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In this episode of the Budget Overland Podcast, Benji and Jay have a great conversation with Makoventure! Austin and Ashley, full-time overlanders from Alaska currently looking to conquer the Pan-American Highway in our 1982 Toyota Chinook resto-mod.
"Completed a full, frame-off, restoration on our Toyota Chinook. We combined a 1978 Chinook shell, with a 1982 4wd chassis and the drivetrain from a 1999 4runner. Compiled a savings that would allow us to quit our jobs (heavy equipment mechanic and field technician with Alaska Fish and Game) and travel overland for two years. Displayed our vehicle in all three Overland Expo DIY showcases. Featured on Expedition Portal. We are, as always, working to improve our vehicle as we go, right now we are building a bumper storage box and trying to integrate a snorkel."
In this episode of the Budget Overland Podcast, Benji and Jay have a great conversation with Aaron Ridley.
Aaron Ridley has had a camera in his hands since he was a kid, teaching himself the craft from the bottom up over the years. He is now a photographer, filmmaker, and adventurer based in central New Mexico. He’s spent most of his life with the clear skies and purple mountains of the southwest.
Driven by the desire to travel and explore the outdoors, he pursues his overland build, a 2003 Nissan Xterra that he’s been gradually adding to for the past two years. With 20,000 miles and counting, Aaron and his wife Taylor seek to sample all that they can.
Aaron and Taylor have been married since 2018. Having started with very little, they have built a life full of fun and adventure through careful planning and the support of close friends and family.
Aaron has been documenting his adventures since 2019. Sharing his experience and knowledge both on YouTube and Instagram, he hopes to inspire other people to get out, travel, and experience life.
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In this episode of the Budget Overland Podcast, Benji and Jay talk about the items we take on out overland trips and why they are important to us. We talk about our favorite gear, safety and recovery essentials and put together a checklist so you don't forget those important items on your next adventure!
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