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Adventure Bent joins the Overland Bound community

For some time, I’ve been looking for a great overlanding community that I could connect with.

I searched through the dozens of Overlanding forums, Facebook groups, subreddits and blogs, but hadn’t found one that I really liked

Then, I discovered Overland Bound. It’s a community based on the simple guiding principle, “Overlanding is a movement. It’s a lifestyle. It isn’t elitist, and it doesn’t matter what you drive. It’s for everyone who feels the call of the wild, and anyone willing to go find it.”

This resonated with me. I liked Overland because it catered to people of all walks of life, those with big budgets for grand adventures and those who are starting out and trying to learn more.

I’ll be the first to admit I’m new to overloading and at this point, my fascination is based solely on the accounts of others. My first trip (If you don’t count our road trip west) will be this summer along the Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail overland route.

On top of running a great ad-free forum, I’d really grown to enjoy their blog, podcasts and videos.

Overland Bound Website

Overland Bound is a novice-friendly community built around the simple principle of getting out there and exploring with what you have.

Their stories and videos often highlighted normal people that, who like myself, pursue overlanding as more of a hobby.

Finding good information was one of my first priorities when I started looking into various communities, blogs and forums. There are plenty of communities out there, but many cater to more experienced or affluent travelers and overlanders.

Expedition Portal and the Overlanding subreddit are great resources, don’t get me wrong, but they are already well established. I didn’t get the same sense of community in these groups. It often felt more like here’s the information do with it what you want.

Overland Bound’s mantra also lined up well with my belief that most of the high-profile overlanding rigs we see online are way overbuilt for the states.

Many of the member vehicle’s they highlight are ones you wouldn’t expect to see on an expedition.

Becoming a member

When I became a member of the Overland Bound community I didn’t just create an account in the forums, but that’s how Is started out. The majority of their forum is open to anyone who signs up for an account.

A membership unlocks perks like the member map and member forums. Oh, and you get a bronze membership emblem for your rig.

It also supports their operating costs, which must be substantial when you consider they aren’t running advertisements. (I wish we didn’t have to run ads to cover our operating costs too!)

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Please comment and share

So tell us in the comments section:

  • Are you interested in overlanding?
  • Are you an Overland Bound member?
  • What online communities do you participate in?
  • What overlanding resources do you enjoy?

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5 Comments

  • Customs -N- Classics

    Glad you found a place to join. I would imagine that the community feel is a pretty big draw, I would think that is where I would start, as well. Seeing normal rides is key to keeping the enthusiasm, as well. If you only showcase high end, super expensive, over built rigs, how does the guy with a slightly modified, or stock rig measure up.
    I am hoping to find a car enthusiast community like this, where it is geared to the normal guy who doesn’t have $100k to sink into a build, but, just wants to have a good ride that he/she built.
    (Maybe I am creating one.)

    March 16, 2017 - 1:40 pm Reply
    • tobiasmann

      I certainly think you are off to a great start creating a community. Your interviews are always a lot of fun to read. Everyone has to start somewhere and while building a rig is part of the experience it is only part of it. I think that if people get it in their head that they need this or that to be expedition ready, they will never actually do what they are preparing for. I ‘m really a fan of the modest builds that are easily attainable.

      March 19, 2017 - 4:16 pm Reply
  • usathroughoureyes

    This sounds like such a great site.

    March 16, 2017 - 3:22 pm Reply
    • tobiasmann

      I am enjoying it quite a bit. People are so excited to share their ideas and their adventures there. I think a community can only enhance the scope of our adventures. Thanks for checking in.

      March 19, 2017 - 4:17 pm Reply

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