I just thought of an idea that camping in Europe could be a good choice for traveling on a shoestring, because countries in europe are generally developed and safe, and expensive. I also found some website about camping there, France for example, the price for a night is around 5 euro ( an attractive price compared to hotels, even hostels ). I don't know much about it though. I am wondering how is that working, does it mean that I can bring my tent and sleep there? How about water and electricity? Are they easy to find?
If you know something about camping, feel free to tell me.
Just take a tent and sleeping bag and go there. Camping in France is the best as they have so many campsites and at a very high standard. I love camping as you get to meet even more people than in hostels. Most French campsites have water and electricity on site. Most also have supermarkets, swimming pools, bars, restaurants etc etc.
thanks, that sounds great. How about transportation? Is it easy to go around without a car? For backpakers.
Hi Paul. Camping in Europe is indeed a good option if you want to go cheap. 5 euro is indeed cheap but for this price you only get with farmcampsites (without the luxury of say 4 or 5 star campsites). These campsites are often hard to find and mostly (obviously) in rural area's. But they always have the basic facilities (as in toilets and showers). If you want to camp in or near a big city (like Paris) you pay double or triple this amount.
Camping is a cheaper option to that of hostels but you still have transportation costs into the cities to consider and waiting around for buses/trains to take you there and back. I find this a bit limiting.
You could also check out couchsurfing.com if you're on a shoestring budget.
[ Edit: Edited on 12-Feb-2009, at 02:18 by Jimix ]
thanks for the advice and website.
It's been a great help. I think maybe I could combine hostels and campsites to save money.