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Camping is a great way to reduce costs, especially when camping wild, that is not in a paid for spot. Free or wild camping requires some improvisation and can give you a sense of adventure.

Leave no trace

Leave no trace is a set of principles regarding responsible wild camping. In short it tries to preserve the outdoors for the current and next generation.

The most important ones to know and remember when camping are:

  • Take your trashes with you and dispose of them properly. It's very important to leave a place clean. Ideally cleaner than you found it.
  • Don't alter your camping place, for example by digging or destroying trees and branches
  • If you need to make a fire, minimise the impact of the fire.

Detailed information about these principles can be found all over the internet.

Legal free camping

Wild camping is legal in most parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Scotland and it's called "freedom to roam" or "every man's right". (add more countries?')'

In general, in Wales and England wild camping is tolerated (but still forbidden!) in open acces land, marked with a special symbol. Make sure to pitch your tent at least 1-2km from the nearest road.

The exception to this rule is Dartmoor National Park, where wild camping is legal within certain boundaries. Dartmoor did designate certain areas for wild camping.

Even in Germany wild camping is legal in specific places. The Saxon Switzerland National Park has a tradition called Boofen, which means you can pitch your tent at designated places inside the park. Mostly these are quite scenic locations under or between rocks, close to climbing areas. For a list of these places, see here (in German). Note that wild camping at other spots then these designated ones is strictly prohibited!

Illegal free camping

In Western Europe it's not legal to just put your tent anywhere. It's still very possible. Some tips:

  • find a secluded spot where you're not directly visible from the road or any houses
  • it's best to pitch your tent after dark
  • and break up your tent not too late in the morning

United States

boondocking.org offers a web application which will allow you to enter GPS coordinates for your favorite camping spots, and find spots near your current location. Combining a mapping program and a GPS, now you should always be able to find free camping on your favorite public or private lands.

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