I just posted a question regarding possible routes~ Dublin to Germany, Germany to Spain... then to Portugal and Italy. However, I am also interested in the particulars when it comes to sleeping under the stars.
My trip is a frugal one... however, I do not mind spending time camping out; as long as I can travel through towns for supplies. Are there routes that would allow me to trek through the aforementioned countries; and camp as I go?
I am not seeking a secluded 'outback' adventure; however, I do like to have my time outdoors. I will arrive in Dublin on 26 March; would it be reasonable to camp out during that time of year?
I carry a light down-bag (40 degrees), a pad, and bivy bag. Therefore, I am not prepared for extreme weather. I might take a few smaller tarps... however, I do not think a I will spend the money or be able to carry the added weight of a tent.
I also posted already a little bit about that in an other topic. If you want to sleep under stars, I think that weather-wise, you will be in the wrong place at the wrong moment. Ireland and the UK are notorious as it comes to rain, and storms. (As they are the first landmasses the gulfstream comes across.)
and like I already mentioned, camping outside in the Netherlands in forbidden outside of the campings. I don't know too much about other countries (or camping - hayfever keeps me from doing that )
trek, camping in Europe is not the most popular choice, as in some cases the camping areas are some distance outside the city centres. Add to that the need to carry sleeping bags, ground mat, cooking gear, possibly a small tent and other assorted kit. You'd have to weigh the cost of camping against that of staying in a Hostel or other budget accommodation (be sure to factor in the cost of the camp site as well as transportation to & from the city). I find it much more rewarding to stay in the city centres, as there's usually lots of interesting things to see, good restaurants and lots of people to visit with (both locals and other tourists).
If you were planning to "mix" your stays with Hostels, note that sleeping bags are generally NOT allowed in Hostels. You would have to use the bedding provided (although some travellers pack a Sleep Sheet).