The Best Ways To Go Camping Around The World
Camping is a unique option for both the more adventurous travellers or for those camping as beginners. It’s extremely popular among backpackers in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, but can be found in most countries around the world. While campgrounds are certainly the most common way to camp, some hostels also offer the opportunity to camp in their yard. As long as you have a tent, you’ll pay a fraction of the normal hostel fee and still have access to their bathroom and kitchen facilities. If you’re travelling long-term and really want to budget, this is something worth looking into. In some countries such as Australia, it’s also popular to just camp in your vehicle in designated areas. When I was in Australia in 2009, we just parked our vehicles on the sides of roads and slept but I’ve heard the police are clamping down on this.
There are also plenty of free campsites around the world. These sites usually have no amenities whatsoever, which is why they are free so make sure you have your camping essentials with you. Back in 2011, my wife and I camped for free at the Grand Canyon at one of these free sites.
If staying in your car or in a tent is not of interest to you, maybe you should consider buying or renting a campervan or doing some wild camping in a motorhome. These come in all shapes and sizes ranging from normal-sized vans to full-sized motorhomes. In my experience, buying some sort of camper van in places such as Australia are great value for long-term trips and very popular. If you’re only visiting for a month or less, renting is likely your best option but if you’re staying many months, consider buying one and selling it when you’re finished.
The Best Websites For Camping Around The World:
Free campsites across the United States of America.
This site will help you find campgrounds in Europe.
Free campsites in Australia.
Camping information for Canada.
Camp in my Garden
Find people who are willing to rent you their garden as a campground. Most properties are in the UK.
Hipcamp is a new website that makes it easier to book campgrounds and private land around the United States.
If you choose to buy a campervan or any other vehicle when you travel, there are a few things you can do to ensure your purchase works out for you on the road, and when you come to sell. First, a pre-purchase inspection is essential. Never buy without having first seen the vehicle yourself and consider having it inspected by a reputable auto mechanic if you’ve no idea what to look for. Make sure that every element of the vehicle functions as it should and don’t negate to check things like the fridge, shower, and battery charging facilities should the camper have them. If you plan to free camp without hooking up to electric mains you’ll need to make sure that the alternator charges your house batteries while you’re driving. There are a number of ways this can be done, but be sure to ask the current owner to explain the specifics of the camper you intend to purchase.
Second, research the market. Spend time scouring the online auction sites for vehicles of a similar age and condition to the one you intend to buy. Look at the average asking price, and then compare it to the actual selling price the owner received. Compare those figures to the current sale price of the vehicle you intend to buy. You want to agree to a price at the lower end of the average selling price, this will increase your chances of recovering your initial investment when you come to sell after your road trip, and could mean that you’ll make money should you be able to sell for a higher price.
Lastly, consider the time of year you intend to buy and sell. If you can buy during autumn and early winter, you’re likely to pay less than during spring when buyers flood the market inspired by the idea of camping holidays over the forthcoming summer months.
Do you have any other tips or websites for camping around the world? Please share in the comments so I can update the article!