People that aren’t nomadic dirtbags sometimes ask: How do you find places to sleep?
Out in the boonies, its pretty easy once you know the rules. There are over 190 million acres of National Forest within the lower 48 states. Canada has a ton of public land too. This public land is typically open to dispersed camping in specific areas. But in reality, its not hard to find a place to park a van for a few days.
All of the spots pictured here were 100% free and legal(most likely). We almost never pay for campgrounds. In fact, out of the 14 months that we've been on the road only about 15 nights were spent in a pay campground. We're self sufficient and just dont need them all that much.
We have never slept in a Walmart parking lot. Lines must be drawn. We have however spent several nights in strange casinos across the country. These are way better.
Urban areas pose some issues. The first being noise/traffic and the second being security. It's actually a breeze to find a place to park in a city, but is it loud? Are you gonna get stabbed? Our latest trick in the bigger cities is to find the open parking lots with lights and security and just pony up the 10$-20$ it costs to park there. Theres no traffic, its quiet(ish) and much safer to go out for the night and not worry about your gear getting ripped off.