Since we are getting a lot of questions about where to sleep while road-tripping, we decided to post a short clarification  about camping outside campsites. While wild camping in most countries isn’t allowed, it is widely practiced and tolerated. Bear in mind that wild camping calls for spontaneity and that most of the time you will not be able to open the roof tent but will have to sleep in the van. By other words: wild camping means sleeping at different places every day — if that is something you don’t mind then you will definitely find your way around it.

How to find a good spot?

  • move away from the pop­u­lar touris­tic spots or nation­al parks (that usu­al­ly close at night and are cir­cu­lat­ed by rangers);
  • check google earth to see where you are and where the roads are going. Olive groves are pret­ty nice, pull-in/pic­nic areas on pass­es always have stun­ning view. Ruins, old church­es and cas­tles are a good choice as well;
  • if there’re locals around, ask them, if it would be ok to stay for the night. It is not sel­dom to get invit­ed to locals’ homes and get offered to park in their yards;
  • if you are eat­ing in a restau­rant, don’t hes­i­tate to ask the staff if you can sleep over on the park­ing lot, espe­cial­ly if you have been drink­ing.

DO’S AND DONT’S

-  Nev­er sleep in nation­al parks

-  Set up camp late and leave camp ear­ly

-  Fires are gen­er­al­ly a no-no. Please cook on your cook­ing stoves.

-  Leave no trace. Your site should not be an obvi­ous camp­site the next day.

Coun­tries where wild camp­ing is tol­er­at­ed: Alba­nia, Mace­do­nia, Mon­tene­gro, Koso­vo, Ser­bia, Turkey

Coun­tries where you should be more care­ful:  Croa­t­ia and Slove­nia

Coun­tries where wild camp­ing is not tol­er­at­ed at all: Italy and Aus­tria

So, to con­clude — just because wild camp­ing is “ille­gal” in some coun­tries, it doesn’t mean that it is not doable. We have all slept all over the place (includ­ing not-so-wild places like city park­ings or streets). If you are dis­creet and respect­ful, no one is like­ly to both­er you. Even if the police do come, they will prob­a­bly just tell you to leave. How­ev­er, keep in mind that you are risk­ing a fine — so it is up to you to decide whether it is worth it or not!