Backpacking is one of the best ways to discover all the places the world has to offer. Aside from being affordable, this is also a great way to get to know a country’s people and culture, and to meet friends who share the same journey along the way.
While it’s possible to go backpacking on any part of the world, there are some places that are definitely more backpacker-friendly. You’ve heard of India, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam. The places on this list are the ones that we think you’ll consider as your next backpacking destination, the ones that you may not have immediately considered when thinking of where to go to next.
Argentina – The thing that makes this country a perfect backpacking destination is diversity. Argentina has spots for practically anything you’d want to do in a trip. You can have the best time exploring the wonderful outdoors at Tierra del Fuego, or you could drink and party your heart out in Buenos Aires. There are a lot of hostels and guest houses here, so finding an affordable accommodation will definitely not be a problem.
Austria - There is simply nothing like Vienna and Salzburg—places that are beautiful at any time of the year. This is also the place to some winter sports such as skiing and paragliding—with the amazing mountains and beautiful Alps, this perhaps will make its way to one of your best winter sport destinations. And yes, you can go up the hills and tell the world that they are alive with the sound of …you know the drill.
Bolivia – Getting a plane to South America may not be as cheap as getting flights to Asia, but don’t give up just yet. When you get to Bolivia, you will not have difficulty budgeting, for there are a lot of affordable spots for backpackers. This is arguably one of the most scenic places in the region: the breathtaking salt flats (Salar de Uyuni) and the town of La Paz are simply stunning. Rich in culture and unparalleled scenery, this is a part of the continent you simply must not miss.
Czech Republic – The Czech Republic is definitely no stranger to backpackers. Prague is simply beautiful, and the other treasures that you’ll find here are the country’s national parks: Podyjí National Park, Bohemian Switzerland National Park, Krkonoše National Park, and Šumava National Park. The city is always alive (and you must NOT miss their different beer brews here), but wait til you see the what their nature and wildlife has to offer.
Nepal - India is almost always on the top of the list of backpacking destinations, but its neighbor Nepal is something that you must not miss. Home to Mount Everest, this place has a culture that is wonderfully unique and inspiring. The places that you must not miss here are Boudhanath, Bhaktapur, and Pokhara.
New Zealand – Australia is already a famous place for backpackers, but their neighbor also boasts of lots of amazing attractions and activities. When in New Zealand, you can be immersed in the beautiful Maori culture, go on adventures like sky diving or bungee jumping. Also, if you’re a Lord of the Rings fan, it doesn’t hurt that this place is also famous for being the setting in the movies.
Philippines – This may not be the first country you’d think of when you’re planning on backpacking in Southeast Asia, but the Philippines has a lot to offer to backpackers. Though Manila is a visitor-friendly place, you can skip this part of the country and head to its great waters. The Philippines has more than 7,000 islands, and its these attractions that will surely give you a memorable vacation. If you’re into serene and quiet spots, head over to Puerto Princesa in Palawan, or if you like hanging out on white sand and partying, you can go to Boracay in the province of Aklan. These are just two of the most known great destinations, there are thousands more to choose from.
Slovenia – this is the place that you must include in your European trip. In Slovenia, stop by Ljubljana, a beautiful city that has a mix of the old and the modern. The spots that you should not miss here are: the Old Town, the Ljubljana Castle, and the beautiful Lake Bled. This is the place you must go to if you’re into outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and skiing.