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Camping is do-it-yourself accommodation: you carry your roof and your bedding in your backpack or your car. It's often the only choice of accommodation you have when you're travelling off the beaten track, but there are also very popular sites for camping holidays.
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Many popular national parks or protected sites have limited camping to particular sites and some have banned it altogether. Always check whether you need a permit to camp, how much it costs and whether your choice of site will be restricted. You generally need to get permits either in advance or on arrival. Permits for sites at very popular holiday periods are actually quite hard to get and sometimes sell out months in advance.  Don't blithely plan a Christmas camping holiday without being sure you can get a permit if you need one.
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When hiking, there will often be set campsites a day's walk apart, and often you are forbidden to camp between them.
  
 
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Accommodation is a concern of every traveler, whether looking for a place to pitch a tent or a luxury suite in a fancy resort. Booking accommodation, dealing with the vast array of accommodation options, and considering alternative lodging options are all issues that travelers face.

Finding accommodation

Finding accommodation can be one of the most frustrating aspects of planning your travels. There are two ways to solve the accommodation problem: booking in advance or finding a place on the day.

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Types of accommodation

Hostels

Hostels (more commonly referred to as "youth hostels") are a loosely-defined form of guesthouse, generally low-budget compared to other places to sleep. Although often used by youth there is usually no upper age limit.

Hotels

Hotels provide private serviced rooms for guests. They range from very basic budget-style to extremely luxurious accommodation.

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Alternative travel accommodation

Hospitality exchange

A hospitality exchange or home stay network is an organization that connects travelers with local residents in the cities they're visiting. If travelers can connect with the right people at the right time, they can get room and sometimes board in the place they're visiting for free or at a deep discount. Network size goes from a few thousands to a hundred thousands, and most networks are growing steadily.

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Car camping

Car camping, Caravaning, RV camping... it goes by names, and the experience varies widely, but this form of camping involves carrying your equipment in your motor vehicle, which you drive right to your campsite. Unlike more traditional camping, car camping allows you to carry quite a bit more equipment, and the focus is usually to enjoy the site, cook-outs, day hikes, and other outdoor activities. Some just use their vehicle for transportation, pitching a stand-alone tent to sleep in. Some use it to pull a pop-up trailer/tent or use their car or van as part of the tent or shade structure. Some drive large vans or recreational vehicles to sleep in, which may include many of the comforts of home (on a more compact scale).

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Camping

Camping is do-it-yourself accommodation: you carry your roof and your bedding in your backpack or your car. It's often the only choice of accommodation you have when you're travelling off the beaten track, but there are also very popular sites for camping holidays.

Many popular national parks or protected sites have limited camping to particular sites and some have banned it altogether. Always check whether you need a permit to camp, how much it costs and whether your choice of site will be restricted. You generally need to get permits either in advance or on arrival. Permits for sites at very popular holiday periods are actually quite hard to get and sometimes sell out months in advance. Don't blithely plan a Christmas camping holiday without being sure you can get a permit if you need one.

When hiking, there will often be set campsites a day's walk apart, and often you are forbidden to camp between them.

For more in-depth information see: