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    Hi guys.

    We have been on the road out of South Africa for a while now and back in town so want to get back into the local scene before we leave again.

    Thought you might enjoy this article I wrote for Expedition Portal in the USA. If not cool to post here please let me know and I will delete.

    https://expeditionportal.com/the-ove...SiE32JTfHvdbf0


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    Brilliant
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    Awesome. I follow you guys on Instagram too.
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    I see we also follow each other on IG. Recognized that rig.

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    So happy you guys enjoyed the article. True story, btw. After a few days in a house I begin to question my existence and have withdrawal symptoms!

    I can share other articles if you guys would like me to.

    I do not consider myself an "expert", the world has enough of those, but I have made enough mistakes for all of us so questions are welcome.

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    Yep, that overlanding article rings plenty of bells in my belfry........loudly!
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    When I started getting that hollow feeling in the chest and belly, I stopped reading. I want to stay sane for the moment....

    Please close this thread, it is bad for the health of multitudes of forum members. I confirms exactly what we have been thinking was wrong with us....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stan Weakley View Post
    Yep, that overlanding article rings plenty of bells in my belfry........loudly!
    Eish!! Stan I am with you on this and Estee I agree with your sentiments.

    In my mind there is no doubt whatsoever!
    IT IS AN ADDICTION.
    And, Oh man, am I having withdrawal symptoms ... seriously so!
    I am even gardening now, growing vegetables and most likely becoming one myself in the process.

    I SO miss those far away, bush, wild, generally or totally uninhabited (by people) places - remote, peaceful and with the most wonderful views of stars and galaxies that most folk will never get to see.
    I enjoy the hardship of the driving with a very old 4x4, I do not mind the basic living etc. Unfortunately current circumstances dictate otherwise.

    @ OP:
    You mention $ 2 000 pm as a reasonable budget and I would guess from own experience that you are almost spot on (Assuming those are USD) - in Africa I think you would get away reasonably comfortably, all things being relative, with (say) about $ 1 500 pm if not hiring vehicles etc. (Using old, well maintained basic vehicles) and not looking for luxuries.

    Unfortunately that is so far out of our budget now that we can no longer do it.

    Do I miss it. YEEESSSS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1949 View Post
    Eish!! Stan I am with you on this and Estee I agree with your sentiments.

    In my mind there is no doubt whatsoever!
    IT IS AN ADDICTION.
    And, Oh man, am I having withdrawal symptoms ... seriously so!
    I am even gardening now, growing vegetables and most likely becoming one myself in the process.

    I SO miss those far away, bush, wild, generally or totally uninhabited (by people) places - remote, peaceful and with the most wonderful views of stars and galaxies that most folk will never get to see.
    I enjoy the hardship of the driving with a very old 4x4, I do not mind the basic living etc. Unfortunately current circumstances dictate otherwise.

    @ OP:
    You mention $ 2 000 pm as a reasonable budget and I would guess from own experience that you are almost spot on (Assuming those are USD) - in Africa I think you would get away reasonably comfortably, all things being relative, with (say) about $ 1 500 pm if not hiring vehicles etc. (Using old, well maintained basic vehicles) and not looking for luxuries.

    Unfortunately that is so far out of our budget now that we can no longer do it.

    Do I miss it. YEEESSSS!

    PS:
    Been at home almost a year now - some kind of record since retiring.
    Hi Peter.

    First, forgive me if I break forum etiquette now and then (I think I might have done just that ), I do not spend much time on forums.

    Believe it or not Southern Europe is cheaper to overland than Africa in our experience, particularly France and Spain, Italy, Portugal and Greece. The food is cheaper and there are a million places where you can camp for free, safely, using the apps Park4Night and Wikiloc. And don't get me started on Turkey!

    We are a family of four and while we are very good at saving a buck (we buy only what we need and reuse, repair and recycle everything) we blow the budget on food and wine - our luxury. But, if we ate pasta or vegetables every night, drank water and smoked hand caught trout we could get by with a lot less. Our second largest expense is fuel usually but in Southern Africa we have found ourselves paying a fortune for camping if we are not far off the beaten track.

    We have a lot to re-learn about overlanding in Southern Africa, South Africa particularly.

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    Graeme please share the other articles you mentioned I would love to read them. We are planning to head out next year so I am reading everything I can find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanW View Post
    Graeme please share the other articles you mentioned I would love to read them. We are planning to head out next year so I am reading everything I can find.
    Here you go, this is another good one. Overlanding with Purpose.

    https://expeditionportal.com/overlanding-with-purpose/

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    When asked, I advise people considering a long overlanding trip through North, East and Southern Africa to budget something like 50-100US$ per day for man and wife combined, all told. A very rough estimate with many variables.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stan Weakley View Post
    When asked, I advise people considering a long overlanding trip through North, East and Southern Africa to budget something like 50-100US$ per day for man and wife combined, all told. A very rough estimate with many variables.
    That sounds about right. We have averaged $70 US a day all told for the last 2500 days, family of 4. I want a refund!

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    Oh bugger off, Graeme. Now I have to go and sit on the stoep in an icy wind just to re-acclimatise.
    (PS miss your articles from the Safarious days...)
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    Nice article Graeme.

    We do a few small jaunts through the year and a 3 week trip once year. We're planning to head to the USA for a 2 month trip through some of the western states (dates not yet set), so looking forward to picking up some tips from your articles. Thanks for sharing.

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    I now understand my problem...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Weaver View Post
    Oh bugger off, Graeme. Now I have to go and sit on the stoep in an icy wind just to re-acclimatise.
    (PS miss your articles from the Safarious days...)
    Haha, you have a stoep!?

    I will have to send some more over to Ant. West Africa took all my energy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Absie View Post
    Nice article Graeme.

    We do a few small jaunts through the year and a 3 week trip once year. We're planning to head to the USA for a 2 month trip through some of the western states (dates not yet set), so looking forward to picking up some tips from your articles. Thanks for sharing.
    Thanks man! West Coast USA is awesome. Forget the coastline rather stay inland. Baja Mexico is awesome as is Utah. Search BLM land on Google. I wrote an article about Overlanding the USA whi h I will share with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Absie View Post
    Nice article Graeme.

    We do a few small jaunts through the year and a 3 week trip once year. We're planning to head to the USA for a 2 month trip through some of the western states (dates not yet set), so looking forward to picking up some tips from your articles. Thanks for sharing.
    Pm sent.

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    Hi Graeme,
    Really enjoyed reading your article on Expedition Portal. So true!

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