It’s tough deciding where you want to go on your travel adventure. Here are some of the best backpack places…
They say that we’ve all got to start somewhere, and no truer word was spoken when it comes to setting foot out of the door for that first-time backpacking adventure. For the novice traveler, this can be extremely daunting, as there’s so much to consider before taking the leap. Perhaps the most obvious and sometimes the most difficult decision to make is where you’re actually going to go! So, with that in mind, we’ve put together a bunch of awesome backpacking destinations for you to dip your toe into the water.
Well, we’re obviously pretty biased here being from Poland and all, but we really do believe it’s a fantastic backpacking region and a great starting point to traveling through eastern Europe. Forget the likes of Spain, France and the UK, they’re too expensive and too far inside your comfort zone. It’s all about the east baby!
Pretty much anywhere you go in Southeast Asia is backpacking heaven, which is why it regularly finds its way into articles such as this, and many students flock here after graduating or during their gap years. And indeed, it is a paradise, with incredible beaches, fantastic weather, amazing hospitality and an abundance of activities to keep you entertained. Just be a contentious, animal-friendly backpacker when it comes to the elephant “sanctuaries” and Tiger Temples.
There’s one common denominator with all the locations on this list, and that’s friendly people. Estonian’s are a fun bunch, with most young people speaking excellent English, and they’ll welcome you with open arms.
It’s hard to imagine that 20 years ago there was fierce conflict in the Balkans, as the region has slowly but surely risen from the ashes to become one of the safest and friendliest backpacking destinations in the world. The hostel infrastructure here is second to none, with some incredible places to stay in every country.
People often mention Costa Rica as a great first-time backpacker location, but it’s much more expensive than its surrounding Central American brothers. Nicaragua has been growing a cult following for a number of years, largely due to its coastal beach towns and fantastic surfing conditions.
South America is a backpacker’s dream, and a fantastic budget destination to kick off your travels. It was difficult to choose one particular country, but we’ve opted for Peru. It’s traveler friendly, and there are some incredible sights to see in a stunningly beautiful country with friendly people and a fascinating history.
We’ve squeezed in Australia at the end because it doesn’t quite snugly fit into our first-time backpacker criteria as it’s insanely expensive. However, it is a great country to cut your teeth traveling in, with many first-timers journeying here to pick up paid or volunteer work, as there are a host of WOOFING (Working on Organic Farms) opportunities to be had. Then you can squirrel away for six months to a year, save some serious pennies, and go off exploring the outback until your heart’s content. When you’re done with Oz, use it as a jump off into southeast Asia – that’s what nearly all Aussie backpackers do!