Making Friends on the Road
Overlanding is never just about driving from A to B. It’s about staying in places, visiting sites, enjoying the outdoors, rough camping. Meeting people and making friends is a super important part of your overland trip. It’s guaranteed to leave you with the best memories of your journey. One thing we experience and continuously hear from other overlanders is how many kind, open, helpful and hospitable people there are throughout the world.
To share that beautiful part of humankind, we like to share some of these encounters here with you. Enjoy!
A list of popular books on overlanding by car or motorcycle: around the world, through the Americas, and in Africa, Asia and Europe.
Our stay in Komsomolsk-on-Amur is a great example why we enjoy Couchsurfing in Russia so much. A warm home, and wonderful hosts.
Overlanding with kids? Is that possible? Isn’t it dangerous? Iris and Ronald show us what a joy it can be to go overlanding with kids.
A new overlanders’ campsite on the crossroad of the overlanders’ route in East Russia, Ulan Ude: The Taiga Pitch Offroading Camp.
After one week in Vladivostok, everything fell into place to start a new phase of our journey with an off-road adventure in Russia.
Romance Factory in South Korea saved our day, our trip, and potentially lots of other vehicles – they fixed the car’s failing brakes.
Vladivostok: from a new, flashy and organized airport into maddening traffic, but most of all into the welcoming home of new friends.
What a journey it has been! 9 months, 11 islands, 12,000 kilometers from Kyushu in the south to Hokkaido in the north. We kept you updated through our ‘Where are … Read more
Originally published 2012 / Updated October 2017 I could have added this topic to the Frequently Asked Questions. People often want to know if companies are sponsoring us. However, I realized … Read more
I was giving up. I didn’t want to do this anymore. My clothes were soaked with sweat, my legs and arms covered in scratches from overgrowth taller than I was. … Read more
We are lucky to have a peek into the lives of the Mennonites in Paraguay, in a moderate community as well as a conservative community.
The Land Cruiser returned the factory where it was built in 1984: Toyota Auto Body, in Toyota City. Next, the Toyota Automobile Museum.
Peter Ivy is an American glassblower in Japan, running his own studio in Toyama. We were his guests and saw him work his art.
As we weave our way through urbanized Honshu, we stop in Hiroshima, make new friends and kill the clutch in the middle of the highway.
We hoped for magic things in our Land Cruiser’s country of birth, Japan, but this is beyond expectation. A look into 4Friendee Auto Workshop.
November 29, 2016. We make new friends, admire hellish-looking ponds, and have our first car accident in 13 years on the road.
When writing our last newsletter (Yes, I want to receive it too!) I was reminiscing about our 6-month stay in South Korea and started thanking people whom had helped us in … Read more
700+kms of hiking the Baekdu-daegan in South Korea, may be the most challenging yet inspiring way to travel here.
How a quick visa run to Tsushima Island, Japan, turns into a 24-hour, challenging trip due to bad weather, until you meet that angel.
One week of sightseeing Seoul: the Olympic Park, the Bongeunsa Temple, Royal Tombs, Korea’s National Museum and the Korean War Memorial.
Starting our Landcruising Adventure on a new continent, South Korea has the honor of being our first step in the Far East.
One of things that makes any journey to Venezuela unique is its incredibly kind, helpful and hospitable people…
Staying with indigenous people, welcomed in a workshop, invited to visit hatos and being part of one of the country’s biggest festivals. Yes, we like Venezuela.
The 120-km-long Vía Auca goes deep into the Ecuadorian Amazon. We indadvertedly leave the main road and meet the Huoarani indigenous people.
Our first impressions of Ecuador give reason for despair as well as hope. Who to blame for all the deforestation and can the damage be undone?
You think you need a 4WD to drive the Americas? Julie & J.B. show that you don’t.
Overlanding in Asia in a unique set of vehicles. Check them out.
After 4 extensive visits, totaling some 600 days we are leaving Brazil…
Sometimes we’re not in harmony with ourselves, each other, or our surroundings. And then, suddenly, everything changes…
We drive to the end of the world, meet Bertoldo and get landcruisingadventure.com in the air. How does that work?