Where to sleep in your van? This is probably one of the main questions you have when you start livin4wheel. We have been livin4wheel now for a while and we found some places that are safe and free to sleep, we will list here places that we have found along our journey.

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  1. Comment by Gareth Johnsen

    Gareth Johnsen Reply 19 July 2016 at 01:55

    Hi Crom & Valine, again this is AWESOME! Thanks so much for posting … Just wondering the key/legend for this: spanner – repair shop / tap – water / knife and fork – dining out are less ambiguous? Also you used google maps here I see, what the reasoning for using this besides other free apps like HERE MAPS or paid devices like TomTom? Cheers, G & L

    • Comment by Valine

      Valine Reply 20 July 2016 at 10:54

      Hey G&L, Happy to hear that you like the map! For now it’s Google maps, because it’s the easiest and most accessible solution. We are looking for another solution that includes a legend, and that can be shared more easily. As for the legend items: you are totally right!

  2. Comment by Julia

    Julia Reply 23 July 2016 at 05:50

    We will be travelling the Balkan with our VW T3 and our little daughter in board in July/August and can’t wait to try some of these places. Thanks for sharing your discoveries with us!

    • Comment by Valine

      Valine Reply 24 July 2016 at 12:08

      Hey Julia, the Balkans had some amazing spots! I’m happy that you want to try some of them out too. I saw on your site that you’re also going to Montenegro. That was one of our favorite destinations. So beautiful! If you feel like sharing some of the spots you know, we’re happy to add them to the map with a link to your site. Just let us know. Have fun on your trip!

  3. Comment by Mathilde

    Mathilde Reply 23 July 2016 at 13:13

    loving this map for camping spots! we’ve been on the road with our truck since December and went to Morocco first where wild camping was possible anywhere, but here in Europe it’s not as easy to find the best locations! We’re in Croatia at the moment and we’re definitely going to check out some of the spots you’ve marked on the map as we’re moving south towards Greece. Safe travels and maybe we’ll see you on the road somewhere! Mathilde & Dave

    • Comment by Valine

      Valine Reply 24 July 2016 at 12:00

      Hey Mathilde. I’m glad that you find our map useful! Your truck looks really cool :) I wish you a lot of fun driving Europe and when you find nice spots that you’d like to share, we’d be happy to add them to the map too (with a reference to your page of course). Enjoy Croatia!

  4. Comment by Gareth Johnsen Reply

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  5. Comment by rosie

    rosie Reply 14 November 2016 at 12:40

    Hi guys,
    Im planning on buying a van ( in the Netherlands ) and giving up my full time job. Im a project planner for offshore gas platforms so Im not sure if this will translate to ditigal online work. Im thinking maybe project management , its not my main concern at the moment. Im wondering if you have any tips on buying the van .. Im looking for a VW Westfalia T4 but have zero knowledge of vans. Do yoiu have any tips or contacts in amsterdam area that could help? Also the free camping map is excellent. I hope to be making use of it soon. Thanks for all the great info. p.s. did you ship your van to south america ?

    • Comment by Valine

      Valine Reply 30 December 2016 at 21:12

      Hi Rosie, sounds like you’re having great plans! We bought our van in Germany, so no contacts in Amsterdam. One good thing about Volkswagen is that there are always Volkswagen clubs with many enthousiasts. Maybe you can find someone via the Dutch VW Club. Also check out CourageCamper, a Dutch woman living and working in a T4. She might have tips for you as well. You can also always contact us on if you want to know anything. Were happy to help you achieve your dream!

  6. Comment by Mark

    Mark Reply 26 December 2016 at 03:23

    Hey guys, great resource. Have you thought about using ioverlander to mark these spots for future travelers, its a fantastic tool that we used throughout the Americas.

    • Comment by Valine

      Valine Reply 30 December 2016 at 21:03

      Hey Mark, we do not know that tool yet, but will look into it for sure. Thanks for the tip!

