Overlander of the Month for August: Lisa Perez

Overlander of the Month for August: Lisa Perez

by Stephan Edwards

One of the most amazing aspects of overland life is getting to know other like-minded adventurers. There are so many of you out there doing incredible things on the road, and we here at Overlander want to highlight travelers that have inspired you. As always, thank you for your nominations, and for helping to keep the inspiration in our traveling community on full boil. 

See you out there on the road!

Lisa and Michael Perez

Michael and Lisa Perez

The Overlander of the Month for August is Lisa Perez from Badland Expeditions! Lisa was nominated by none other than her husband and adventuring partner, Michael. Michael is a dedicated adventure nut, but Lisa took a little convincing to come around. However,
 after a few killer overland adventures to Canada's Arctic and the deserts of Utah, she’s already asking, “When’s the next one?”

"My wife Lisa was not a camper when we met 35 years ago. Life took us apart but we reconnected and married just three years ago. After our wedding, she agreed to an Alaska trip in our 1985 Toyota FJ60 Land Cruiser, and off we went for what was thought to be a six week trip than spanned 92 days and 13,000 miles."

"We drove to the Arctic ocean twice, and passed through Deadhorse and Tuktoyaktuk. Lisa was a real trooper, and when we finally got home she said, "where are we going next year?" Lisa was hooked. 2020 was supposed to be another Alaska trip but geopolitics got in the way, so we took off to Iowa, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, and Utah for 12 weeks and 7,000 miles. We completed the Magruder Corridor Trail in Montana and Idaho on that trip, and we learned that driving on one-track shelf roads was not her favorite thing! We are back at it this summer and just completed the Utah Backcountry Discovery Route. We are currently en route to Northwest Montana for some of Mother Nature's beauty and some fly fishing."

Desert scenery


As the late, great Marvin Gaye said, it takes two, baby. Getting out and exploring on four wheels is better when you can share the experience with your partner, your family, and your friends. Sometimes it takes a little prodding to get them to come along, but once they do, they’ll be explorers for life.

Toyota Land Cruiser


It doesn't hurt that Lisa and Michael have some pretty cool machinery to go exploring in, including that FJ60 (which they've since sold), and their current set up, a 100 Series Land Cruiser with a Mission Overland Trailer.

Let's keep the positivity going - we're now taking nominations for August! Both the winner and nominator will receive a $100 gift card to Overlander.com

Who will you nominate? Enter here.


2 Responses

Mike Epp
Mike Epp

September 05, 2021

Mike and Lisa Rock!!

Kristi Van Laere
Kristi Van Laere

September 05, 2021

I nominate Lisa Perez! Lisa is a trooper, loves traveling and the Overlander lifestyle! On one of Lisa and Mike’s adventures we were fortunate enough to be on their route. High school buddies reconnected and Lisa and I are quite the pair! Our entire family was enthralled at the traveling equipment. If there is a camping gadget I’m sure the Perez’s have it.
Lisa went from city life and adjusted well to her newest love, that of her Overlander adventures with her husband💕
Way to go girl!

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