Here’s a quick little sampling of posts and an overview to get you up to speed if you’re new to Two if Overland.
Home Is Where We Park It
- Get To Know Our Off-Road RV
- Watch the ‘Ultimate Adventure Vehicle’ on YouTube
- Read our FAQs page for more
When we decided to establish a semi-permanent home base in Palmer, Alaska in 2018, we knew we needed something a little more comfortable economical, and purpose-built for long on-roads trips between Alaska and the lower-48.
This new truck will allow us to have the best of both worlds: A small home base in a community we want to add value to, and an adventure vehicle that’s big enough to support our hobbies and gear for extended travel, yet compact, nimble and just as weather-worthy to use in all conditions, on and off-road.
Sticking with GXV for the build, we picked up “Argo,” our GXV Turtle XL on a Dodge 5500 chassis in December, 2018. (Link coming soon).
Why Do We Travel?
VANdal, our sprinter van, was originally constructed for travel to races with Martin’s dog, Katie Lou, to save on hotels & restaurants while being able to get a good night’s sleep before a race. It became a perfect expedition vehicle for 2-3 month trips across the US. You can read about some of the trips by searching by “Destination,” “Adventures by Land,” or “Adventures by Water” from our home page. While the blog originally started as a meager personal travel blog sharing stories and pictures from our favorite destinations, it began to evolve into a resource for others who choose to live small, eat well and travel often. Here’s a few of our most popular posts to that end:
After 23 years in Sarasota, Martin had tired of Sarasota and longed for mountain life and cooler temps. In 2015, we toured the country on a mission to find a new place to live. Originally we were thinking that Portland or Hood River were perfect, but we quickly realized that we didn’t want to be in any single place 100% year-round. That’s when we decided to start researching a new mobile base camp that would be customized to the way we live, play and travel. Though the Sprinter was great for us for 2-3 month trips, we wanted to be able to live full time and go anywhere, on any road, in any country, in any weather condition. Here’s a little more about what we were looking for in a full-time expedition / overlanding vehicle.
Traveling full time gives us perspective, provides us with opportunities to see and do things we wouldn’t do otherwise, and exposes us to new vernaculars, new ideas, and new people. For us, traveling is not as much about “seeing” the world as experiencing it. We relish in sampling local cuisine, local beer, local farmers markets and local trails. We get a chance to visit and spend quality time with friends, new and old, from their driveways. We learn to appreciate how simple life can be when we are not tied to our “stuff” and the time-consuming demands of home. Through travel, we hope to find the places that keep calling us back, rather than settling on one place as a matter of convenience or obligation.