The first time Nathan and I traveled around the world was in 2008. We barely had enough money to survive for a few months.
Many people have asked us how we managed to keep our travel costs to such a bare minimum, especially when traveling through countries like New Zealand.
One of our “secrets” was camping – we’re not big campers or go hiking much, in fact neither of us had ever gone camping before, and had no idea what we had signed up for.
Our camping adventure was a pretty crazy story in itself, but we’ll save that for another time (watch the video below to see what happened to our lovely tent :p)
The best thing about camping however, was not the money we saved, but the beautiful camp spots we found.
If you want to stay only meters from the beach and wake up watching the sunrise from your bed, you can stay either in exclusive five star hotels – or at a great camp site.
We thought we would share some amazing campsites around the world, both for those on a budget as well as those who like to splurge (apparently this is called “glamping”). Remember to protect against mosquitoes.
Here are 5 awesome campsites in the world…
Corcovado National Park – Costa Rica
According to National Geographic, this remote national park is “the most biologically intense place on Earth.” In other words, it is home to a huge variety of wildlife.
Among the animals here are four monkey species, tiger herons, sloths, scarlet macaws, and pumas – the list is long.
There are camping sites at each of its entrances on the Osa Peninsula, which makes for an awesome base to explore the lagoons, waterfalls, empty beaches and of course the largest tropical primary lowland rainforest in the world.
4 Rivers Floating Lodge – Cambodia
Located on the Tatai River in Cambodia, this tent resort is probably as far away as you can get from the normal camping holiday.
You couldn’t be any closer to the waterfront, in fact, your hut is actually floating on the water.
These days being away from everything does not need to mean disconnecting from everything.
You can be one with nature when you’re out jungle trekking, kayaking and rafting. Then return to your floating tent and relax or browse the internet.
Lido Vacanze – Italy
We all know that staying in Venice can be very expensive. You will be surrounded by water but you wouldn’t want to take a refreshing dip in it.
The Camping Union Lido Vacanze is a great alternative to get a bit of both. It’s close to Venice and has its very own private beach that’s more than a kilometer long.
Being one of the largest campsites in Europe, it also has nine bars and seven restaurant within the complex, if you just want to have a “night in” – just view the Zoover holiday reviews and you will be convinced.
Golden Bay – New Zealand
Golden Bay was one of our favorite campsites in New Zealand. It’s definitely one of the most beautiful places in the country.
The sand really is golden, a beautiful contrast to the turquoise waters and native forest surrounding you.
It’s a popular area to go hiking in. You can choose everything from a one-day hike to two full weeks exploring the bays, hidden beaches and unique forest. Or do the whole route in a kayak, if you want.
Camp for free!
Another budget tip, if you really want to keep your costs low, is to check if there are any free camp sites in the country you’ll be visiting.
In Sweden, Norway and Finland you can camp pretty much anywhere for free.
In Netherlands, there are certain places where you can camp for 72 hours for free. You can find camp sites in the Netherlands on Zoover. There are also maps on Google where you’ll find the free ones.