These are the ones I look at:
Australian Government - Smart Traveler
UK Government - Foreign Travel Advice
US State Department - Travel
Sometimes I just search on google "[country name] travel safety"
That's about all I can think of at the moment.
we have been doing a bit of a eastern Europe camping, in our old merc camper,
Croatia its illegal, especially near the coast and the national parks, but if you get away from the touristy areas, and camp then its generally ok, met a couple from germany who got a fine and moved on, but they were not far from the national park, and the locals there want the ...
No, there is no such universal website. The simple reason is that far from everything is computerized and even if it is, the infrastructure is often so primitive it's not linked to any search engines. In your specific case you've got two options:
Estimate the driving time on Google Maps and plan to grab a taxi instead of a bus.
Use GetByBus to find the ...
I can't tell you whether the pass is worthwhile. That depends on exactly where you'll be going. But there are some resources from The Man in Seat 61, who maintains a comprehensive guide to all things related to trains, to help figure it out:
How to choose & use a Eurail pass
Should you buy a Eurail pass or regular point-to-point tickets?
A guide to ...
Since i couldn't find any conclusive information on the rumor that splitting the trip from Bucharest to Sofia makes it cheaper i decided to do some empirical research so here goes:
Direct train from Bucharest(from Bucharest Nord) to Sofia costs 140 ROM (35euros) lei and there are few departures per day, 12:55, 23:55 that i am aware of.
Direct bus costs 52 ...
It's actually not easy at all to find actual official legal information about some of these countries.
In general, it seems that wild camping is mostly tolerated, however, technically illegal. As long as you are smart about it, you should not find yourself in any kind of trouble.
Make sure to pitch your tent out of sight, leave no trace, avoid touristic ...
I've been wild camping a couple of times in Macedonia and Kosovo and I've never had any problems.
Your only real concerns are the small packs of Sharpinina dogs that roam the forests/mountains at night.
All european countries (EU) share the same driving license, and there's a lot (Turkey, all currently applying countries, UK) of non--eu or non-schengen zones that share the same system and thus "convalidate" your license.
As long as you've got one of these types , you'll be fine. and when it gets old, you'll have to renew it at your new homeplace.
Firstly let clarify we live in a camper so we are not talking about setting tents.
About the legality I honestly don't know. But we have experience a few countries. Now of the ones mentioned: Bulgaria, Serbia and Greece.
None of those presented us any Problems. The only country in the balkans we know for sure to be illegal, is Croatia. However we still ...
We live in a VW T3, that means we are wild camper full time, we have been in Bulgaria for at least two weeks now. We had the police come to us one night, I had a huge fire, they simply drove to me turn on the light inside their car so I’d know it was them, wave me good bye and left, I felt like they were just trying to make sure I felt save, it was the most ...
Some friends and I road-tripped from Ljubljana to Athens in 2011 and we wild-camped the entire way. Albania you can really camp anywhere, Croatia you should be a little more careful, and I'd say Slovenia is in between. We didn't camp in Montenegro but I think it seemed pretty relaxed, similar to Albania.
In Croatia it was probably the hardest, cos we were ...
I'm from bulgaria.I don't know is the free camping permitted,but it's verrrrryyyyy popular in Bulgaria.Most of the young people do it at all the time when the weather is good.We also live on some beaches on Black sea like Irakli,Karadere and many others it's full of people who live there on tents for 3-4-5 months!!!We also did it in the mountains during the ...