If you never ask, you might never know.
As strange as it may sound, this little piece of advice shared by a backpacker I had met in Germany a few years ago has been my saving grace through all my travel experiences. But today I am going to share with you one of the most amazing secrets that I uncovered during my solo backpacking experiences in Europe – that if you are a little adventurous, then is possible to camp in Europe for free!!
The slight chill in the air had started to blow away all the semblance of autumn when I planned to visit the lesser known corner of Eastern Germany. While casually looking for local hosts in Dresden over Couchsurfing, I was also on the look-out for hiking tips in the beautiful Saxon Switzerland National Park. However, after a 3-hour long discussion with local backpackers, climbers and hikers online, I found myself sitting on a coffee table a few days later, with all of them, taking down notes as they described their most amazing camping experiences from the region – Boofen, as they call it there. A word of caution though – this experience is only meant for adventure-seekers with experience of climbing or mountain trekking.
What is Boofen?