iOverlander is a mapping project started by overlanders Sam Christiansen of Song of the Road and Jessica Mans of Life Remotely. It began with the simple desire to combine many of the current overlander accommodation listings on the web. Of course, one thing turned into another, an iPhone app was born, and so was this website. We’ll be confined to spreadsheet no longer! This projects contributors number many more than just the founders. Many travelers have dedicated their time, ideas and most importantly their GPS coordinates. Thanks to all of you!
iOverlander’s mission is to support overland exploration of the world, while respecting local cultures, people and environments.
iOverlander is a tool, by and for overlanders, which enables its users to submit, amend and find information and opinions, primarily about places that are essential for the act of overlanding, and secondarily non-essential places that are of interest to a significant group of overlanders.
Wikipedia defines it best: Overlanding is self-reliant travel to remote destinations where the journey is the principal goal. Typically, but not exclusively, it is accomplished with mechanized off-road capable transport, where the principal form of lodging is camping, often lasting for extended lengths of time (months to years), and spanning international borders.
Our process: How did we get here?
Well, a lot of very long email chains. But we did have a plan from the beginning, this is how we started:
- Take existing overlander accommodation listings from the web and combine into one standard format.
- Make a browse-able online database that current overlanders can use to find places.
- Create a simple way to update and add reviews to each place.
- Encourage overlanders to track their trip, and add places and update exisiting information.
When creating a site like this, there are many things to consider. But every detail doesn’t mean a thing unless you know what is important to your project. These things are important to us. Of course this list isn’t complete, but these are standards we constantly remind ourselves of.
- There will always be a free version of this app for all users.
- The data is of the highest quality.
- The functionality is friendly for overlanders. It can be used and accessed in multiple ways and in multiple formats.
We’re not done yet!
iOverlander is a work in progress. It’s almost completely volunteer run by people who are usually living out of their vehicle in many parts of the world. It moves slowly, but with great intentions. See our list of what’s comin to know what we are currently working on implementing. If you have an idea that’s not already on our list, send us an email, or better yet offer to help out!