Overlanding, according to “Overland Journal“ is described as “self-reliant adventure travel to remote destinations where the journey is the primary goal.“
Reaching these destinations can be fulfilled by foot, horse, bicycle, motorcycle or car and maybe other means of travel as well. The additional goal for us and many fellow overlanders is to experience the people, nature and cultures and learn about different ways of living. Naturally, you can’t experience this where all the tourists go and you also can’t experience this if you travel in a large group!
Whereever we go, we stick to roads or tracks (even if they don’t look like that or have long been abandoned) and we stick to the idea to “tread lightly“, i.e. to take care of the environment and leave nothing but footprints.
The term Vagabonding was created by Rolf Potts and is “about taking time off from your normal life ... to discover and experience the world on your own terms. ... Not just a plan of action, vagabonding is an outlook on life that emphasizes creativity, discovery, and the growth of the spirit“. Long-term travel, according to Potts is not “an escape but an adventure and a passion – a way of overcoming your fears and living life to the fullest.“
In our normal lives, most things, actually are controlled by the unconscious. Think about, for example, driving a car: most of the actions necessary to do it, just happen unconsciously. Only when something unexpected happens, consciousness takes over and we start to pay attention. Most tourists want to relax in their holidays and want everything to be pre-planned and more or less just like home (sometimes, only the climate is different). Slow Travel is consciously going out into the unknown, taking time, letting things happen and actually enjoying travelling without the plan to reach a certain place.
Nomadism and Nomad(s), for us are the nouns that best describe an archaic, close-to-nature travellers’ lifestyle which is not bound to a certain place. Daily routines like setting up camp, cooking or taking care of the vehicle (or animals etc.) are naturally distributed among the family members, which can be a great opportunity to learn how to work together as a team and giving children the chance to take over responsibility, which they normally don’t have in our post-modern culture (if you want to know more on the topic of children, traveling and education, please see the article we wrote for Expedition Portal).