Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Planning, Trip > TRAVEL Hints and Tips

TRAVEL Hints and Tips Post your TIPS to travellers - all the interesting little tidbits you learned on the road about packing, where to get stuff, and how to cope with problems. Please make sure the subject describes the tip clearly!
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

Like Tree7Likes

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #61  
Old 22 Jan 2012
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Banjaluka, RS, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Posts: 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by danward79 View Post
Anyone know about Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Croatia?
Wild camping is free and allowed on public land in Bosnia, Serbia and Montenegro (I am from Bosnia). Police may get curious about you if they see you and just come to check your papers, but they won't make problems.

Croatia has explicit forbid policy on wild camping and officials can be a real pain in the a**. Tourism is a major economics branch in Croatia and they feel like you robbed them if you do wild camping. Also, in the southern part, they are very afraid of bushfires started by irresponsible campers or backpackers, so open flame in a forest is strictly forbidden.

Having said all that, if you are citizen of western europe and behave nicely, police will be more lenient with you, because Croatia is trying to become part of EU, so they shut one eye for offences commited by tourists from EU .

If any of you travel to Bosnia or Serbia, feel free to contact me if you need any help. My email is:
Code:
warlord at blwireless.net
Reply With Quote
  #62  
Old 31 Jan 2012
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Sax, Spain
Posts: 919
Quote:
Originally Posted by Marco K View Post
Spain is a no go free camping thing
I beeg to differ there are LOADS of free camp spaces, if camping wild, just ask a farmer if you can spend a night in a corner of his olive grove, never been refused yet, or just head for a forest and camp. as long as you dont light fires your OK, FIRES are a NO NO.unless there are specific fire pits, and never from may to september usually
Reply With Quote
  #63  
Old 12 Feb 2012
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Arizona
Posts: 6
Germany

I know that Germany has the most laws on the planet but I have found that the smaller the village the fewer police and enforcement. I spent a few years there in the military. I was flat broke 90% of the time an camping was one of the things we did for entertainment. If you just throw up a tent someplace that looks like no where you are sure to have someone hassle you. If you ride into a small village and ask a farmer to camp chances are pretty good that he will let you. Keep in mind that Germans are very proud people and saying that you thought he had an amazing view of the world from his beautiful farm and wondered if you might be able to enjoy the view for an evening goes a long way. If you pull up on a $20k bike with no muffler and say "Hey Gramps I wanna pitch a tent on your cow pile" You will most likely find that he has a 12 gauge and his first cousin is the Chief of Police. I think it is all about attitude. I wish I spoke more French because they same to be the same way at least all around the Strassbourg area. Thankfully most speak a bit of English or German.
Reply With Quote
  #64  
Old 5 Mar 2012
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: las vegas
Posts: 110
does anyone know if Finland is Ok for free camping? especially in the north?
__________________
www.ridingrtw.com
Reply With Quote
  #65  
Old 5 Mar 2012
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Amsterdam
Posts: 44
Hi Svestenik...what about the leftovers of the war in Bosnia, Croatia etc. I will be going through these countries on my way back from Turkey and wonder if it is safe to camp just anywhere in the wild (landmines etc). Cheers, Rob.
Reply With Quote
  #66  
Old 5 Mar 2012
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Nieder-Olm, Germany
Posts: 114
Y´all, here´s a stupid question:
Approaching the farmer to ask to stay on his ground for a night - o.k.
But what do you tell the farmer if he asks you where you transport your portable toilet on the bike? I´d imagine farmers hate folks relieving themselves (even using a shovel) on their ground, don´t they?

Another comment on free camping in Germany: Whilst it is illegal, there´s IMHO no substantial risk if you stay out of sight - there´s still lots of next-to-none populated area left in Germany and the cops have other things to do then to check for a couple of bikers who don´t throw litter around and don´t burn a hole in the ground with their instant bbq. In any case I would not expect to be fined (or just a nominal fine, if all goes wrong such as e.g. 20 Euros, not like half your salary in the Netherlands ;-) Pain in the back are probably the dog owners only. One can´t go anywhere in Germany without having a "Come doggy doggy sweet doggy doggy nice poop doggy doggy" drive up with his SUV and walk his dogs at 6 a.m..

