this is exactly what i've been trying to find out. i've been on the thorntree forums and everyone's being well cocky!
my idea was taking a tent and a sleeping bag liner (fleece) so that when we're not in the city or in a smaller town, if there's the option to camp then we can. lightweight & small pack tents i've found are under £30 and i'm planning on making the liners
but wasn't sure whether it would actually be cheaper cos if not it's probably a waste of carrying the tent & bags.
does anyone know whether when camping you have to pay the pitch price for each night's camp or just for the overall stay? if i know this then i could roughly work out whether it's better for hostelling in some places.
also, has anyone camped in amsterdam before? that's where i'm starting the trip (well cheap flights) and have found a nice little campsite on one of the islands. it's not in the centre but it has 'good transport'. i was thinking maybe stay in hostel first night, then however else long in a tent for something different. is it worthwhile with it not being in the centre but not far away?