Actually, that not true at all.
I love five star hotels.
Actually, that’s not true at all.
I imagine that I would love five star hotels. As a professional vagabond you don’t get much experience of them.
But even when I become a millionaire I will still relish sleeping in my tent from time to time. Watching the sunset from a tent on a mountain top in Lesotho or waking in a meadow in Pakistan: the best views of my life have been ones that money cannot buy. Taking a tent on my travels has not only saved me many thousands of pounds in accommodation costs, it has also given me the freedom to reach more remote and wild places than I otherwise would have done.
For backpackers taking a tent is certainly a big decision: they are bulky and relatively heavy additions to your luggage. But the money it will save you and the spectacular places it will enable you to sleep ought to make a tent at least worthy of consideration. There are campsites with showers and other facilities across the world. But in this blog I am singing the praises of wild camping – sleeping out in the countryside far from the madding crowd (though naturally without breaking the law or trespassing!). No facilities, no people, no costs, no problem!
There are a range of very light tents available for one or two people, such as the MSR Carbon reflex or Terra Nova’s Laser Competition. There are also much cheaper, though less robust options such as the Decathlon Ferrino. This will pay for itself in hotel savings after just a few nights’ of use.