If you are in between jobs, looking for somewhere to go, or your done with school and have a break, take some time and travel the world a different way. Backpacking across the globe can be an experience you’ll never forget.

Here are ten destinations for first-time backpackers looking to not only a travel on a budget but truly dive into the culture of these various countries.

 

Thailand

In a nutshell – it’s cheap, beautiful and easy to navigate.

Thailand is well equipped for backpackers because, in a way, it’s the gateway to South East Asia. From the beautiful landscapes and destinations to the cheap places to stay, this country is perfect for a first-time backpacker.

While it still might cost you a bit to fly into Bangkok, once you leave the city you will see a complete difference in the cost of things. A ticket out of the city will only cost you $10-20, and you’ll be able to backpack around the rest of Thailand for only a few dollars a day. The Thai food is just as cheap; authentic Pad Thai from right off the street might cost you $1 for a filling and unforgettable lunch.

Doi Inthanon, Ban Luang, Thailand
Doi Inthanon, Ban Luang, Thailand

Vietnam

The perfect mix of culture, tradition, and nature, Vietnam is a great place to explore. The capital of Hanoi is packed with friendly locals, monuments and ancient sights. A trip to Halong Bay is like walking into a dream.

Vietnam is incredibly backpacker friendly. The country has plenty of sights, activities, and things to do that are either free or can be done for cheap. A hostel room with breakfast can be found for under $3 a night. Your other two meals of the day will cost you even less; Vietnam has plenty of street vendors and cheap restaurants which allow you to try some of the best ethnic dishes for under $2.

Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam

Indonesia

Rent a room on the beach near Bali or if you want to be away from the beach then ride a scooter (national means of transportation) to wherever else you may want to go. See the temples overlooking the ocean and find yourself face-to-face with a monkey or two.

Padar Island, Indonesia
Padar Island, Indonesia

New Zealand

Aside from the long flight to get there, New Zealand is a beautiful country. Fans of Lord of the Rings and/or The Hobbit will definitely enjoy seeing where these movies were filmed.

You can easily rent a campervan for around $100 a day, which with a group of people can average around $15-25 a person per night; not a bad price for a day’s accommodation and travel expenses. The best bet for cheap food on the go to is to buy locally grown fruit and vegetables. Either way, you can easily backpack New Zealand while sticking to a budget.

Roy's Peak, New Zealand
Roy’s Peak, New Zealand

Scandinavia

Love hiking while having an amazing view? Then the Fjords are a must when planning a backpacking trip. However, there’s more to this region than that. Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Helsinki are great cities with plenty to keep you occupied. The people are great too, which is always a plus.

Tromsø, Norway

Georgia

Georgia is quite possibly the most undiscovered Eastern European country, and that’s the best plug for backpackers looking for a new country to discover. It is incredibly English speaking friendly, and very eager to increase their tourism.

Best part? Prices are ridiculously cheap, and the country will most likely become a hub for backpackers and tourists in the next decade or so.

Georgia
Georgia

Canada

While visiting the affluent Vancouver may cost you a bit, you can still enjoy backpacking in other parts of Canada for the same price as other cheaper countries.

Montreal is incredibly backpacking friendly, with hostel prices for dorm rooms starting at around $15 a night. There are plenty of free things to do and enjoy, and if you’re willing to buy groceries and live off of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and fruit you can usually stay under $15 a day for food.

Alberta, Canada
Alberta, Canada

Bolivia

South America isn’t as cheap as it once was, but there are still a few hidden spots where backpackers can enjoy exploring for only a few dollars a day.

Bolivia is one of the best places, with plenty of South American charm and exotic destinations within reach of budget-friendly accommodations. You can find places to stay for around $5 a night, and meals filled with rice and beans will only cost you a few dollars per meal.

Isla del Sol, Bolivia
Isla del Sol, Bolivia

Nicaragua

Nicaragua offers plenty of Central American charm for backpackers without the hefty prices of other more popular South American countries.

Even the most touristy towns only cost around $10 per night for a dorm room, and any number of the smaller towns have plenty of hostels with even cheaper price tags. The typical South American fare will only cost you a few dollars each meal, making Nicaragua one of the best ways to explore Central America’s beauty while on a backpacker’s budget.

El Hoyo Volcano, Nicaragua
El Hoyo Volcano, Nicaragua

Nepal

Ready for some serious backpacking? Nepal offers more than just living out of a backpack. This country has some of the world’s highest peaks and thousands of miles of backpacking trails. These treks are filled with mountain vistas and unending skies. What’s the best thing about all of this? The trails are filled with lodges, temples, and houses that offer cheap accommodation, sights, and food. Kathmandu, Nepal’s main city, boasts the second cheapest hostel in the world! How much you may guess? You can get a bed inside for a mere $2 per night!

Hiking to the base of Mount Annapurna. -Nepal
Hiking to the base of Mount Annapurna. -Nepal

So, are you ready for your next adventure?

Renata Sandor
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Renata Sandor is a Marketing Specialist and has a Masters degree in PR and Advertising from DePaul University. She has a passion for traveling around the world and trying new things.

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