Overlanding is self-reliant travel, in remote places where the quality of the journey is the primary motivating factor. The key difference between overlanding and an expedition is that the aim of an expedition is to reach and conquer a destination, while the aim of overlanding is to conquer the journey itself.
Modern overlanding is associated with purpose-built off-road vehicles and epic exploration. The goal is to see and enjoy the journey, interacting with and enjoying the landscape and culture you experience along the way.
The term ‘overlanding’ has its origins in Australian cattle driving in the early 1900s, however, what we would class as overland trips had been undertaken in some of the earliest motorized vehicles in the late 1890s.
Perhaps one of the most famous early overlanding trips was that of Horatio Nelson Jackson. Jackson, on a $50 wager, set off from Oakland on May 23, 1903, in his Winton Touring Car with the goal of driving cross county to Vermont. 63 days later he reached New York becoming the first person to successfully cross the North American continent by automobile.