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Camping vs. Hostelling in Europe

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Is it worth it?
4 years ago, April 5th 2010 No: 1 Msg: #107990  
I was thinking of trying to book some campsites along our trip route to save money and add another dimension to our travels. Has anyone had experience with a mix of camping and staying in hostels? The only cons I can think of are campsites being difficult to get to via public transit and/or hard to find esp. at night. Also, maybe would require packing camping specific items. Any thoughts/ suggestion? Thanks! Reply to this

4 years ago, April 10th 2010 No: 2 Msg: #108390  
I camped in Scotland last summer and there were definite pros and cons. Biggest pro was the confidence that I'd always have a place to sleep. I'd book hostels at the last minute and if there were none I always had my tent, whereas others had stories of getting stuck staying at an expensive B&B. The biggest con was that it got annoying to lug around camping gear. I had all light-weight gear, but it meant that my pack consisted only of camp gear with little room for anything else. In the end I decided that for the amount that I spent on camping gear, I might as well have just stayed in hostels. But that's just me. It was also fantastic to camp on the seaside. Oh -- the other con was that I also found campsites to be filled with families or groups and so I almost never met anyone when I camped. I started staying in hostels for the company, but I was also traveling alone. Hope that's somewhat helpful! Reply to this

4 years ago, April 10th 2010 No: 3 Msg: #108418  
Definitely! Thanks Valerie ;) Reply to this

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