinen Arzt gibt“ by David Werner
The German version of “Where There is no Doctor“. This book may not be a substitute for a good doctor, but can help finding diagnoses alone and ideas for at least an emergency treatment in many medical situations. Maybe because of that, it is part of the standard equipment of a lot of NGOs all over the world.
“Abgefahren“ by Claudia Metz and Klaus Schubert
A young German couple on the way to India in 1981 ... After reaching their planned “final destination“, they get the travel bug and go on ... to come back to Germany in 1997. The journey, the time-span, the creative and inventive use of their motorcycles (e.g. to power a raft on the Amazon river), and the encounters on the road simply are impressive. They now live in Tierra del Fuego on a farm.
"Africa Overland" by Christoph and Chino Bangert
War reporter and photographer Christoph Bangert travels around Africa in his Land Rover to escape from his experiences in Iraq and other conflict areas. The book is beautifully made, the photographs are impressive and together with the travel log extracts, it gives a wonderful overview on how transafrica can be. A really great book! Also see: http://africa.christophbangert.com
"Afrika – Unterwegs auf dem schwarzen Kontinent" by Sabine and Burkhard Koch
Sabine and Burkhard Koch travelled on African roads for three years and over 80,000 km. There are many travelogs on the market – this one is really worth buying if you want to get an impression on what you are going to expect “on the road“ in Africa.
"First Overland" by Tim Slessor
In 1955, six university students from Cambridge and Oxford set off from London in two Land Rovers for the “Oxford and Cambridge Far Eastern Expedition“. They reach Singapore six months and six days later, having a large amount of stories to tell and experiences to share. The book simply is an absolute must for any Overlander, especially if they have a Land Rover, it’s a real Overland-classic!
"Hinter dem Horizont links" by Christopher Many
In an old (and unlicensed) Scottish Land Rover, Christopher Many travels around the world for 3000 days and 200,000 kilometres. His experiences from Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa and Arabia are condensed in this book together with a lot of philosopical thoughts and comments on the political situation between May 2002 and September 2010. Christopher Many is a great vagabonding travel philosopher! This book really is one of our favourites!
"Meeting the Invisible Man" – Secrets and Magic in West Africa by Toby Green
Toby Green travels through West-Africa (Senegal, Guinea-Conakry, Guinea Bissau) because a Senegalese friend told him that there are “mystics who possess the secrets of how to become invisible and invulnerable“. On his quest to find one of these “Marabuts“, Green discovers a lot about humanity and West-African Culture. This book provides a deep insight into the West-African psyche and is a witty, exciting and honest, sometimes troubling piece of travel literature.
“Panamericana südwärts“ by Klaus Vierkotten
Petra and Klaus Vierkotten travelled the Panamerican Highway from Mexico to Tierra del Fuego in Argentina. They started in 2010 and finished their trip three years later after covering about 100,000 km. A really well-to-read travel log!
“Spark your Dream“ by Candelaria and Herman Zapp
In January 2000, Candelaria and Herman Zapp set off for a half-year-trip from their home-country Argentina to far-away Alaska in a 72-year-old car ... Today, more than 14 years later, they are still traveling. They were outward bound as a couple and now, they're together with their four children that were conceived, born and raised "on the road". See our review!