Long bright summer days pass delightfully slowly in Sweden’s most southerly region. Gentle countryside backs the coastline and there are many tranquil places to camp near Skåne’s beaches, lakes or forests. As in much of Scandinavia, wild camping is positively encouraged under Allemansrätt, the “right to roam”.
Zion is one of the most spectacular parks in the Southwest, with its red sandstone cliffs, rugged plateaus and forested canyons. Watchmen and South are the established campgrounds, but if you really want to get away from the crowds you can get a permit to overnight at one of the otherworldly wilderness campsites in the park’s interior.
Vancouver Island’s mind-blowingly diverse ecosystem gets ever more wild as you head north. Pacific Rim National Park and the West Coast Trail are spectacular places to set up camp – you might catch sight of orcas breaching offshore, sea otters playing in the shallows or brant geese flying overhead.
South America’s southern tip, spanning both Argentina and Chile, is as wild as it gets and a great destination for anyone with an adventurous spirit. Follow the RN-40 to discover campsites with wide open skies and snow-capped mountain vistas; this pristine landscape begs for outdoor exploration.
Time has stood still in this massively underrated region of northwest Spain, where villages cling to lush green mountains and fishing communities dot the craggy coastline. Some of the most beautiful campsites in Spain can be found on the coast here, along with delicious food and welcoming hosts.
The coastal region west of Galway cries out for leisurely exploration. Connemara’s landscape is dramatic and windswept, and camping here isn’t for the faint hearted, but you can’t beat getting up close to the Atlantic seascape or exploring remote valleys just inland.
Recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the jagged Simien massif and its deep precipices rival the Grand Canyon for beauty. The landscape is phenomenal and the best way to explore is on a guided trek, sleeping under canvas in one of the park’s basic campsites.
Over 40% of Tasmania is protected within national parks and reserves. On an island the size of Switzerland, that means numerous wild and remote regions littered with beautifully sited campgrounds. Whether you’re travelling with a tent or a camper van, popular spots include the highlands of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and the spectacular coastline of Tasman Peninsula.
In the wide, watery expanse between Japan’s Honshū, Shikoku and Kyūshū islands you’ll find a little-known idyll made up of many tinier islands. Exploring by bike is becoming popular as seven modern bridges now link the islets. At night, it’s possible to camp beside the subtropical white-sand beaches.
This sparsely populated, high-altitude region in Jammu and Kashmir conjures pictures of gompas nestling in the mountainside and colourful prayer flags fluttering in the wind. Once the mountain passes open in the spring, camps of pre-erected tents pop up, though hardier souls still carry in their own.