For some, the idea of camping is nothing short of a nightmare. Forget your childhood memories of damp clothes, cold beans straight from the tin, flat airbeds and zero sleep, camping has had a makeover! There is nothing quite like sleeping under the stars to really get to grips with a country, and with a surge in camping, a night under canvas no longer means roughing it. Whether you are a seasoned glamper, a survival expert, or a first-timer, we look at the top places to get cosy under canvas before you die.
The Australian Outback
Whether you hire a camper van and take a road trip, pitch up a tent, or go on an organised camping tour, camping in the Australian Outback is an unforgettable experience. For a truly authentic adventure, forget being cosy under canvas and camp Aussie style with a swag, around an open fire, under the stars. It’s a good idea to remember that, while the Outback is beautiful, it can bite (literally), so if you are planning on going off the beaten track, it is best to go on an organised tour that can ensure your safety.
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Sahara Desert, Morocco
Things don’t come more “Arabian Nights” than the Sahara and a night camping really does tick every box. For the full package, take a camel trek through the desert and camp in traditional Berber style. Dine under the stars and be awed by the incredible beauty of the desert at night. Nomadic camping experiences can range from very basic to absolute luxury, but whatever you choose, you will never forget your night in the desert.
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Jasper National Park, Canada
For a real outdoor adventure, head to Jasper National Park. Nestled in the Rockies, this UNESCO World Heritage site has everything that an outdoor enthusiast can possibly dream of. Skiing, swimming, fishing, kayaking and hiking are on offer as you take in the staggering beauty of lakes, waterfalls, glaciers and hot springs. What’s more, with over 600 miles of paths, you could camp for a lifetime and still never cover the same hike twice!
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Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
If you love wilderness and wildlife, head to the Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica. One of the most biologically diverse national parks in the world, the Park gives you a true Desert Island experience. Enjoy pristine, empty beaches, crystal clear lagoons, towering waterfalls and tropical rainforest in relative isolation: the only things you are likely to encounter are fellow campers and the park’s other inhabitants (monkeys, sloths, herons and pumas).
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Maasai Mara, Kenya
Fancy a night away from the daily grind? At the Maasai Mara, the only zebra crossing you will find are the animal variety in search of food and water. There are camping options available for all budgets, from basic canvas to luxurious lodges. One thing is certain: your experience will be five star all the way, with vast plains where you can spot giraffe grazing on acacia trees, elephants ambling gracefully through the grasslands and endless, endless stars.
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We can’t tell you where to camp in New Zealand. The reason? Because NZ is one of the best places in the world to camp, and recommending just one is not possible. In New Zealand, there is a Freedom Camping system, which means that you can camp on most public land, provided you stick to the rules. So, choose from municipal campsites, mountain plateaus, fairy tale forest clearings or remote beaches; even the most reluctant campers will be hooked after a camping trip to New Zealand.
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Yellowstone National Park, USA
Pack your binoculars and get ready for the camping experience of a lifetime as you get cosy under canvas at Yellowstone National Park. Home to the largest collection of geysers in the world, and as one of the last remaining natural ecosystems in the temperate zone, Yellowstone is packed with things to do. By day you can hike, kayak, fish or go wildlife spotting; come evening time, you can pitch your tent in one of the most beautiful places in the world. If you are wary of grizzly bears and wolves, stay on the safe side and opt for an organised camp out.
With 42 campsites scattered throughout the region, camping on the beach in Sardinia is a cheap and authentic way of exploring the exquisite coast. Temperate climates, azure water and blue sky make for a relaxing camping experience. Nothing beats a night under canvas after a night sipping Italian wine, eating delicious local cheese, and listening to the waves tumble across the shore.
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