GHT Overland - The Overlanding, Adventure Travel Podcast

GHT Overland Podcast

The GHT Overland Podcast is a podcast devoted to sharing the stories, along with the vast experience of Overlanding Adventure Travelers around the world. Enjoy stories from adventure travelers of all types. From the large MAN trucks to moto, Chris and Lisa interview full time overland travelers as they prepare to escape into their own full time travel. Subscribe now for stories of adventure and travel from those who have tackled the backroads of Alaska to New Zealand. It’s Awesome!
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Alaska Overlander - 4X4 Rental in Alaska
May 19 2022
Alaska Overlander - 4X4 Rental in Alaska
Episode #121 - Craig and Brook of Alaska Overlander launched their full-service overland adventure business in the midst of the covid pandemic, providing fully kitted out overland vehicles for rent. As many small family run business go, they started off small with only two vehicles. With the success of their business and popularity of overland travel, they now have nine vehicles in their fleet for your next Alaska adventure.It’s strikingly obvious that Craig has years of experience in the hospitality and tourism industry. Everything about Alaska Overlander speaks volumes to the amount of thought and organization that makes up Craig and Brooks business. As simple as their ultra organized instagram account, to every question we asked, Craig had a solution.If Alaska is on your bucket list, a call, email or DM to Alaska Overlander should be your first stop. The savings in fuel cost just to get to Alaska, to the more important; saving of time! Time is that one thing we never get back, and rarely have enough of. A flight to Anchorage with a backpack of outdoor clothing is all it takes. Allowing more time to explore the rugged beauty of, arguably the most desirable state to explore, Alaska!Alaska Overlander rents mostly Toyota platform rigs, built fully in-house with their partner Total Truck Alaska. They can also help with route planning, activity recommendations, while being a valued resource for other Overlanders from bikes, EarthRoamers and MAN sized rigs.Website: www.alaskaoverlander.comPhone: 907-202-0481Email: craig@alaskaoverlander.comInstagram: @AlaskaOverladerFacebook: @AKoverlander
Overland Adventure Travel with Victor from Hallmark Campers
May 12 2022
Overland Adventure Travel with Victor from Hallmark Campers
#120 - Full Time Overland Travel! Those few times in our lives when our biggest dreams and goals come to fruition. All the planning, all the little hurdles along our paths of accomplishing mini goals along the way. For us it’s been a blend of surreal, a little frantic, along with a trifecta of snow, wind and hot dry dusty days. Complimented with unbelievable scenery, desert flowers of shocking beauty, sunrises, sunsets, followed by clear night sky we’ve not enjoyed for years. We’re more than delighted to share with you our new home on wheels after a roller coaster ride of small amounts of panic last December. After a little shy of 1,300 miles from Portland Oregon to Fort Lupton Colorado, we took delivery of our new pop-up truck camper, the Hallmark Victor! Hallmark is re-introducing this classic floor plan they first released in 1968. The primary distinction between the Victor and their other models is the dinette. The Victor features an East & West dinette, where all their other models are a North / South layout. The much larger table was the winner! We have two separate ways to position the table, with an added bonus of putting the table, in what we refer to as “Night Mode”. This is removing the table top and placing it against the sink side of the camper, basically making it disappear. In Night Mode we have a plethora of floor space, making it much easier to enter and exit the bed, or just allow two people plenty of room without bumping butts. See our website at GHTOVERLAND.com for more detailed show notes.
Destino Ushuaia
Mar 31 2022
Destino Ushuaia
#117 - The “Panamericana” explored with a little minivan through 17 countries and 70,000 Kms from Alaska to Patagonia.Bérangère and Jorge of Destino Ushuaia are two marketing professionals that traveled the west side of the Americas (aka the Panamericana) for 18 months beginning in June 2018 through Dec. 2019. Bérangère (French) and Jorge (Peruvian/Italian) are two really easy going humans that met in New Zealand in 2015 during their Working Holiday visa experience after having traveled in South East Asia for a few months on their own. Their life as soulmates started there, and all related adventures. First, doing a road trip in the South island of New Zealand, then backpacking between Peru and Bolivia for three months in 2016. Subsequently, they relocated to Vancouver (Canada) where they started a new life. Jorge had a dream of pursuing the Panamericana and to his delight Bérangère supported his dream as they started planning and preparing themselves for overlanding the Pan-American. After about a year of research while working two jobs to save enough money, they executed a plan that would send most people back to the safety of a comfortable couch.They sold their beloved “Torito” in Santiago de Chile after completing around 60,000 km of the Panam together, and continued their adventure backpacking! All in all, they finally reached their ultimate destination of Ushuaia in December of 2019 via a blend of their little mini van, by bus, hitchhiking, and a quick plane ride to Buenos Aires. More Details Available at: www.GHTOVERLAND.com
The Overland Embassy
Mar 17 2022
The Overland Embassy
Episode #116 / Logistics - Full time overland travel has all its amazing views and experiences after you’ve accomplished some kind of planning and preparation. In this case you’re most likely far beyond the dreaming, the packing and all the preliminary stuff. At this point in your overlanding trip you’ve probably spent months on the road becoming a “seasoned overland traveler”. Or you may be like us doing your final planning for what’s sure to be a Darién Gap sized logistical challenge that’s a little unsettling to leave for last minute “figuring out”. How on earth are you going to find the right people, at the right time, and not be hosed on the expense of shipping your overland vehicle from Panama to Colombia? Do you know all the little tips and tricks to making sure your precious home on wheels arrives on the other side in the same condition you left it in? Do you need a full container, a shipping buddy, roll on roll off, a crate built for your bike, are all your valuables that are too big to carry with you properly secured…? The list goes on and the list includes things only the most experienced overland travelers think of. The first thing to keep in mind is you will eventually figure it out, so remain calm :) Although we don’t plan to hire, or pay for many services or “fixers” this is one of the few services we will unquestionably be using. There’s just too many details to know and shipping people to work with without a trusted middleman who has your best interest as his only interest. With a Five Star rating on Google, and with several of our past guests using his services, Alejandro of The Overland Embassy is the man to hire for your logistical and shipping needs from, or to Panama. In this episode we talk with Alejandro about The Overland Embassy, all the details on shipping and the services The Overland Embassy provides (which is a lot!). We also learn about he and Ana’s overland trip from Panama to Alaska that includes great stories of adventure, and overcoming many challenges of getting bogged down, however always coming out the other side stronger and more resilient (much like you will).
