COMING UP IN 1.06 | Even before I bought my 89 Pajero, I was browsing Expedition Portal. It’s a great community dedicated to the idea of overlanding. Overlanding is, to put it simply, exploring the world via land. For most, this means driving a 4- or even 6-wheeled vehicle, but there’s also plenty of people exploring on 2 wheels, including bicycles, and even on foot.
Our little blue planet is pretty incredible. We all have something in common. Overlanders get out into the world and explore, experiencing the richness of culture and humanity. Discovering the common ground bringing us together as human beings. What better souvenir is there than friendship?
If I’ve learned one thing in the short while I’ve spent casually lurking on ExPo, it’s that bigger-better-faster-more mentality is damn hard to escape – regardless what automotive pleasure you pursue. There will always be someone with a bigger turbo, a newer car, or a quarter-million dollar Unimog spending years driving around the world without worrying about time off or bills.
Fortunately, people like Chazz Layne exist, who remind us rewarding automotive adventures can be found right in our own backyards for far less money than we might have thought, given that bigger-better-faster-more mentality.
“Lured in by the excitement, fast pace, and freedom the IT industry appeared to offer,” Chazz spent a full 10 years before, as he put it, “I experienced a revelation in the form of (yet another) 2 am network-down emergency call—so much for freedom. I had missed the point, rallied against the wrong things, and in the process sold myself into the same slavery I was trying to avoid. It wasn’t the creative side of my heritage I needed to flee, but the self-inflicted bad stress that comes with trading your dreams for a career, never taking a break, and taking life so seriously you can’t enjoy any of it. As I’ve come to realize: you can always make more money, you can never make more time.”
Today, Chazz still dabbles in tech, even handling the odd outage now and again, but he’s primarily working in the creative space, building websites, developing branding/marketing programs, and combining his own words and pictures into poignant stories.
WHAT WE TALK ABOUT
- how he arrived at the decision to leave IT for more creative work
- what was easy and/or hard about that change (and why)
- turning midlife crisis into something more than a Corvette and a mistress
- how the dream evolves over time
- how vehicle-supported adventures click
- quick overviews of his Land Rover Discovery and Subaru Forester
- advice for those just starting out
- where he’s headed next
I hope you’re subscribed (or will subscribe) so you get the whole story in issue 1.06 (and help us show the world how much gearheads matter). In the meantime, you can find Chazz on ExpeditionPortal.com or his personal site, ChazzLayne.com, both of which have plenty of interesting things to explore.