Originally published in 2014 / updated in February 2024
It all started with wanting to see our Dutch overlanding friends again from our Southeast Asia trip (2003-2006).
Between Turkey and India we had run into each other several times and whereas most of them had returned home after India, we had continued farther east. When we visited the Netherlands – during the first years this was around the Christmas holidays – we got together for a weekend and exchanged stories of the road.
This was so much fun that our get-togethers grew into an annual reunion.
From Meeting Friends to an Overland Event
If I remember correctly we started out with five or six couples. Each year we stayed at one of their homes for a weekend. But Coen got fed up with going to the Netherlands during the cold, dark days of the winter and suggested we moved our annual visit to spring instead.
And so, since 2009, we have yearly returned home for a visit in May/June.
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Being home in the month of May gave reason to the idea to go camping. We checked out campgrounds in various places in the Netherlands and Landgoedcamping Het Meuleman in de Lutte came out as the winner.
One of the main reasons to have the reunion here is because they allow us to camp in our cars/rooftop tents on the campground itself (contrary to most Dutch campgrounds, where you have to pitch your tent and leave your car in the parking lot).
As this was a group of people dedicated to overlanding, this was (and is) a big point.
The campground is a beautiful place in the middle of the forest in Twente, the eastern corner of the Netherlands, bordering Germany. Each year we can use a large area at the far end of the campground for this Overland Event.
For three years we discussed the location with the group, and three times we all opted for the same campground and so we decided to keep it that way.
Since space was no longer a limitation, we extended the invitation to all past, present, and future overlanders.
When is the Overland Reunion?
Choosing the date for this weekend depends on two things:
- When we are in the Netherlands, which is generally in May/June, which also happens to be the best time of year for camping (the occasional year that we aren’t home, the event will be organized us nonetheless).
- We can’t organize the reunion during Ascension-Day weekend (Hemelvaart) or Pentecost (Pinksteren) as the campground is booked with regular visitors and the campsite doesn’t have space for us.
- We will let you know the date through the Overland Reunion newsletter (sign-up at the bottom of this page).
- Generally we know in January/February when the Overland Event weekend will be.
How Does it Work?
Don’t expect a big organized event. It’s not. It’s a simple get-together of kindred spirits who want to share or gather stories and information on overlanding. The weekend runs from Friday to Sunday and it’s up to you how long you stay.
Some turn it into a long weekend, enjoying the beautiful forest and countryside (great region for hikers and cyclists, by the way). Others drop by for a cup of coffee on Saturday or Sunday, or for the BBQ on Saturday night.
- Everybody brings their own food and drinks, including a BBQ.
- We are NOT allowed to kindle a campfire (it is a protected natural environment).
- The campsite fee is around 29 euros per night for a couple and your vehicle. You’ll pay a different fee if you visit only during the day.
Registration is as follows:
- Sign-up through this form and you will receive an email with all relevant details.
For Whom is It?
The overland event is for past, present & future overlanders. The general idea is that we’re talking about long-term travelers (say six months or longer) by car/truck, motorcycle, bicycle.
We have singles, couples, and families.
So, are you interested, or do you know of anybody who might be interested, let us know or send them this blog post so they can sign up for themselves.
Join Us at the Overland Reunion
Interested in attending?
Through this link you can sign up for our upcoming Overland Reunion.
In case no date has been set yet, this link will allow you to register for our Overland Reunion Newsletter, through which we will keep you updated as soon as we have a new date.
We hope to see you there!