The Vandersons
Mar 3 2022
The Vandersons
Episode #114 - An unquenchable thirst for adventure clearly runs through the veins of so many of us. Emily and Danny are no exception! After 3 ½ years of Full-Time Overland Living and 11 Countries, there’s a lot to learn from Emily and Danny, popularly known as The Vandersons.After building out their 2015 Promaster 2500 they took a similar approach to launching their overland travel adventures as we plan on. Getting warmed up and working out the bugs in the comforts of your home country. Then embarking into the Alaskan wild frontier driving the Dalton highway to the Arctic Circle.Following a chilly dip in the Arctic Ocean it’s a bone chilling u-turn, heaters on high and locked in on a somewhat permanent southernish bearing. After many challenges doused with countless epic views and adventures, we finally caught up with these two as they crossed the border from Colombia to Ecuador.In this episode Emily and Danny openly share their experiences through stories chock-full of overland travel knowledge gained from thousands of miles traveled as overland explorers, van life enthusiasts and as we say; salt of the earth good people.Website: @the.vandersonsYouTube at: The VandersonsVehicle: 2015 RAM Promaster 2500 / High Roof / 159”Van Name: AppaFuel Capacity: 22 Gallons at 14 mpsRange: Roughly 300 MilesWater & Filtration: 21 Gallons / no onboard filtrationSolar: 200 WattsBatteries: Sealed Lead Acid with 310 AhFridge: 50 Liter DometicA/C: 2 Rooftop Fans with 7 additional axillary fansHeater: Webasto Gas HeaterFavorite Meal: Tortilla PocketsCell & Internet: SIM Card per Country / Google Voice parked number / WhatsApp + Google FiNavigation: iOverlander / Waze / Maps.meShower Situation: Gyms in the USA / Rivers, Waterfalls, Hostels…Toilet Situation: Gas Stations, Hostels and Campgrounds with an emergency bucket and a shovel…www.GHTOVERLAND.com
Monkeys On The Road
Feb 18 2022
Monkeys On The Road
Episode #112 Monkeys On The Road / A Family Overland AdventureImagine this: You’re on the overlanding trip you’ve dreamt of for years. You're roughly two and half years into your epic overland adventure when you start to hear about corona-virus. The country you're in closes its borders, and sets stringent rules and a curfew. Now what! What do you do? How do you react? Do you book a flight home during the small available window of time, for $1,000 plus per seat, as everyone goes into panic mode? Or do you hunker down and make the best of where you're at?As life presents its unending challenges with required decision points; It’s your turn to decide. You now need to decide what to do, and decide how to roll with the punches. It’s all part of life, and it’s surely all part of overland travel. This week's guest on the GHT Overland Podcast is author Mary Hollendoner. Mary wrote a book about their Pan American experience with her husband John and their daughter Lilly. Mary’s style of writing draws you into their trip as if you’re right there with them. Holding your breath as John is ripping hissing batteries from the van. Frustrated alongside her as she explains border crossing tribulations. Laughing as she describes preparing for border crossings, and in Lisa’s case, crying within the first two chapters. We encourage you to order Monkeys On The Road as a must have book on adventure and a gem of a book to reference for your overland trip. As an extra awesome treat, Mary’s husband John Stanfield wrote and produced a song inspired by their trip. Actually he wrote a few songs! At the end of this episode we are treated to a song by Mary's husband. A song inspired a couple years into their Pan American trip around Peru. It's magical to hear a song specifically inspired by overland travel on the Pan American route! *Closing song credits to: John Stanfield
Tim and Kelsey of Dirt Sunrise
Jan 27 2022
Tim and Kelsey of Dirt Sunrise
Episode #111 - Meeting Tim and Kelsey in person is like reuniting with old friends, even when it's for the first time. It's not often such awesome people cross paths with you, and although it seems to happen more often in the Overland world, Tim and Kelsey are clearly extra awesome. Humble yet bubbling over with an energy for life, you know overlanding is good for the soul.After meeting up at the NW Overland Rally in 2019, they soon returned to South America to finish their overland adventure to Ushuaia. In this episode we talk about what it was like to reach such an epic destination, their return home as COVID set into our lives, along with their drive North to Prudhoe Bay Alaska. Of course we cover their decision to sell Goose, along with some great insights on their new rig, Dusty.Enjoy this episode packed with positive energy, insights and stories from one of our favorite overlanding couples in the universe!Dusty: 1990 Toyota 80 Series - HDJ80 with a Maltec rear living quartersHolds 65 gallons of diesel getting 18-24 MPGWater Capacity: 20 gallonsFridge: 45 literLaundry: mostly doing it by handCell Service: primarily Google FiA few Favorite PlacesBajaArgentinaBoliviaFinance Insights / Thoughts$800 a month being conservative and not driving much.