First Post for Overland Malta
Welcome to everyone who are reading this post.
This is officially the first blog post for this overland website and for 2018. First of all I hope everyone had a great end to 2017. Spending holidays with family and friends, and off to a good start in 2018.
The target of this website is as mentioned in the about page. It is to document the journey of building an overland vehicle and going on various overland adventures. It is also to assist anyone who is looking for more ideas. I am always on the lookout for better setups.
I will try and organise the posts in the following categories. My Overland Vehicle section will be regarding any projects I have on my own rig. There will be a section called Overland Vehicles from around the World. With the owners permissions, I will try and feature various rigs I see. Each and every rig is beautiful and unique. Then I will start posting on any overland adventures I manage to go, either with my rig or rented out rigs, split up by continent and country. Finally the last section will be exclusively on shows or expos relating to camping or overland that I manage to attend for you guys to get more ideas. Be sure to follow Instagram with the below link to get more regular mini updates on what is going on and some behind the scenes.
Introduction to Overland Malta
I firstly wanted to introduce myself to everyone. My name is Simon, and I work in the finance industry. I live in the small beautiful island of Malta. After quite some time contemplating about this website, and trying to research items for my own vehicle, I decided to open up this page for whoever, like me, is going through the process of having a vehicle, build it up and travel (hopefully the world) with it.
My passion from a young age was to experience new things. The new experiences that always stuck with me were always related to adventure and camping. Throughout my life I can say I tried various camping and adventure experiences in Malta and abroad. I managed to camp in very different scenarios and with different equipment. From comfortable mountain tents, to scouts/military tents, to the minimalist approach, just a sleeping bag or just sleeping underneath the car.
Over the past few years I was lucky enough to enjoy the experience of travelling. It quickly developed to road trips and overland. I drove an array of vehicles, through different countries and scenarios. Ultimately something struck me. Combining everything I love, adventure, camping, travel and road trips. That is my kind of overland.
So there I was, I decided to start by getting myself a vehicle. At the time, I was looking at a certain budget, had to have 4×4 capabilities, be comfortable to drive long distance and reliable. As an avid fan of old Top Gear, and from the special Top Gear – Polar Special, the Toyota Hilux Mk7 Invincible, was a definite contender. So I compared pick up trucks, Land Rover models and any other 4×4 model I could find. Ultimately I did decide, and settled for the Toyota Hilux Mk7 Invincible, which ticked most of my checklist.
As far as this first blog post goes, I wanted to keep it as a brief introduction of the blog, myself and the vehicle.
Next blog post will be regarding the research that went through Choosing an Overland Vehicle and will be posted 1st February 2018 @1800hrs. Through these posts and through research, I will be also mentioning any points that I learned after I made my choices, which anyone should consider before purchasing a vehicle. Make sure you follow the Facebook Page and Instagram for further updates.
I do hope that you enjoy the content and feel free to contact me through the Facebook Page or join the group related to the Facebook Page. I would appreciate if there is an open communication.