Thanks, cheers
Chris
__________________
Need to fix your Africa Twin? Check out my step-by-step frame strip pictures at
Google+ album: http://tinyurl.com/6u93yv2
Dropbox with zip-File: http://tinyurl.com/czj8qgw
Reply With Quote
  #67  
Old 31 Mar 2012
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Hoogeveen, The Netherlands
Posts: 86
I think you can make a list of countries where free camping is allowed or not but...
...as long as you're not getting caught or seen it really doesn't matter
...as long as the police that checks you out is corrupted it really doesn't matter
...as long as you attract the wrong people it really doesn't matter

But a list is nice to give you some peace of mind...maybe.
If you have the guts do it and always clean up afterwards.
Reply With Quote
  #68  
Old 20 Apr 2012
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Canada
Posts: 6
Canada

As you would expect Canada has so much land that it wouldn't be hard to camp on crown land without being notice. Two warnings, be aware of when hunting seasons are and never camp on native (North American Indian) land unless you have asked permission first.
Reply With Quote
  #69  
Old 4 May 2012
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 32
Chile: We camped a lot there. Never asked if it was ok and not had any problem. The Route 5 north of Santiago all the way to Peru is pretty quiet so find a side road and a quite place and you are good.
We also camped in 2 organised camping.
1 luxurious one were we paid something like £40 for 2 people for 1 night.
1 basic one in a national reserve and no 1 person there. So we stayed the night and left and it was free. yeah!!!

Peru: Camped a few times and it was no problem either. Again, we did not ask. Just found a quiet spot and stayed.

Bolivia: A bit harder to find a quite spot so we struggled a little more to camp

Argentina: All the land seem to be cultivated. Think Europe. So with all the lands being private and fenced, we didn't manage to camp much. Was a bit frustrating.
Reply With Quote
  #70  
Old 4 May 2012
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 32
Just had a very stupid or very bright idea:

Would you place some sort of pole with a white flag (maybe just a tee-shirt) attached to it to show that you are here "in peace"?

Could it be useful or over the top?

Anyone tried that before?
Reply With Quote
  #71  
Old 8 May 2012
roamingyak.org's Avatar
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Portugal
Posts: 1,062
Sweden (I'm told by my mate who lives there) by law allows you to camp anywhere - something like not in somebodies driveway and something like 150 metres away from houses if possible etc
Reply With Quote
  #72  
Old 14 May 2012
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Banjaluka, RS, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Posts: 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by Robertsmits View Post
Hi Svestenik...what about the leftovers of the war in Bosnia, Croatia etc. I will be going through these countries on my way back from Turkey and wonder if it is safe to camp just anywhere in the wild (landmines etc). Cheers, Rob.
Sorry for late answer, but better late than never... Haven't seen the question.

Depends on the route you will be taking. There are still some rural and remote areas that have active minefields. Best if you ask locals at the location that you will be sleeping. Or, send me your e-mail, I can send you UN minefield map.
Reply With Quote
  #73  
Old 18 May 2012
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 1
Austria

Hey, anyone know if your allowed to free camp in Austria?

Heading out there next month and was manly looking at staying on camp sites but handy to know if you can free camp when travelling around.
Reply With Quote
  #74  
Old 24 Sep 2012
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 9
3 months free camping

Hi all. Wife and I just back after 3 months trip all around Europe (slovenia, croacia incl.) and camped for free every night. Never had a single problem. Find your spot when its getting dark and dont hang around when entering. Just enter woods, field, path quickly and pitch. As far away from cities, towns , villages....People... as possible, and dont get paranoia went it starts getting dark. loads of noises from all kinds off inofensive animals. Enjoy (PS we always have a baseball bat close by cause sometimes the noises stir your imagination no matter how you try to be a rationally thinking, experienced traveller.A dozen s calm you down but ends up very expensive. cheers, Burro and Lola
Reply With Quote
  #75  
Old 4 Dec 2012
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: N Ireland
Posts: 2
I suppose free legal camping in n Ireland is very limited but if anybody wants free camping near Bangor n Ireland you can on my three acres..definitely no charge provided I can join at least one piss up
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
camping for free across the states whyrichard Travellers' questions that don't fit anywhere else 16 10 Feb 2014 07:39
Free camping in Spain xr200 Europe 5 23 Apr 2008 13:11
Free camping in the US ekaphoto North America 8 21 Jun 2007 14:34
Free Camping in Norway Grumpster Europe 8 6 Dec 2006 07:09
Camping in India [... some more countries ...] Cypress HeartOfSteel Travellers' Advisories, Safety and Security on the Road 1 30 Dec 2001 18:46

 
 
 

NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!


HU DVD Autumn Special!

Take 40% off Road Heroes Part 1 until October 31 only!

Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers Peter and Kay Forwood (193 countries two-up on a Harley); Dr. Greg Frazier (5 times RTW); Tiffany Coates (RTW solo female); and Rene Cormier (University of Gravel Roads).

The first in an exciting new series, Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers."Inspiring and hilarious!"

"I loved watching this DVD!"

"Lots of amazing stories and even more amazing photographs, it's great fun and very inspirational."

"Wonderful entertainment!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'HEROES' on your order when you checkout.


Renedian Adventures


Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!


What turns you on to motorcycle travel?


Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!


New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.


Books & DVDs

amazon

All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.


Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!




All times are GMT +1. The time now is 10:42.