Drive The Globe is an adventure travel company committed to planning and guiding unique vehicle-based expeditions throughout the world.
Develop, plan and promote expeditions that will meet or exceed our customers expectations for cultural exploration, adventure and challenge.
At all times endeveavor to ensure our clients safety while recognizing the environmental, cultural and social aspects of the world we visit and the people we meet.
If you are still reading this page you just might be our kind of traveller. The above lines were originally penned for a print ad, and we just can't think of a better slogan to describe what we represent and what our guests yearn for.
Young or old, from every walk of life, we all share the same desire for adventure. If you want to be part of a team rather than just a tourist, if you want to actively experience rather than just observe, if you want to live the dream then you are already part of our team. Join us for your adventure.
Michael Ladden and Paul Shumway founded DRIVE THE GLOBE | Overland Adventures in early 1996. The original concept- dreamed up one late night riding in the back of an old Land Rover- was to journey overland across Africa in Vintage Land Rovers. The objective: cultural exploration and the challenge of enduring one long ride. Trans-Africa Expedition Stage I was born and in early 2001 the dream was realized by 8 team members in 4 vintage vehicles.
The journey did not end there. Shortly after returning plans were underway for further adventures. Michael and Paul drew upon their vast experience traveling and arranging expeditions around the world to continue to position the company as a unique travel alternative for adventure hungry clients.
DRIVE THE GLOBE | Overland Adventures is currently organizing several unique expeditions; including Across The Americas, Trans-Africa Stage II, Round The World and Explore Newfoundland. Our focus has always remained the same. If you share our dream please join us for an adventure of a lifetime.
Pat Macomber joined the company as a Trans-Africa Expedition leader and has since served as the company's Treasurer and has been instrumental in planning many of our trips. Jim Leach came on board in 2006 and heads up our vehicle services department as well as serving as our sponsor chairperson.
So What The Heck Does Our Mission Statement Mean?
Drive The Globe | Overland Adventures was incorporated as an adventure travel tour operator in 1999. The roots of the company, though, can be traced back to our severe cases of wanderlust (between the founders, we have experience in more than 100 countries and all 50 U.S. states) and our desire to share our enthusiasm for self-drive adventure travel with anyone who’s adventurous (and crazy!) enough to follow.
Okay, so what is “self-drive adventure travel”? First, all our tours and trips are vehicle-based and are in groups / convoys. This means that you, as a participant, won’t be stuck in an uncomfortable bus or train seat waiting out the uncomfortable journey to the next destination where you’ll check into some nondescript hotel, eat unremarkable meals and then have to come home and pretend that you had a great time “experiencing” another culture. Rather, a Drive The Globe | Overland Adventures tour is an interactive experience where you’ll be driving a vehicle in a convoy, enjoying and experiencing the journey as well as the destinations you visit. How many times have you been on a train in a foreign country and said, “Gosh, I wish we could stop here!” That’s the difference! On a Drive The Globe | Overland Adventures trip, you can! In addition, driving in a convoy of smaller vehicles allows us to get off the beaten track and away from areas “that everyone’s been to.”
Secondly, we are not a bare bones tour operator, specializing in staying at $2-a-night hotels or spending every night, rain or shine in a small tent. Neither are we a “cost-is-no-object” champagne tour operator where you’ll stay at a western-style resort every time you stop and have all your meals prepared for you by a travelling kitchen. We describe ourselves as somewhere in the middle. Some nights you sleep in comfortable roof top tents and help prepare meals for the whole group. Other nights, you’ll be staying in the nicest hotel in a given city, enjoying excellent meals prepared by trained chefs. Lunches vary from terrace restaurants in Marrakech to street vendors selling chwarma in Fez. We strive to strike a balance between comfort, culture, experience and expense and enable you to have an adventure you’ll never forget.
Third, our tours are “interactive”. Some days, you’ll drive. Some nights, you’ll help prepare dinner. Other nights, you’ll help set up camp. And yes, some nights you’ll even have to help with the dishes. To us, adventure travel is about the experience — and what better way to truly experience something, than to be physically, mentally and emotionally involved!
Finally, we visit extremely cool places and do extremely cool stuff! Like what? Like hiking along the Falaise de Bandigara in Mali and sleeping on the roof of a Dogon family’s mud brick house. Like taking a camel ride into the deserts of southern Morocco. Like surfing in Mauritania and camping out on the beach, eating fish that some member of the group has caught for dinner. Do these things sound like fun to you? They do to us!
So what is Drive The Globe | Overland Adventures about? We’re about having an amazing experience and doing really fun stuff in incredible locations with cool people. To us, that’s what travelling is all about.
Just What Is Adventure Travel?
It’s easy to say that Drive The Globe | Overland Adventures is “all about adventure travel”, but have you ever wondered what the heck “adventure travel” means? It strikes us that many tour operators toss that term around without even defining what they’re talking about . . . For the record, here’s what Drive The Globe | Overland Adventures is talking about when we use the words, “adventure travel.”
Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines the terms:
Adventure: “an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks” and “an exciting or remarkable experience”
Travel: “a journey, especially to a distant or unfamiliar place”
So, Drive The Globe | Overland Adventures definition of adventure travel is:
A journey to an unfamiliar place, involving some risks and dangers that provides you with an exciting and remarkable experience.
To us, that’s what it’s all about — getting out of your comfort zone and truly experiencing the excitement that the world has to offer.
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