Your Straightforward Guide to Wild Camping Around the World

The next phase of camping lets you get up-close to the earth's natural state. Wild camping is growing in popularity due to how freeing the experience it is.

What is wild camping? Here's everything you need to know about wild camping all over the globe.


What is Wild Camping?

Wild camping, sometimes called rough camping, means camping out in the wild as opposed to a designated campsite.

It's similar to interior camping except that you don't necessarily need to hike or canoe to get to wild camping sites.

In fact, there are no sites! Wild camping lets you set up your tent or hammock in a spot you like off the beaten track.

If you follow the rules, and with the right gear, you can have an amazing unparalleled experience wild camping.

The Draws of Wild Camping

People who camp will tell you that the main draw of camping is a chance to be in nature away from urban life.

With wild camping, you get to enjoy even more solitude. You won't have to deal with busy campsites and lineups for showers. (Because there are no showers)

If you go alone, chances are you won't run into another person. It's truly a chance for you to commune with nature. Check out WorldRoamer for fun activities you must try. 

Plus wild camping is free camping! There are no daily fees, unlike campsite parks.

Find Wild Camping Sites

You can't just find a nice patch of grass and set up your stuff. There are some legalities to consider.

North America 

In the US, you can enjoy free camping in any National Forests & Grasslands unless a different rule is posted.

In Canada, wild camping on crown land is allowed (which makes up 89% of the country).

You can also wild camp in the “backcountry” of national parks, but will have to get a permit first.


In Australia, wild camping is illegal, unfortunately. But there are a number of free camping sites in rural national parks and state forests you can try.

Rules are laxer in New Zealand.

South America

What is wild camping without a sky full of stars! In South America, you get the benefit of warm nights to enjoy a breathtaking celestial show.

There are few rules about wild camping in South America. This makes it easy to explore the many incredible views and absolute silence.

It's wise to let locals know if you plan to camp near their land, just for safety.


Wild camping in Europe is exciting. In France, Spain, Ireland, Portugal, and Eastern Europe wild camping is only possible if you have permission from the landowners. No open fires allowed here though!

In Greece, wild camping is illegal. But many people still do it and in fact, the law is rarely enforced.

If you want to go where wild camping is plentiful and easy, head to Denmark, Norway or Sweden. Here, wild camping is part of every person's right of public access.

As long as you are at least 150 feet from any houses or buildings, you can pretty much camp anywhere you like!

Wild camping is also legal in the majority of Scotland. Camping in pin Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is prohibited.

The sun rises behind Great Mis Tor

The sun rises behind Great Mis Tor, Dartmoor.

Dartmoor is the only place in England where you’re legally allowed to wild camp.

The main thing to understand is that you shouldn't assume you can camp on any sand, grass or field you see.

Research camping options wherever you plan to go first to be safe.

See also: The Most Important Things You Need To Bring On A Camping Trip

Final Word

Wild camping is a chance to experience the wonder and awe of our amazing planet.

It gives you a chance to escape noise and business and tune in to the natural world.

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