$3000+ a month when shipping.Total Pan American historical average cost is known to be around $25,000Fun Fact: Route Dependent the Pan American Highway is 18,640 - 30,000 miles. Explorers like Tim and Kelsey put on over 100,000.Safety Recommendation:Have Paper and Digital duplicates of EverythingHave a second hard drive backup of everything kept in a separate place
Eva Rupert - Overland Expo
Jan 20 2022
Eva Rupert - Overland Expo
Episode #110 - Overland Expo 2022 and Eva RupertOverland Expo has been at the top of our list for many years. Constantly hearing from so many overlanders how valuable the classes are and how amazing the experience is meeting so many amazing, like-minded people. Meeting up with old friends, while forging new, possibly life-long friendships at Overland Expo seems to be the recurring theme. Being introduced to Eva was one of those moments! Like a shot of espresso with a beautiful bouquet of wildflowers.From her outlook on life to her contagious energy, Eva Rupert is everything we imagined about Expo with a double shot of awesomeness! This episode is a real treat as she shares her experiences of overlanding, along with her love for moto, good food and all the greatness you can look forward to at Overland Expo 2022.Overland Expo West in Flagstaff Arizona May 20 - 22, 2022Overland Expo PNW in Redmond Oregon July 8 - 10, 2022Overland Expo Mtn West in Loveland Colorado August 26 - 28, 2022Overland Expo East in Arrington Virginia October 7 - 9, 2022In this episode you will learn about Eva’s experiences (x3) on Discovery Channel’s Naked and Afraid, to her inside tips on Moto Adventure Travel, along with a few tips on “Gas Station Gourmet''. We hope you thoroughly enjoy this one! Be sure to share the episode with those who enjoy adventurous overlanding travel, along with those who need to break away from city life and too much “screen time”.Key Takeaways:Zero Degree Sleeping BagTherm-a-Rest Z RestHave a good Tool Kit with the Knowledge to use it!Gourmet without dehydration - Listen at 21:38Always have a rock solid knife!Carry a Large Scarf (example 6’ x 4’)Fear is mitigated by knowledge and experienceFavorite Places: Southern Arizona & BajaInvest the full weekend at Expo, taking the available classes!
Outdoors Bae
Dec 30 2021
Outdoors Bae
Episode #109 When asked "what advice would you give your five year younger selves" Courtney and Tyler nailed it with perspective and an appreciation for life that's always refreshing; "Enjoy your Life". As many of us do, we fall into the status quo, following the footsteps of our parents or those we look up to. Getting a "Good Job", marriage, a dog or two, then children; generation after generation. For some of us it takes years, sometimes decades before we come to the realization Courtney and Tyler have, early in their marriage and early in life. To Enjoy Life your way, go do all those things you spend hours thinking and dreaming about, but do it now.This week's episode is a perfect example of what can happen when you build on your strengths, remove the unnecessary clutter, along with all your other treasures that no longer serve you in pursuing your dreams. As Tyler points out; be smart with a budget and stick to it long term, it will payoff. This is so very true, and probably beyond what most people are willing to get truly serious about. A cruise through all our past guest will reveal a dirty reality; almost every guest has explored their chosen parts of the world in an older, dirty, not perfectly equipped vehicle. Additionally; when asked "what would you change about your current setup, not one guest has said they wanted to swap their vehicle out. Instead, they're out enjoying life with Tenacity and Love. This episode is a fantastic look into how Courtney and Tyler became Outdoors Bae, creating opportunities for themselves that laid the foundation to "Live a Good Story". Another great quote from this interview as we dive deep into how anyone can start planning and creating a nomadic lifestyle. From downsizing all their belongings, running their business on the road, and recently setting roots with a new land purchase in Arizona, it’s a fun episode we think you will get a lot of value from.Be sure to follow Courtney & Tyler on Instagram at @outdoorsbae