Overlanding can be as expensive or inexpensive as you want it to be. This is part of the beauty of self-sustained travel and adventure. You get to decide the journey.
Depending on the level of equipment and vehicle you have and your travel itinerary. Some of the expenses associated with overlanding include:
- Vehicle purchase or rental: Buying or renting a suitable vehicle can be one of the most significant expenses. 4x4 vehicles are typically more expensive than 2wd vehicles.
- Upfitting and modification: Many overlanders choose to outfit their vehicles with camping and other gear, as well as make modifications for off-road travel. This can add up quickly.
- Fuel and maintenance: Traveling long distances and off-road can take a toll on a vehicle, increasing fuel and maintenance costs.
- Camping and accommodation: If you plan to camp at official campsites along the way, you'll need to budget for camping gear and campsite fees.
However, it's also possible to overland on a budget by selecting less expensive gear, camping and cooking your own food, and planning your route to avoid high-cost areas. It's also possible to rent or buy a used overlanding vehicle, which can save a lot of money.