I look forward to our travel days because of podcasts, filling the miles with learning, inspiration, and perhaps a few true crime episodes. But every time I scour my podcasts app for overlanding content, I’m left wanting. So when Overland Journal released a podcast only six days before Christmas 2019, I didn’t have to look under the tree for my dreams to be fulfilled.
What to Expect
Scott Brady and co-host Matt Scott are five episodes in, and they’ve covered a tremendous amount of ground (pun intended?). To give you an idea of the content you should expect moving forward, here’s the slate of topics so far:
- Interview with Dan Grec of The Road Chose Me (Overlanding Africa)
- Interview with Clay Croft of XOverland
- Interview with Rob Boegheim of HEMA Maps (Overlanding Australia)
- The Top 10 Used Overland Vehicles for North America and beyond
- The 10 Commandments of Modifying Your Overland Vehicle
Overland Journal Podcast Hosts
Let me be clear. There is no substitute for experience, and these gentlemen have earned the scratches and dents to correlate with every piece of advice they give.
For those who are aren’t familiar, Scott Brady is the co-founder of Overland Journal and Expedition Portal. Behind the wheel, he has tackled the ice of Antarctica and Greenland, the isolation of Australia and Mongolia. All seven continents and three circumnavigations of the world.
Per the biography provided in episode notes, co-host Matt Scott is considered an expert in automotive adventure and overland travel specifically, with over 15 years of competitive auto racing experience.
Moreover, they’re gracious about their expertise. It’s clear in every episode, even the vehicle-centric ones, they care most about the overlanding experience and people who are involved in it.
High Water Mark
While ego can play in this industry, it doesn’t here. Brady and Scott are quick to point out the strengths of their guests, knowing strong character is essential for successful overland travel. I loved the episode with Clay Croft of XOverland, where maturity and teachability were extensively discussed as essential traits for expedition team members.
I also appreciate the repeated theme: get out there–don’t be distracted by the vehicle or gear you think you “need.” Spend more money on your travel than your vehicle. Micro adventures in your stock vehicle, and reflecting on the type of overlander you plan to be, will gradually reveal what is essential.
Though there doesn’t seem to be a consistent schedule yet, I eagerly await the next episode. The Overland Journal Podcast is interesting, inspiring, and very challenging as I personally prepare myself for worldwide overland travel. I look forward to female guests on the show, as there are many accomplished travelers to highlight.