Wild Camping in Turkey

There seems to be two places to wild camp in Turkey: the beach and the forest. We went to the forest and found a sweet little spot for the evening. Really beautiful. And quiet.


We Love Turkey

We love Turkey. What can we say. Other travelers have told us how Turkey leaves them with a sense of awe. How much they love Turkey. Well, we have joined the club.

We raced to Turkey to have some great experiences with Sam before he left us, once again, to go to New Zealand and start University. The people are authentically friendly and hospitable. Things are ancient. From the Haggia Sophia, which holds symbols of the height of Christianity and Mulsim, side by side, to the random ruin you find at a wild camping spot on the Gallipoli penninsula.


Not to forget, challenging that fish that laughed at you yesterday. We have only been here a bit more than a week and are excited for what the next day holds.

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We are the Jones family

We are pilgrims on unpaved roads

living creatively




to bring lasting peace and friendship to the global fringe.

We are the Jones family:

Andrew, Debbie, Lizzie, Abi, Hannah, TJ and Sam.

New Zealand

Camping in New Zealand

Forget hotels unless you want to go from city to city and New Zealand has way more to offer than its cities. Camping is the way to go.

If you are two people the best way to explore New Zealand is in one of the many varieties of campervan we see scouring the country. You can park up just about anywhere as long as you are “self-contained”. The coolest we saw were the wicked campervans and the escape campervans. These come decorated in graffiti and are everywhere.

The reality is we brought tents and we are 6 people. Because of this we are quite limited. Our salvation, however, were the DOC campgrounds. These are much cheaper than the private campgrounds and well, a lot more interesting. Normal, private campgrounds remind me way too much of suburbia and seem far too tame. Not to mention the fact that they price is rediculous for a family of 6. You can download the PDF of locations of DOC campground or get a brochure once you get here from any place that says “i-site”.

Many of the DOC campgrounds are in amazing places. Interesting little islands that you can only get to with a water taxi. We saw one that was in an old mining town and had 53 river crossings.

We went to one that had 20+ miles of a thin gravel road with sheer cliffs and no railing.

If you like hiking then New Zealand has a special treat for you. They call it tramping (hiking) here. They have dotted the whole country with “backcountry huts”. You see, when you are tramping they would prefer you not to tent on the trail so they provide these huts. I have even heard there are “firebaths” on some of the trails.