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1. Posted by allanb (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

I read a very old thread about wild camping and don't agree it cannot be done in Europe. Over the years I have done so in most European countries and never had a problem. The reason I find it easy is most of the time no one knows I am there and when I leave no one knows I have been there.

I pick spots that are quite secluded, usually arrive late and leave early, don't make much noise, then I take my rubbish with me.

1. I have pitched my tent in many countries, once on a building site (it was pitch dark when I arrived) and all the builders did was laugh as I packed up. The new 2 second tents are even better, as you be gone before anything gets started, should there be an issue.
2. I have slept in cars (I love enstate cars, sleep like a baby) dozens of times and except when I picked the carpark of a campsite by mistake and they asked me politely to leave, all has been well.
3. Motorhomes and campervans are a breeze, especailly in big cities where you look like another parked vehicle, provided you don't put the wheel levelers down, or you water tank out. It's fine. Reflective windows are better than curtains too, as there is nothing to give you away.

I am going to Greece in a motorhome next year, for the first time, anyone got any tips?

"Silence is goldern, but duct tape is silver"

2. Posted by Sallyxx (Budding Member 42 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

I've never travelled in a motorhome, but I've travelled extensively in Greece, and I can tell you that motorhomes are popular, especially amongst German and Italian tourists. Stick to campsites and official spots as much as possible, as over the years the laws against wild camping have become stricter. Police are known to patrol the usual spots during the night, so arriving late and leaving early is no guarantee that you won't get caught.

Depending on where you're planning to travel, a motorhome may be a bit of a liability if you have to negotiate narrow roads and steep curves. Also if you're planning to take it to the islands, I imagine the fares will be quite high, unless you pick older/slower boats. Motorway tolls will be more expensive too, compared to a regular car.

3. Posted by allanb (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Been trying to find some stuff on the web covering what I am planning, must have been done before by many people..cant find nuffin.

Going to the Greek mainland for a month in the spring. maybe April or May.

What events, festivals are going on in Greece and en-route through Germany, Switzerland and Italy.

Hope the strikes in France are over by then..

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5. Posted by Sallyxx (Budding Member 42 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Easter is at the end of April next year.

After that, I can't think of anything special in any of these countries. Have you looked at the thread discussing festivals in Europe?

6. Posted by brady5885 (Budding Member 59 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

i travelled europe last year on a motorbike, hit france, italy, germany, switzerland, austria, belgium and the netherlands.
We camped in every country in the wilderness and in no camp sites, this added to the whole trip, but at times it was hard to find a spot not good after a long drive, hungry and pitch black.

We just looked around us and decided lets go there.... we ended up in gorgeous forests in france, a farmers field directly under the millau bridge (stunning). in vin yards in the italian hills, mountain side with crazy views in switzerland/austria. in monaco we were in the mountains with views of the bays and a huge waterfall camp side lovely to shower in and drink from. river side a few times also .... wake up and jump in the river for a refreshing bath!!!
these places u couldnt pay for, they were so schecluded and picturesque worth all the effort and an amazing trip

hope u have a good trip!!

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