First State Overland started with an ember of wanderlust  and a simple travel blog in 2008, and has grown to an undying need for adventure.  Having been inspired over the years by other adventure travelers, FSO seeks to explore the world, one mile at a time, and share that experience, so as to inspire others.  

FSO has years of travel experience, overlanding, camping, outdoor living, and exploring under our collective belts.  In 2017, we will bring our adventures to the world with the first season of our overlanding web series:  The Northeast Expedition.  The crew is gearing up, the routes are being refined, and it's time to capture the freedom that these trips bring us so that we can share it with you.  Want to know more?  Send us a note on the contact page!  


Our Mission

Put simply, is to inspire others to chase and live out their dreams of seeing the sunset from a different location every day.  Tread lightly, learn about new cultures, and give back to the community along the way.  Travel.  Explore.  Live.  

FSO believes in (and follows) the principles of Tread Lightly.  

Travel Responsibly on land by staying on designated roads, trails and area. Go over, not around, obstacles to avoid widening the trails. Cross streams only at designated fords. when possible, avoid wet, muddy trails. On water, stay on designated waterways and launch your watercraft in designated areas.

Respect the Rights of Others including private property owners, all recreational trail users, campers and others so they can enjoy their recreational activities undisturbed. Leave gates as you found them. Yield right of way to those passing you or going uphill. On water, respect anglers, swimmers, skiers, boaters, divers and those on or near shore.

Educate Yourself prior to your trip by obtaining travel maps and regulations from public agencies. Plan for your trip, take recreation skills classes and know how to operate your equipment safely.

Avoid Sensitive Areas on land such as meadows, lake shores, wetlands and streams. Stay on designated routes. This protects wildlife habitats and sensitive soils from damage. Don’t disturb historical, archeological or paleontological sites. On water, avoid operating your watercraft in shallow waters or near shorelines at high speeds.

Do Your Part by modeling appropriate behavior, leaving the area better than you found it, properly disposing of waste, minimizing the use of fire, avoiding the spread of invasive species and repairing degraded areas.

“And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later”
— Randy Komisar

Why Overlanding?  And What is Overlanding?

Travel and exploration takes many different forms.  Scott Brady, from Overland Journal, puts it best when describing why you wouldn't just fly into a place.  He states that when you fly in, you're pretty much set in this scripted experience.  FSO couldn't agree more, Scott.  It's about the journey as much as it is about the destination.  To get out, to immerse oneself into different cultures and listen to the stories of people you meet along the way.  Whether it's a two day trip or a month-long expedition, it doesn't matter.  It's about the time you spend seeking out what you love to do and how much that experience enriches your life.  

Andrew St Pierre White tries to answer the common question of what is overlanding in the USA.  Check out his series below.  


"Maybe the journey isn't so much about becoming anything.  Maybe it's about unbecoming everything that isn't really you, so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place."