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Overlanders' Handbook: Worldwide Route & Planning Guide (Car, 4WD, Van, Truck) Hardcover – 1 Mar 2011
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A must for any budding overlander --Land Rover Monthly, June 2011
Buy this book ... and turn your overland dream into a reality --Land Rover World, June 2011
Absolutely mandatory reading for anyone contemplating overland travel...Already a veteran? Trust me, you'll still learn something... --Overland Journal, May 2011
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Chris Scott and his band of globetrotting contributors and specialists have put together the definitive manual for planning and undertaking a vehicle-dependent overlanding adventure across the wilds of Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Overlanders Handbook is written in the same entertaining yet clear jargon-free English for which Chriss other books are known it doesnt assume you know your plug gap from a radiator cap.
Planning When to go; typical costs; documentation; sponsorship; early overland journeys.
Vehicle choice and preparation The Overlanders Handbook is the most comprehensive account in print, covering everything from adapting a cheap car to equipping a campervan or 4x4 for months on the road, or even building and outfitting your own accommodation module to mount on an all-terrain truck chassis.
Life on the road How to handle dodgy borders, haggle over a purchase, treat a dodgy stomach and cope with crazy driving conditions. Guidance on wild camping; navigation and mapping strategies; onward shipping; advice for solo women overlanders; travelling with children or with pets; vehicle repairs and troubleshooting; and off-road driving techniques.
Continental route outlines Guidelines on both popular and obscure overland routes through Africa, Asia and Latin America. Includes fuel prices, easiest borders and best seasons, visa strategies, danger zones and regional highlights.
Overlanders Tales Half a dozen accounts of global adventures lasting months or even years in vans, 4x4s and all-terrain trucks from contributors aged from 9 to 69.
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The book repeats the basics of the vehicular advice from Chris's Sahara Overland, 2nd Edition: A Route and Planning Guide (Trailblazer) but then goes into a lot more detail about fitting out a living area (including building a cabin on the back of a flatbed truck!). Also, the route planning advice is obviously different in this volume. If you're focussing on deserts, the Sahara volume may be more useful, but for most overlanding adventures, this book is the dog's danglies. Pearls of wisdom on every page, from the life-saving (take a first aid course before leaving) to the mundane but essential (don't park overnight near a mosquito-infested pond if you want some sleep!).
You won't go far wrong by following the advice of Chris and the number of other contributors in this book, who between them have encircled the globe multiple times, by car, truck and bike, and powered by petrol, diesel or in one case even used chip fat!
Since then I have spent many years driving round the world and now I no longer have to try and answer peoples questions. I just tell them to read this book.
Used more for reference once read but still really handy to keep close.
They have both consumed the thin, information-packed pages of this weighty little tome with, no exaggeration, glee.
Information is practical and covers just about everything you need to know as you prepare for a trip- and a useful reference to take with you too. All based upon sound experience and clearly presented.
An absolute must for anyone dreaming of taking the plunge, and their Landrover, on an expedition of a lifetime anywhere in the world.
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