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Hitchhiking and camping in Eastern Europe


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Hello I’m Tim from Germany,

I am planning on doing a trip through Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia and Italy next year. (At least those are the countries I’m aiming at).
The duration will be around 3 months.
My initial plan was using the interrail ticket and sleeping in hostels. But then I spoke to a guy who said he did a Europe trip a few years ago and saved money by hitchhiking and sleeping in a tent.
So my question is: do you think it is possible to do this route while hitchhiking and especially is it a good idea to set up a tent in those countries?

Greetings from Germany!
Hi Tim, welcome to the forums. When I was 18 (a long time ago) I spent a few months traveling in Europe with a female friend. We hitchhiked and stayed in hostels. I’ve always regretted the hitchhiking. We should have got a eurail pass. We got into a few unpleasant situations hitchhiking.

Years later when I was 32 (still a long time ago) my husband and I spent 6 months traveling around Europe. We had a train pass and stayed in cheap hotels. It was great!

I think the combination of train pass and hostels would be great for you, especially since you are traveling alone. You will get the chance to meet lots of people.
Welcome Tim, it's a good idea to start with a 3-month trip. I agree with Pauline. I don't know about Eastern European countries but in Italy it's not so easy to find somewhere to pitch a tent unless you go to a campsite. Considering all the extra stuff you'd have to carry as well, train + hostels sounds better. Also because you certainly won't find anywhere for a tent in the big cities.

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