Hi everyone! i've been looking around these forums for a while now and have been impressed with the responses I have read from members. So I thought I would ask a question of my own - to camp or not to camp?! I'm just about to finish uni and am preparing for a solo Europe cycle tour which will begin in around September time. The idea is to cycle for as long as I can afford, visiting as many countries as possible. I have my bike, i'm training hard and i've started buying kit in order of importance (i'm on a VERY strick budget). I have come to the fork in the road where I need to start sorting out more details - and I keep going around in circle about whether to camp or stay in youth hostels (or both). I really need to decide so I can sort out kit, but also can't 'plan' (i'm not planning too much) until I decide what i'm doing. I've been weighing up the main pro's and con's of camping in my mind. This is how I seem them: Camping Pro's:+ I believe it will be a nicer experience to be out doors + More freedom about where I stay - the option of hosteling or camping + I'll probably save a bit of money living off my stove + Wild camping is there as an option Camping Cons's:- LOADS more kit needed, weight of the bike being the main concern. - Added head ache of sourcing fuel / food for that evening - I don't believe after buying camping kit it will be much (if any) cheaper than staying in hostels (I've not got a route sorted yet, so i'm talking about Europe in general - I appreciate things may be different if i'm heading east as apposed to west). Anyone have any input or words of wisdom from experience? Cheers, Joe.