Camping with no money

Living without money is easier if you don't have to pay rent for a room or house. A tent as a temporary home is a perfect way to live without money, and if you're traveling an excellent way to get in touch with the world.

With your tent you're very flexible. You can find very suitable places to camp, such as in a forest. In the Netherlands it's officially only allowed on so-called Paalkamperterreinen (pole camping terrains), but in some other countries you can just camp anywhere in nature. You can get to see many places like this and you always have your own place to sleep. It's often called wild camping.

According to Wikipedia wild camping in Norway, Sweden and Finland is permitted when following certain conditions. On British islands it's accepted with permission of the owner and in Scotland it's officially allowed. In the United States you can camp in all federal forests and it's quite common over there.

Sometimes you'll find a spot where you can stay for a longer period. Then you can even consider to build a hut. There's a book called "Radical Simplicity" This is about Dan Price from the United States who was offered a spot near a medium sized city. In exchange for work to maintain the land. There he built many huts.

Wild camping

So wild camping seems to be legal in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Scotland. In other countries it's mostly a grey area, although this website is promising about France: http://www.lecampingsauvage.fr/legislation.html

I tried to find more information about why it's illegal but couldn't. It seems quite silly that you're not allowed to camp if it's not bothering anyone and if you clean up after yourself. If it's possible in the North, why not elsewhere in Europe?

More information

Further reading

Book: Steps Towards Inner Peace

The Peace-Pilgrim was a woman living almost 30 years without money, in the walhalla of money: the United States. She made many walking trips and took only little on those trips. She lived just from what people gave her and she never needed any money!

Her message was about an inner peace that is reachable by anyone. You as well! It's the ultimate form of happiness, always in peace with whatever is there. Always be at peace with yourself.

"Steps Towards Inner Peace" is the book published after her death. The book is available for free. You can order it at the website about the book and there is also a digital version in Dutch and other languages.

Also check Wikipedia for more information about her life and the website Peacepilgrim.

Find Edible Plants

Fruit such as strawberries, apples and raspberries don't have to come from a supermarket. You can find it in your street, a park or a forest near you. You can reap this food relatively often. And except fruit there are also chestnuts, dandelions, wild herbs and a lot more.

Give-away shop

Give away shop in Utrecht, 2004. PIcture taken by Bikepunk

Are you looking for clothes, books, toys, pans or just something new to use? You could give it a try at a give-away shop, sometimes also simply called free shop. That's not a store in the traditional meaning, but a place to find free stuff.