How to Travel Overland through Central America

How to Overland Central America – What to Know Before You Go

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I had the pleasure of chatting with Jason Moore over at the Zero to Travel podcast about how to overland Central America, where we discussed my and Andrea’s big road trip through every country in Central America last year, including touching base on what to know before you go, what to expect when you are on the road, and plenty more.

I must say, that trip was one of the coolest, most life-changing experiences I have ever undertaken. Going overland Central America isn’t for everybody, but if you’ve got a little bit of a spirit of adventure and don’t lose it when things don’t go exactly to plan, then you can probably undertake this trip.

You don’t need to be a professional adventurer, you don’t need to be an auto mechanic wiz, this is a trip that is undertaken by people of all backgrounds and abilities.

You can give it a listen through the embedded player below, give it a listen on iTunes, on Stitcher, or just download the episode directly.

Jason and I talked about the pros (and cons) of overland travel, what to expect on a road trip through Central America, some of my favorite gear on the road, some of my favorite resources to find camping, and a lot more:

  • How to unlock a hidden world of infinite possibilities during your travels
  • Another definition of dirtbag
  • Where to find ‘normal’ people that do overland travel
  • How to prepare your vehicle for overland travel
  • Precautions to take while driving in Central America
  • Primary benefits of overland travel
  • How to deal with car insurance
  • Best practices for cooking set up
  • How to develop an organized system for storage
  • General rules of the road for overland travel in Central America
  • Best recommendations for sleeping spots
  • The best amount of time to allow for a trip through Central America
  • A general daily budget you should think about
  • Hidden gems and unexpected surprises in Central America
  • Safety in Central America

Give it a listen and be sure to check out more of his episodes with other veteran travelers. 

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Author, Writer, and Head Honcho at Desk to Dirtbag
Ryan is an author, adventurer, perpetual wanderer, and self-proclaimed dirtbag (but that might not mean what you think). Originally from Seattle, he headed to Washington D.C. where he spent five years working for Congress before heeding the call of the wild. He set out truck camping to road trip across the American West. Since then he set out traveling to Colombia, drove across all of Central America, and also wrote a best selling book: Big Travel, Small Budget. He just finished driving his old truck across all of South America. Follow the adventures on social media or read more about me.

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