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List Rules Vote up the cheapest, coolest, and most exciting countries for backpacking trips.

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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183 73
Germany is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Germany Berlin

2
154 68
Netherlands is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Netherlands Amsterdam

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145 68
Iceland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Iceland Reykjavik

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146 64
Australia is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Australia Canberra

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145 65
Czech Republic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack

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142 64
Republic of Ireland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack

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154 74
Finland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Finland Helsinki

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149 65
Denmark is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Denmark Copenhagen

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131 60
Scotland is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Scotland Edinburgh

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133 57
New Zealand is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
New Zealand Wellington

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134 59
Greece is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Greece Athens

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144 66
Spain is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Spain Madrid

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142 72
Sweden is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Sweden Stockholm

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137 62
Belgium is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Belgium City of Brussels

The Best Southeast Asian Countries to Visit

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133 55
Switzerland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack

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145 76
Hungary is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Hungary Budapest

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86 42
Portugal is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
amsmaia added Portugal Lisbon

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120 60
England is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
England London

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76 50
Canada is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Canada Ottawa

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147 88
Italy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Italy Rome

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43 13
Wales is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Wales Cardiff

The Best Restaurants at LAX

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130 82
France is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
France Paris

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34 11
Norway is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Norway Oslo

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117 81
Croatia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
sebbzor added Croatia Zagreb

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91 59
Israel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Judy Abramson added Israel Jerusalem

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106 81
Argentina is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Argentina Buenos Aires

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104 88
Brazil is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Brazil Brasília

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28 11
Uruguay is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Uruguay Montevideo

The Most Beautiful Countries in the World

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95 73
Chile is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Chile Santiago

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98 83
Japan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Japan Tokyo

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98 77
Costa Rica is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Costa Rica San José

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97 76
Peru is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Peru Lima

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131 110
United States of America is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
United States of America Washington, D.C.

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100 81
Singapore is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Singapore Singapore

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122 102
Albania is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Albania Tirana

The Coolest, Best Kept Secrets of the Disney Parks

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65 48
Panama is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Panama Panama City

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68 51
Venezuela is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Venezuela Caracas

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108 84
Turkey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Turkey Ankara

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74 61
South Korea is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added South Korea Seoul

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62 51
Ecuador is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Ecuador Quito

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92 82
Laos is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Laos Vientiane

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91 81
Cambodia is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Cambodia Phnom Penh

The Countries with the Best Quality of Life

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88 85
Vietnam is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Vietnam Hanoi

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103 82
Thailand is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Thailand Bangkok

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93 72
South Africa is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
South Africa Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Pretoria

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71 57
Bhutan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Bhutan Thimphu

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110 88
Mexico is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Mexico Mexico City

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72 52
Guatemala is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Guatemala Guatemala City

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97 76
Colombia is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Colombia Bogotá

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101 82
Indonesia is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Indonesia Jakarta