Handbook: Europe

a 1987 Vanagon Syncro in a field of yellow flowers


A continent the size of the United States, but composed of a multitude of countries so very different than what one will ever experience crossing the Pennsylvania/Ohio border, Europe is a dream for travelers across the globe.

An expensive dream, at times, and for certain, yes. But not one that’s unachievable.

What follows are tales of what to expect, ideas on where to go, and the stories of folks who’ve made it happen–whether Europe was their original homeland or not.

Featured Articles on Europe

Interviews with Travelers in Europe

More Articles on Camping in Europe

Blog Posts About Europe

The Stinging Nettle in Barcelona

Barcelona, Can Masdeo, occupied building, squat, community, anarchism

Like the stinging nettle, this community germinated without sanction or permission, and provides healing and precious nourishment. It does so for both its dwellers and the surrounding communities, through its vast vegetable gardens that are open to the neighborhood, their convivial social and cultural activities, their full and radical implementation of sustainable practices, and by their sheer example of what the world could be like. And like the stinging nettle, it has had to and will defend itself against uprooting, if necessary.

The Road to Van

Turkey, Kurdistan, travel, hitchhiking, Ararat, mountain, adventure

“There is no work here,” he says. “At school, we learn only Turkish. No Kurdish.” It’s a story we will hear over and over again on this journey, now we’re in the part of Turkey unofficially known as Kurdistan. The Kurdish language was banned by the state until very recently. Town names were changed and Turkifised. Kurdish names were banned for children. It was illegal to speak Kurdish at school, or to print books in the language. It was a very successful campaign, most adults today either do not remember, or never learned the language.