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

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

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Czech Republic is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack

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Australia is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Australia Canberra

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

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

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

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Sweden is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Sweden Stockholm

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Denmark is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Denmark Copenhagen

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

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Portugal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Portugal Lisbon

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

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Greece is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Greece Athens

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New Zealand is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
New Zealand Wellington

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

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

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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
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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Italy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Italy Rome

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Norway is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Norway Oslo

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Israel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Israel Jerusalem

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

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

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Poland is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Poland Warsaw

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Argentina is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Argentina Buenos Aires

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Brazil is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Brazil Brasília

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United States of America is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
United States of America Washington, D.C.

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Singapore is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Singapore Singapore

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

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Vietnam is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Vietnam Hanoi

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Peru is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Peru Lima

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Ecuador is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Ecuador Quito

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Uruguay is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Uruguay Montevideo

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Albania is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Albania Tirana

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Costa Rica is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Costa Rica San José

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Chile is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Chile Santiago

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Cambodia is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Cambodia Phnom Penh

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Thailand is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Thailand Bangkok

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South Korea is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
South Korea Seoul

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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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Laos is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Laos Vientiane

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

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

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

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

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

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Nepal is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Nepal Kathmandu

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Colombia is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Colombia Bogotá