Take a trip around the world from your couch with Last Overland

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Now that the holidays are around, many of us are traveling by car to see family. Any road trip that ends in the company of loved ones (and plenty of food) is something to celebrate. And in fact, we’re as much in love with the road as the vehicles that got us there—from the desolate landscapes of the American Southwest, to the Pacific Coast Highway, to the three Americas—North, Central, and South.

Even if you aren’t hitting the road anytime soon, you can still capture some excitement by witnessing bits and pieces of the “mother of all road trips,” undertaken by a crew that wanted to trace Sir David Attenborough’s 19,000-mile trail. Road trip from London to Singapore in a 1955 Series 1 Land Rover.

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Movie The Last Overland (2022)

As Expedition Portal notes, the road trip depicted in both the Attenborough documentary series, Travelers’ tales And a book by Tim Slessor First Overland It inspired the filmmakers of the upcoming series to complete the episode:

One of these travelers was filmmaker Alex Biscoby. While watching the BBC’s tribute to the First Overland’s 50th anniversary in 2005, Sir David Attenborough ruefully remarked that the London-Singapore flight was “a journey I don’t think can be taken again today”. The words stirred something in Alex, who contacted the eighty-six-year-old Slessor to recreate his first Overland expedition, this time from Singapore to London in one of his original 1955 Land Rover station wagons, the ‘Oxford’.

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The legacy of the Oxford and Cambridge Expedition continues with the release of a new multi-part series, Another Overland which chronicles the team’s journey across 13,000 miles and 23 countries, where nothing was ever planned from the start.

The travelers in the new series choose – whether boldly or foolishly – to take the long journey in one of the same Land Rovers that originally carried Attenborough and his crew on their journey. You can imagine that half the battle would be keeping the old rover viable, but, hey, that’s part of the romance in such a trip. The series hasn’t been released in its entirety yet, but it is said to be soon. That gives us enough time to catch up with the first overland route, before encountering the latter.

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