  7. Comment by Alan

    Alan Reply 7 July 2017 at 16:46

    Hi guys!
    Here Alan and Mariann from South America! We bought a van 3 months ago and we have been travelling all around Europe and your website has been very helpful! You guys are legends!! We are in Belgrade at the moment, trying to do a service to our car. Do you guys know any trustworthy mechanic around here? Couldn’t see it on the map.
    Anyways, thanks for everything you share whit us!
    Are you guys still living in the VW?


    • Comment by Valine

      Valine Reply 9 July 2017 at 11:23

      Hey Guys, good to hear from you! Great that you’re from South America and doing your van trip here in Europe. At one point we’ll want to do the opposite :) We are still living in our VW. We have little time to update the site lately, but we do post on Instagram and Facebook regularly. As for the mechanic in Belgrade…we do not know any except for the ones that are already on the map: the one in Sombor and the junk yard close to Belgrade. Where the junk yard guy is not a good mechanic, so I would not recommend him for that. If you’re driving a VW too, you could try and ask the Serbian VW Club.

  8. Comment by Julia

    Julia Reply 16 July 2017 at 23:38

    This is so great! Thank you guys! I’m sure we will check out one or more of the places in our holidays.

  9. Comment by John Fletcher

    John Fletcher Reply 27 February 2018 at 13:16

    Thanks for this very useful information.
    We will be off to Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary soon so we will need Wild Camping spots for our campervan.
    Most of the time I will be off-grid so I would like to have your data on my laptop.
    Can you create a .KML file from your GoogleMap and post it on your website? If you can then I could download it and load it in GoogleEarth and see all your places on a map with GPS coordinates. All without needing to connect to the internet.
    Thanks again.

    • Comment by Valine

      Valine Reply 8 March 2018 at 21:47

      Hey John,

      I have sent the KML file to your email! Thanks for the tip. I did not know this existed. Have fun on your trip!


  10. Comment by tina

    tina Reply 5 April 2018 at 07:25

    What a brilliant map, thank you! How long did you take for your adventure? tina

    • Comment by Valine

      Valine Reply 5 April 2018 at 07:38

      All this took a bit over 3 years… and counting 😉

  11. Comment by Klaus

    Klaus Reply 28 April 2018 at 05:55

    Hey Valine and Crom, love your inspiring website! Happy to see you succeed in your vision! Wish you a great journey and maybe see you round some day on a van meeting or so 😛

  12. Comment by Alex

    Alex Reply 24 July 2018 at 13:34


    My boyfriend and I rented a camper and will be travelling through Croatia the last two weeks of September.
    I wanted to ask if you had seen any other campers doing wild camping?
    I figure the cute little bus is a little easier to hide than a full camper which is 6m long!

    Thanks for any advice!

    • Comment by Valine

      Valine Reply 5 November 2018 at 09:52

      Hey Alex, I also think that secretly wild camping with a 6 meter long camper is near impossible, especially at the Croatian coast. How did it go?

  13. Comment by Nathalie

    Nathalie Reply 14 October 2018 at 05:21

    we where wondering if there are some kind of directions to get to the camping spot with the natural tub near the Kravice waterfalls. Is there somekind of road you can follow from Odmorište Kravice (what appears to be a service area?)

    • Comment by Valine

      Valine Reply 5 November 2018 at 09:59

      Hey Nathalie, it’s a long time ago that we were there. I remember that we just followed a dirt track and landed there. If you put the coordinates 43.154922, 17.608746 in Google Maps and use sattelite view, you can see the dirt track I’m talking about.

  14. Comment by Laura

    Laura Reply 3 August 2019 at 11:41

    Just thought I’d let you guys know, the lakes dried up now just down from the campsite, near the plitvika jezera lake. We discovered this- after bursting a tyre trying to get there lol..

  15. Comment by Micha

    Micha Reply 14 October 2019 at 20:35

    Hey you dear, such a amazing map project!
    We’r just starting with our VW T3 for a trip to greece. The travel will Lead us trough bosnia, mazedonia, montenegro and albania. Hope to find some of your recommended spots.

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