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Backpacking is a right of passage for many college-aged students around the world. It is an affordable way to have an unforgettable travel experience. This is a list of great countries for backpacking - the best destinations for living out of a single bag. Where is the greatest place for a backpacking vacation? Vote on this list of the best countries to backpack and help us determine which nation is number one.

Europe has always been a popular destination for the backpacking traveler. Eurorail is an affordable way to get from city to city and European hostels are a great, cheap place to rest your head... and your backpack.

Asia is becoming a favorite location for the modern backpacker. With beautiful Buddhist temples and delicious cuisine, thrifty travelers can take in a lot of culture for a modest expense in Nepal and Thailand. India is also a wonderful country to journey through. They have their own hostel system in the major cities and offer affordable tours for college students. All hostels are not created equally so be sure to book your travel plans in advance to ensure you get the best bang for your buck.

Vote away Ranker voters and help young travelers determine which is the best country to backpack. If you have any great backpacking stories, please share them in the comments section. Happy travels!
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Germany is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Germany Berlin

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152 62
Netherlands is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Netherlands Amsterdam

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139 64
Iceland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Iceland Reykjavik

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141 58
Australia is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Australia Canberra

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141 60
Czech Republic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack

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137 58
Republic of Ireland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack

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152 69
Finland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Finland Helsinki

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129 56
Scotland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Scotland Edinburgh

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147 61
Denmark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Denmark Copenhagen

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141 68
Sweden is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Sweden Stockholm

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136 57
Belgium is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Belgium City of Brussels

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131 55
Greece is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Greece Athens

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141 63
Spain is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Spain Madrid

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128 55
New Zealand is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
New Zealand Wellington

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84 39
Portugal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
amsmaia added Portugal Lisbon

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144 72
Hungary is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Hungary Budapest

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132 52
Switzerland is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack

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119 57
England is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
England London

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Canada is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Canada Ottawa

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Wales is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Wales Cardiff

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32 9
Norway is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Norway Oslo

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146 85
Italy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Italy Rome

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88 53
Israel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Judy Abramson added Israel Jerusalem

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114 78
Croatia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
sebbzor added Croatia Zagreb

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129 78
France is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
France Paris

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104 79
Argentina is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Argentina Buenos Aires

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128 104
United States of America is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
United States of America Washington, D.C.

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Uruguay is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Uruguay Montevideo

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98 86
Brazil is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Brazil Brasília

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156 115
Poland is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Poland Warsaw

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87 83
Japan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Japan Tokyo

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Ecuador is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Ecuador Quito

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82 81
Singapore is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Singapore Singapore

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84 74
Peru is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Peru Lima

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85 76
Costa Rica is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Costa Rica San José

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80 72
Chile is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Chile Santiago

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108 101
Albania is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Albania Tirana

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74 84
Vietnam is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Vietnam Hanoi

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87 81
Thailand is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Thailand Bangkok

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76 79
Cambodia is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Cambodia Phnom Penh

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76 80
Laos is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Laos Vientiane

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74 69
South Africa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
South Africa Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Pretoria

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56 58
South Korea is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added South Korea Seoul

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Panama is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Panama Panama City

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52 55
Bhutan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Bhutan Thimphu

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92 82
Turkey is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Turkey Ankara

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50 50
Venezuela is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Venezuela Caracas

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50 50
Guatemala is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Guatemala Guatemala City

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77 74
Colombia is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Colombia Bogotá

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72 71
Nicaragua is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Nicaragua Managua